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Progress, Not Perfection

May 23, 2019 9:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Recovery isn’t a test to anything besides your willingness. Recovery requires you to be willing: willing to admit powerlessness and unmanageability, willingness to try, willingness to change, willingness to take suggestions, even willingness to fail. The road to recovery isn’t going to be smooth-sailing just because you put down the drink or drugs, it requires real effort to embrace a life of sobriety to your fullest extent. Enter— a mainstream recovery phrase the Big Book of Alcoholic’s Anonymous: “We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection” The Danger of Perfection Striving for perfection is dangerous. No, I’m not just being dramatic. Striving for perfection can equate to relapse, why? Because having the pressure of doing everything perfectly will cause your slip ups to become discouraging in an overwhelming way. If... View Article


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The Gifts of Addiction Recovery

May 23, 2019 6:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Recovery is marked by changes. Transformative changes. Basically, in recovery, you are re-learning how to live— you are building a new lifestyle that is free from the constraints of drugs and alcohol. In recovery, you will be discovering more and more about yourself and your character, goal-setting, and taking in different coping skills and tools that will help you in your new sober life, among other things. This seems hard, but the reality of it is, if you went through addiction— recovery will pale in comparison. The best part of recovery, is that you will never again have to feel the despair and pain you felt in active addiction. Arguably the best thing you will gain from the recovery process is manageability. You will be able to gain confidence in... View Article


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Eminem’s Recovery Process Through his Albums

May 23, 2019 4:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s no secret that Detroit’s finest rapper, Eminem, has struggled with addiction. As the 10 year anniversary of Eminem’s album “Relapse” just passed a few days ago, we thought it was the perfect time to take a look at how Eminem has changed from “Relapse” to “Recovery” and explore his thoughts and feelings through his artistry. Eminem’s album “Relapse” was released on May 15th of 2009, and received a lot of criticism for its’ violent lyrics. “Relapse” was absolutely the most controversial, profane, violent, and chaotic album— probably of all time, across all genres of music. See how Eminem went from violence to insight, through a series of songs. Without a doubt, “Relapse” was one of Eminem’s most telling albums. Here, we will take a look at some of the... View Article


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The Company You Keep in Addiction Recovery

May 22, 2019 6:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You always hear about how important it is to surround yourself with good people, but why? It seems pretty self-explanatory, you should be hanging out with people who are doing the right thing, have something interesting to say, and lift you up instead of agreeing to let you be down. Co-miserating is common in addiction recovery, but why is choosing who you spend time with more impactful than you think? Friends are an important part of recovery, and an important part of life. The relationships you nurture should grow, so why is it so easy to get stuck in friendships that don’t? The Plant Analogy Trying to grow a friendship with the wrong people is like trying to grow a dying plant: The proper roots may have been laid, the... View Article


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An Interview with Frankie LoCascio

May 22, 2019 4:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Frankie LoCascio works here at Royal Life Centers, in the marketing department. Frankie, like many of our staff members, is in recovery himself. We decided to sit down and interview him, so that we could share his story of experience, strength and hope, with you. We asked Frankie twenty questions about addiction and recovery. Here is what he had to say: The Interview What were you like in active addiction? “I was a mess. I didn’t care about anything but myself or where I was going to get more money or more drugs, it didn’t matter who I had to screw over. If anyone tried to screw up my flow of drugs, I would push them away. It didn’t matter if I had to steal from my friends, steal from... View Article


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Murder Charges for your Local Drug Dealer

May 17, 2019 4:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Recently, we have seen headlines across the United States implicating local drug dealers for their part in drug overdoses. In various states, small time drug dealers are catching a murder charge for selling people the drugs that would eventually cause their overdose. Is this fair? “…from 2011 to 2016, the number of news stories about people charged with or prosecuted for drug-induced homicides increased from 363 to 1,178 — more than a 300 percent increase that corresponds with the rise of opioid-related deaths…” (Collins). Today we’re going to explore a few cases that led to second-degree murder charges for small time dealers. Bruck Fekadu, North Carolina Yesterday, Bruck Fekadu, a small time fentanyl street dealer, was charged with second-degree murder and the distribution of a schedule II controlled substance. Fedaku... View Article


Outrageous Incentives and Behaviors of Doctors: What You Didn’t Know About The Opioid Crisis

May 16, 2019 9:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Recently, we’ve reported about the criminal justice system targeting more prominent (and overlooked) players in the opioid crisis. Your local drug dealer didn’t have nearly the same impact or reach that major pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and doctors had. Today we’re going to touch on the careless and shocking misconduct of doctors around the country, using a who/what/when/where/and why format. Who? 31 doctors, 7 pharmacists, 8 nurse practitioners and 7 other licensed medical professionals. This is a total of 60 people. What? Doctors in seven states were charged with prescribing opioids in exchange for cash, and even sex. More than 32 million painkillers were prescribed in exchange for sex and money. These charges involve more than 350,000 illegal prescriptions being written. One dentist indicted even “…unnecessarily pulled teeth from patients to... View Article


Spiritual Growth in Addiction Recovery

May 16, 2019 6:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Addiction affects you biologically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. For this reason, we use a holistic treatment approach—which tends to the mind, body and spirit. Spirituality and spiritual growth is essential in both addiction treatment and recovery. Recovery is supported by spirituality. What is Spirituality? “Spirituality is the experience and integration of meaning and purpose in life through connectedness with self, others, art, music, literature, nature or a power greater than oneself” (Smith). Spirituality is often a blanket term for religion and religious faith, though spirituality is different from religion. Religion follows religious texts, beliefs, and ideals while spirituality just comes from your soul. You decide your own beliefs, ideals, and values with spirituality. Spirituality is essentially a connectedness and authenticity of self that provides meaning and purpose. The definition of... View Article


From Social Networks to Drug Networks: Using Apps to Deal Drugs

May 15, 2019 7:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Have social networking apps become apps to deal drugs? As the world adjusts to burgeoning technological advances, the way we communicate continues to be revolutionized. Younger generations have grown accustomed to communicating mostly through text, instead of oral communication. Regular conversations are far and few between as a greater online presence is nearly demanded. Networking has grown in the direction of being online, with little face-to-face interactions, but instead with conversations and information sharing that’s in real-time. The Era of Convenience With all of the technological advances, our society is in the era of convenience. You no longer have to leave the comfort of your home to go grocery shopping because of apps like Instacart, calling a taxi is a thing of the past with transportation apps like Uber and... View Article


Beyond Zoning Out: How to Get Someone Out of a Dissociative State

May 14, 2019 4:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Often during addiction treatment, guests will face many emotions and thoughts that they haven’t in years. One of the greatest gifts of sobriety is your clarity of mind, but being lucid can also feel like a curse if you are overwhelmed with facing the repressed feelings that are resurfacing now that you’re sober. One defense mechanism or reaction you may have is called dissociation. This is a state that can be triggered, or result from conversations that are emotionally straining. Today we’re going to explore dissociation, dissociative states, dissociative disorder, and depersonalization. What is Dissociation? Dissociation is a state that causes a lack of connection to a person’s thoughts, memory, sense of identity and mental process. A dissociative state is marked by “losing touch” with awareness of your immediate surroundings.... View Article