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June is PTSD Awareness Month

PTSD - what is it? As defined by the National Center for PTSD - PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. Who develops PTSD? Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person's control. For example, having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event or getting injured during the event can make it more likely that a person will develop PTSD. PTSD is also more common after certain types of trauma, like combat and sexual assault. Personal factors, like previous traumatic exposure, age, and gender, can affect whether or not a person will develop PTSD. What happens after the traumatic event is also important. Stress can make PTSD more likely, while social support can make it less likely. Will People with PTSD Get...

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Addiction

3 Keys to Living Sober

Before you go and start the google engine up, slow down as these keys that I am about to define to you are what I use in my recovery as principles. When you first approach getting clean or sober, many say "how the heck am I going to get and stay clean and sober?" I will offer some wisdom that I have adapted being around AA for about 20 years and sober for 16 of those. My pride kept me giving up my sobriety for the first four years. So what did I learn? First, I learned that YOU CAN NOT DO SOBRIETY BY YOURSELF !! I submit to you that the three most dangerous words in sobriety are "I got this." I can tell you that you managing your sobriety almost never works, hence why we have sponsors. Those that white knuckle being sober will eventually drink again or they will be so miserable that they should be drinking. I have seen in my time that a person that controls their sobriety will eventually find little to no value in meetings, and then start the process of relapse. Second, I learned...

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Addiction

Why Can’t I get Sober?

Please note that while we post in this specific blog about alcoholism, we believe that all chemical dependency is driven by the user's substance of choice. In other words, chemical addiction behaviors differ collectively only in the chemical used. Back in the 1930s when Alcoholics Anonymous started there were many alcoholics that could not get or stay sober. Dr. Silkworth and others in the medical community that followed the fledgling organization observed many things. Dr. Harry Tiebout, an MD and psychiatrist was one of the medical professionals that took interest and made some crucial observations that still are apparent today. Alcoholics and addicts possess defiant behavior, and it is only through humility and a true "hitting bottom" experience, can their "unconquerable ego" be deflated to become humble says, Dr. Tiebout. What does this mean? Why can't I get sober or clean? It is my experience that 100% of the people that can't get sober is because they are unwilling to give up...

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