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Addiction Recovery



Addiction recovery refers to the ongoing, lifelong process of maintaining sobriety. Unlike with many other diseases, recovery from addiction will never be complete or finished. It is a lifelong process of facing the stressors and stimuli that led us toward addiction in the first place while navigating new challenges with a body that still remembers its old, harmful habits. When we struggle or relapse we may feel that all the hard work we’ve put in is lost, but even if we go three steps forward and two steps back, we still have taken five steps, and each of those steps means we are alive and trying move forward. Many people have struggled in this path, and their shared wisdom has produced different ways of moving through the world while in addiction recovery.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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How I Overcame Alcoholism | Claudia Christian | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

A hugely successful actress who saw her personal life and career tested by addiction, Claudia shares her journey of overcoming alcoholism and offers fresh perspectives on alcohol use disorder treatments.

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Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book

Many thousands have benefited from "The Big Book" and its simple but profound explanation of the doctrines behind Alcoholics Anonymous, which was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith.

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In Addiction Recovery, a Matter of the Mind

Mindfulness holds promise as a treatment for those struggling to curb their substance misuse, researchers say.

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FindCenterYou can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town.

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The Connection the Addict Craves | Jason Hyland | TEDxBostonCollege

Jason Hyland speaks about being a voice for the drug epidemic, showing what is possible even for people struggling currently or in early recovery. Being a former addict himself, Jason uses his personal experience to give a unique perspective of grit and self-empowerment.

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Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption

The eldest son of journalist Bill Moyers, William Cope Moyers relates with unforgettable clarity the story of how a young man with every advantage found himself spiraling into a love affair with crack cocaine that led him to the brink of death—and how a deep spirituality allowed him to conquer his...

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Long-Term Strategies for Overcoming Addiction

Long-term recovery is not a final destination, but an ongoing process of facing and coping with life without retreating into addictive behaviors.

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FindCenterNot all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic.

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Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change

Drawing on forty collective years of research and decades of clinical experience, the authors present the best practical advice science has to offer to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help someone change.

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This Addiction Treatment Works. Why Is It So Underused?

Steven Kelty had been addicted to crack cocaine for 32 years when he tried a different kind of treatment last year, one so basic in concept that he was skeptical.

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