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Addiction Stigma: Choice Versus Disease

“Mental illness is the last frontier. The gay thing is part of everyday life now on a show like ‘Modern Family,’ but mental illness is still full of stigma. Maybe it is time for that to change.” – Eric McCormack In doing my research for this blog, I came across an article in the Huffington

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What to Expect When a Loved One Comes Home from Treatment

“A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last. The same principle applies to man; otherwise, he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by the world of illusion.” – Sai Baba Your loved one has made the first step; whether by intervention, hitting a personal

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How to Deal With a Loved One’s Relapse

“Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.” – Jimmy Connors I have entered and aborted the recovery process more times than I care to admit. For easily over a decade, I was the “new

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Tips for Healing the Family

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”  -Confucius One of the first things

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Stigma: Dealing with the Family

“Guilt is one side of a nasty triangle; the other two sides are shame and stigma.” – Germaine Greer I remember one of the most shameful days of my life as if it were yesterday. I was in my late twenties living in North Philadelphia. The Bad Lands. Crack cocaine had taken a vicious hold

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Are We Starting to Catch On: Diffusion & Addiction in America

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison What is Diffusion? One of the definitions of diffusion according to Merriam Webster is: “the spread of cultural elements from one area or group of people to others by contact.” The diffusion of innovation has been around since the

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To The Loved Ones

The 1939 publication “Alcoholics Anonymous,” commonly referred to as The Big Book masterfully details the problem of alcoholism and a way out that has worked for millions since. One of the chapters in that book is called, “To the Wives.” It’s not just for wives, it was written from the collective experience of wives specifically

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Sober Living

If you have been through detox and intensive inpatient treatment and you are newly sober, a sober living may be perfect for you. As you are transitioning from treatment and beginning a normal life, it can be difficult learning how to balance the day-to-day demands of work, relationships and your commitment to stay sober. Sober

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Courage to Change

Courage to Change Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the life of a man who gave America the courage it needed to change for the better. He taught us the value of compassion, truth, dignity, service, and valor. Finding the bravery it takes within to make changes in your life as an individual or as

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The Four Agreements: Creating Your Serenity

  One of the most influential books in the recovery world and very commonly used in addiction recovery centers is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Many of our clinicians here at GateHouse Treatment suggest the book to supplement 12-step work or following it to our clients. The main concept of the Four Agreements is they work together to allow you to reshape

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