brain healing

Will I Ever Feel Normal? Healing Your Brain After Drug Addiction


Drug Addiction: The word “addiction” comes from a Latin term that means “bound to” or “enslaved.”
If you or someone you love has struggled to overcome drug addiction, you understand this concept.

In active drug addiction, I not only felt painfully helpless against this monster that had awakened inside of me, but the more I learned about the repercussions, the more I began to feel like it was a life sentence, even if I broke free. 

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Signs Your Loved One is Ready to Talk About Drug Addiction Treatment

When you discover a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, the first thing you want to do is get them some help. Seems rational, right? Most often, however, it isn’t that easy. Denial is a big part of addiction. “I don’t have a problem,” may be the reply to every attempt at a  conversation, and even after the problem is acknowledged, the person struggling may believe they can quit on their own, any time they want to.

The truth is, addiction is just as much of a lesson in powerlessness for loved ones as it is for the person in active addiction. We quickly discover that it’s not really up to us when our loved one goes to rehab. Getting help is a personal crossroad and everyone gets there “when they do.” 

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Addicted Child? How to Help Without Enabling

Are You Enabling an Addicted Child?

Look for yourself in either of these descriptions:

Enabling Someone in Addiction: Doing something for someone to ease the reality of their consequences. Doing something for someone that they can (and should) do for themselves.
Possible examples: Calling treatment facilities to ask questions about care. Searching the internet for job openings while your child sleeps. Driving someone to obtain illegal substances to help keep them from withdrawal. (The alternative to this last sentence would be to provide information on detox facilities).

Helping Someone in Addiction: Offering support, encouragement or information to help a person begin their journey of recovery.
Possible examples: Visiting a person in treatment during family day. Attending Al-Anon or Nar-Anon in order to understand codependency and to become as healthy as possible for yourself and the family as a whole.

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Addicted Seniors: Talking to Your Parents About Treatment

Are You an Adult Child With an Addicted Parent?

Addicted seniors. It’s a real problem.

If your parents were ill, you’d do anything you needed to in order to help them. Unfortunately, when adult children begin to see their older parents sink into alcoholism or drug addiction, they often are unsure how to approach the situation. It’s difficult to see a 50- or 60-year old parent and come to the realization that they may be an alcoholic or addicted to pain medication; then, to find a way to talk to them about it without damaging the relationship can be very difficult.

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6 Things that Will Keep You Sober over the 4th of July

Each year on the fourth of July, celebrations of our independence begin. From New York to LA, you can count on backyard BBQs, red-white-and-blue, and thousands of firework displays. You can also count on parties, most of which feature alcohol as the main beverage. As a sober person, how do you enjoy the holiday without feeling like you’re missing out, or relapsing? Here are six solutions to your problem.

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What Are the Top 10 Most Addictive Drugs

Addiction can be defined as the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors. Classic hallmarks of drug addiction include impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with substance or behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial.

When you think of full blown drug addiction, what comes to mind?

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Addiction Switching: From One Bondage to the Next

Addiction switching. What is it and what does it have to do with your recovery journey?

There is an article about addiction by Lance Morrow. In it, he writes “the mentality of addiction, of alcoholism, prevails in American life even when no drugs or alcohol are involved.”

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heroin addiction

Dear Parent: Are You Enabling Your Child’s Heroin Addiction?

Heroin addiction. It’s a painful place to live.

…Not just for the person in bondage to the drug, but for everyone who loves that person.
Drug addiction chips away at the family of the addict. It erodes relationships a little at a time.

Are You Enabling Your Child’s Heroin Addiction?

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The Truth About Pregnancy and Drug Addiction

For many women, pregnancy is an empowering and exciting time. From the moment those two pink lines appear on the home pregnancy test to the day a new mom meets her baby face-to-face, pregnancy and the idea of motherhood is unlike any other experience.

For a woman struggling to break free from drug addiction, however, pregnancy can feel like a panicked race against the clock to stop using along with the weight of shame that often keeps a woman silent and afraid to seek help.

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Gracious Care’s Programs and Philosophy

At Gracious Care Recovery, we help clients overcome their addictions by first focusing on God and Jesus Christ’s plan for our new lives in recovery. Without this spiritual connection, recovery is much harder to get. With God’s power and by utilizing traditional treatment methods, such as individual and group counseling, twelve step philosophy and meetings, Gracious Care’s Recovery have saved lives and changed lives.

Another program we use to support our clients is Holistic therapy. Holistic therapy treats the whole person’s mind, body, spirit, and emotions as one. It includes guided meditations, art and music therapy, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care. We have found a genuine solution that leads addicts and alcoholics to recovery and that is treating the individual as special and acknowledging their own unique set of life experiences. With us, no two people are the same. This outlook for substance abuse treatment has proven effective and we believe in thorough individualized treatment planning and support.

We have developed an easy approach that highlights our faith in God as our main form of support. Gracious Care knows that by giving attention to your faith while in early recovery and throughout your recovery, you can stay clean and sober. God won’t let you down! Also for substance abuse treatment to be effective, recovery also needs to be made simple. The three things every recovering addict needs to do daily is. First, pray and honor God for getting you sober. Second, connect with your sober support. Sober support includes friends in recovery, family, counselors and going to regular meetings. The third is employment. Employment is not just essential for life it builds self-esteem and helps every recovering addict and alcoholic feel valued and a part of life again.

We have found that it is these three simple ways of living that all people in recovery depend on and value the most once they are clean and sober. Gracious Care is here to love you, support you and stay with you from the very first day of your recovery and throughout. God’s plan for every addict is to get them clean and sober.

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