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01 Sep Finances after Addiction

Addiction recovery allows you to rebuild your life, and part of that rebuild, is rebuilding your finances.   You will need to learn to manage your finances as you may be deep in the hole after years of addiction.  Below is a guide to help you rebuild your financial situation.
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14 Aug Parenting and Addiction: Beating the Blame Game

Parenting is tough Recently, a prominent billboard lining Utah highways was taken down in response to a petition. This billboard stated “Addiction can be prevented; Parenting is prevention.” While the sentiment was probably meant well, it’s easy to see how this can be a hurtful and false statement. It’s natural to see implied message: if effective parenting can prevent addiction, and you have a child who suffers from addiction, you didn’t do a good job and you should have prevented it. It’s difficult to change this message and mentality instead to one that can promote productive behavior. However, when it comes to personal blame and the struggle of dealing with helping a child overcome addiction, the question is much more personal: is there something I did wrong? How could I let this happen? Even when we know better, hypothetically, it’s hard to make the self-doubting demons go away.
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01 Aug Naloxone Enables Us To Help Our Loved Ones

ClimbingHave you seen the ads for Naloxone popping up all over billboards along the Wasatch range? Utah Naloxone is an organization that seeks to prevent deaths from overdoses by making a powerful first aid resource available to everyone.

Utah Overdoses By The Numbers

Between 2012 and 2014, Utah had the fourth highest fatality rate from drug overdoses. Utah has the highest rate of death in veterans from opioid abuse. Every week, 6 people in Utah die from opioid use. Overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in Utah--even more common than vehicle accidents.
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15 Jul Build Boundaries to Protect Your Recovery

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An important part of staying sober after recovery is learning to avoid temptation and triggers that will send you back into bad old habits. In order to create an environment that will nurture your recovery when you come home, you need to learn how to set boundaries in your life and your relationships.

Many of us hesitate to set boundaries, thinking that it makes us cowardly, selfish, or mean. However, boundaries are actually a mark of courage and compassion, according to researcher Brene Brown:

“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.”

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01 Jul Setting Boundaries for You and Your Loved Ones

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We often hesitate to set boundaries in our life, worrying that it’s a signal we don’t love and care about the people around us. However, the truth is just the opposite. It’s important to recognize that there’s a difference between being “nice” and being truly compassionate.

“Compassionate people ask for what they need. They say no when they need to, and when they say yes, they mean it. They're compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.”

-Brene Brown

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01 Jun Do You Have a Prodigal Son?

Woman hugging her daughterWe all are familiar with the story of the Prodigal Son found in Luke Chapter 15.  A man had two sons, one asks his father to divide up his portion of his inheritance.  The young man took a journey and as the bible says “wasted his substance with riotous living.”  After a while, due to a famine, and his lifestyle, the son lost all he had and started feeding pigs, sometimes eating what was thrown to them.  After a while, he realized that his Father’s servants were better off than he, so he went to find his father.   Once he arrived, his father ran towards him, and kissed him, and killed the fatted calf for a celebration.
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01 May Sobriety Is about Connection

Sobriety is about connection.

According to the book Chasing the Scream, by journalist Johann Hari, the “opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety, but connection.” There is a lot of truth to this, as sobriety is more of a lifestyle, rather than simply not taking drugs, and addiction is primarily destructive because of how it alienates people further into the fringes of society. However, from a nuanced perspective, what sobriety is about is actually connection. If sobriety is a lifestyle, then the ways that we interact with our fellow man are the tenets that hold such a lifestyle together, so that we can share in our human experience in positive and fulfilling ways. Here is some information about this ideology, as well as Johann Hari’s experience with it...

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15 Apr Alcohol Abuse Increases Heart Risks

A man stares into a glass of whiskey.We may get used to hearing about the dangers of alcohol abuse. However, it is important not to get complacent when you hear about the ways that alcohol can impact your health, or else you may become numb to the truth of the situation. While more and more people are becoming knowledgeable about the cardiovascular danger of long-term alcohol abuse, not enough is being discussed about how the short term effects of immediate alcohol intake. Here is some more information about the effects on your heart that drinking alcohol can have...

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01 Apr Surviving Addiction Without Family

A depressed man with wine is an alcoholic.Addiction is an incredibly personal battle that will require everything that an addict has to fight. For this reason, it is usually very beneficial for a strong support system to be there to help them in this journey towards a complete recovery. Family is inherently a great place for this support system to stem from. It is hard to find a group of people who are devoted to you and love you so unconditionally that they would stand by your side in even the most trying of times. However, not everybody has the luxury of this built-in support structure. This may be for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, a person may not have any surviving family around them, or perhaps their family has turned their backs on them during this time. However, not all is lost. While the fight may be hard, there is a way to beat addiction, even for those who don’t have the benefit of a family to support them...

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