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Coping With Memories From Active Addiction

In recovery, you hear a lot about triggers. These are essentially memories—feelings, places, people, or circumstances that remind you of your substance use. Addiction and the Brain Addiction affects the reward circuit in the brain, which normally gives you pleasurable feelings from healthy activities like eating, socializing, or listening to music. Dopamine plays a large…

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What Are Benzos?

Benzodiazepines, often referred to as “benzos,” are depressants that cause sedation. They are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. However, people without prescriptions may obtain them in order to get high, and those with a prescription can also misuse them. Potential short-term effects of benzos include drowsiness, confusion, slurred speech, muscle…

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Coping With Obsessive Thoughts in Recovery

Many of us with histories of addiction deal with obsessive thoughts. During active addiction, we might have channeled them into—or numbed them with—alcohol or drugs. Not everyone with addiction is obsessive, but I certainly have this trait even nearly six years into recovery. It’s one I share with many of my sober friends. Telling Unfounded…