06 Oct Healthy Ways to Help a Spouse Through Recovery

Addiction takes a heavy toll on relationships, especially within a marriage or long term partnership. It can be very overwhelming to try and repair your relationship and support recovery at the same time. Addiction can feel like a death sentence for marriage, but many couples...

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29 Sep The History of Opioids

From the poppy fields of ancient Mesopotamia, to the pleasantly packaged version we now receive from the pharmacy, opioids have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The addictive properties of these substances have been recognized right from the beginning, and the opium...

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25 Sep Reading the Best Books

One great way to avoid boredom, find fulfillment, and learn new things during recovery is by reading good books. You need to be careful which books you choose though, since you don’t want to read anything that depresses you, induces cravings, or otherwise detracts from...

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22 Sep Having a Christlike View of Addiction

The vast majority (90%) of those struggling with addiction don’t receive any treatment for their illness. One of the major barriers between addicts and treatment is the social stigmas surrounding the disease. The ideas that addiction is a choice, that addicts are morally deficient in...

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14 Aug Getting to Know Christ

A conference address from 1980 entitled “Willing to Receive” by Elder Marion D. Hanks provides some great insights into how we can get to know the Savior, and include His Atonement in our daily lives. The 12-step program asks us to call upon and rely...

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28 Jul The Healing Power of Nature

It’s no coincidence that Renaissance Ranch is nestled at the foot of the beautiful mountains, with access to all kinds of recreational activities, and some breathtaking views. There’s a healing power in nature that is a great addiction recovery aid. Many aspects of our program...

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28 Jul Opening the Lines of Communication

Addictive behaviors are so damaging to relationships, and a lot of your recovery work will be focused on repairing your support system. Establishing healthy communication habits is the foundation of any good relationship, so that’s a good place to start. It’s easier said than done...

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28 Jul Thinking Like an Addict

Addiction is a disease of the mind, and it affects the way a person processes information and approaches problems. Understanding addictive patterns of thinking is an important part of addiction recovery, both for the addict, and for those supporting them. Recognizing these thought patterns, knowing...

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06 Jun Prescription Drug Abuse —-> Heroin

A gateway drug is one that attracts first time users, and introduces them into the culture of substance abuse. These drugs are usually viewed as “safe” by the user, but eventually lead to more serious drug problems as inhibitions are lowered, and addiction sets in....

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21 May Media Messages Regarding Alcohol

Alcohol addiction is the most common type of addiction in our country, and more people fall victim to it every single day. In a culture where alcohol abuse is viewed as acceptable, and even fun, it’s easy for teens and young adults to fall into...

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