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Terry Hurley
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What is a Functioning Alcoholic?

Many people think of an alcoholic as someone who always drinks too much, looks disheveled, has difficulty holding a job, and is struggling financially. They may picture a person who has difficulty in their relationships, or is incarcerated, homeless, or hitting rock bottom. Although those things are true for some people with alcohol use disorder,...
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Addiction in the Veteran Community

A Rapidly Growing Problem Substance use disorder is a growing problem throughout the United States. Although alcohol or drug addiction can happen to anyone, for many of our military veterans substance abuse is a significant and rapidly growing problem. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 1.5 million...
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How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Treat Substance Abuse

Frequently used in drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common form of psychotherapy, or talk therapy. It is used to help individuals with substance use disorders become aware of their negative or inaccurate thinking. They are then able to view stressful or challenging situations more clearly and respond to...
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Dealing with Toxic Relationships in Recovery

As sobriety progresses, relationships need to be reevaluated. Recovery is a time to surround yourself with positive people who are supportive of your decision to become sober and distance yourself from those who are not. When a person is in recovery, it is important that they separate themselves from people in their lives who do...
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Great Ideas for Sober Summer Fun

Summer is a time of hot weather and sunny days. There are backyard barbecues, street fairs and festivals, days at the beach, and outdoor celebrations. For many people in recovery, those events have always included their favorite alcohol or drug of choice. If this is your first sober summer, you will still have an enjoyable...
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The Power of Words: Changing the Language of Addiction

Words are powerful. They can hurt. They can heal. They determine how we view our world and the people in it. When it comes to the language of addiction, words matter. The words and phrases used today frame the way people think about substance use and recovery. They also have a great impact on how...
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What Are Some Alternatives to 12-Step Programs?

There’s no one way to get sober. For many years, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, and similar 12-Step programs have been an important part of addiction management and recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Spiritual in nature, 12-Step programs ask their members to turn over their lives to a higher power. For some people, this concept...
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Exploring the Connection Between Addiction and Trauma

According to the US National Library of Medicine, traumatic life experiences are considered a major health problem and occur at an alarmingly high rate. Research has shown that when a person has exposure to traumatic life experiences, they have a higher probability of developing a substance use disorder. This is especially true if the traumatic...
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