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What is the Pink Cloud?

What is the Pink Cloud?

The pink cloud is a feeling people sometimes experience early in recovery. It usually lasts a few weeks or months, sometimes as long as a year. It’s a sort of euphoria that comes from turning one’s life around–or at least feeling like one’s life has turned around. It’s often described as a sort of mystical experience. It’s as if turning one’s will over to to his Higher Power has suddenly cleared the path to all good things. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling It certainly feels good to take a big positive step in life, to make…

How to Relax During Recovery

How to Relax During Recovery

Relaxation is important for recovery. It reduces stress and anxiety. It improves sleep and makes you healthier. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done. Much of the tension and anxiety you feel during early recovery is chemical. Your brain has not quite sorted out its levels of GABA, dopamine, and glutamate. It might be a while before you can relax deeply without chemical help, but taking time to relax will make other parts of recovery go better. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Schedule time to relax. Don’t just assume you’ll fit it in somewhere. When you are…

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How to Keep Shame from Ruining Your Recovery

Guilt and shame are major drivers of addiction and relapse. They are difficult emotions to deal with because when you feel shame or guilt, you face a dilemma: you can either try to run from it, often by using, or you beat yourself up with it. Shame and guilt are hard to let go of because you feel like letting go means you condone your mistakes, and this is compounded by the feeling that by forgiving yourself, you open yourself to criticism from others. That is, shame and guilt are a way of telling the world, “You can’t possibly say…

Why Gambling is So Addictive

Why Gambling is So Addictive

If you gamble regularly, the question, ‘Why is gambling addictive?’ probably seems absurd. Gambling is addictive because it’s fun and exciting. But plenty of things are fun and exciting without being addictive. What is it about gambling that is so compelling that otherwise responsible people will spend all their savings then steal money to gamble more? In gambling, there is a confluence of addictive psychological factors, what billionaire Charlie Munger aptly calls a ‘jackpot’. Here are the major factors. Intermittent reward. Everyone knows the excitement of gambling lies in the possibility of winning. That obviously implies there is also a…

Should You Exercise During Withdrawal?

Should You Exercise During Withdrawal?

Detox is not pleasant. Depending on what you’re quitting and how long you used, you might have headaches, irritability, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, aches, tremors, hallucinations, or seizures, and insomnia. Still, if you feel up to it, a bit of physical activity might help you feel better. Studies have shown that people who have quit smoking suffer less from withdrawal symptoms and cravings when they exercise. It didn’t even take very much exercise to have an effect. Some studies showed that even 10 minutes of moderate exercise was enough to reduce cravings. Another study, this one on rats, found that…

What to Share at AA Meetings

What to Share at AA Meetings

Sharing at meetings is an important part of recovery. Sharing makes you feel more like part of the group, creating a sense of mutual support. It allows you to get feedback on your problems so you don’t get lost in delusional thinking. It helps you feel better and get some clarity on your problems. Sharing is essential, but you want to share the right things. Here are some tips for sharing at meetings. Use some discretion. What you say in the rooms is supposed to stay there, but meetings are not legally obligated to be confidential. What’s more, relapse is…

Tricks Casinos Use to Get Your Money

Tricks Casinos Use to Get Your Money

Gambling addiction is a serious problem. People who normally responsible get into all sorts of financial, and sometimes, legal trouble when their gambling gets out of control. In recent years, researchers have discovered that gambling addiction is similar to drug addiction in several significant ways. The most important is probably the dopamine produced in the brain when you gamble. It functions in much the same way as, say cocaine. While gambling is already addictive, casinos have learned to maximise profits by refining the addictive features of their operations. Here are some of the tricks they use. The near win. Say…

How Goals Can Help Your Recovery

How Goals Can Help Your Recovery

Setting goals can be an important tool for recovery. Setting realistic, concrete goals increases accountability and gives you a sense of purpose. Whether you’re already in recovery, or still thinking about it, setting goals for yourself can help you live a better life. First, keep in mind there are really two types of goals. There are goals that are meant to achieve something specific, or terminal goals, and there there are ongoing, process goals. A terminal goal is something you work toward and achieve, whereas a process goal is something you just keep doing. For example, you might set a…

Alcohol is the Real Gateway Drug

Alcohol is the Real Gateway Drug

Marijuana has typically been decried as a “gateway drug” that leads to more dangerous drugs like cocaine and heroin. This argument has resurfaced as legalisation of marijuana in the US has become more likely. The problem with this argument is that it ignores a far more obvious culprit–alcohol. Alcohol is the first substance used by about two thirds of people. Most of the remainder use tobacco first and a small percentage use marijuana first. Alcohol is legal and far more common. Even underage children and teens can get it pretty easily. And the younger they start drinking, the more likely…

FAQ on Amphetamines

FAQ on Amphetamines

Amphetamine addiction can cause very serious health side effects for brain and body. Commonly prescribed as prescriptions and commonly abused as illegal drugs, amphetamine abuse can hide under the radar. If you are concerned about amphetamine abuse for yourself or for another, please read this information and contact us today. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Q. What are amphetamines? Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants that are prescribed to treat narcolepsy, asthma, and ADHD. People abuse them because they suppress appetite and prevent fatigue. Many lose weight or use them to stay away for studying. Q….