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Waiting for Permission to Alter Your Life in 2018? No More.

Here's what I know from helping hundreds of people struggling with addiction ... 

Your recovery looks much different when you gain confidence.

When you feel confident, you don't hesitate to make the decisions that are right for you. You don't go back and forth on your word, exhausting yourself with pros and cons. You don't shy away from your depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Instead, you do the work of healing your underlying core issues. You show up, speak up, and stand up. You live from your heart, with a deep sense of worth and belonging. 

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Review: The Sober Truth - Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12 Step Programs with Dr. Lance Dodes

12 Step programs have been the standard of care in both outpatient and residential addiction treatment for the better part of the last century.

But if these programs work so well, then why do we see so many people struggling to stay sober after rehab? Why do we see dismal relapse rates?

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What Do Cookies and Meth Have in Common? The Neuroscience of Addiction

“My drug of choice is food. I use food for the same reasons an addict uses drugs: to comfort, to soothe, to ease stress.”

So said Oprah Winfrey, media mogul, producer, and philanthropist. Oprah’s candid words highlight the link between food and drug abuse, capturing the addictive struggle that millions of Americans face daily.

Thanks to decades of research, we have a stronger understanding of the neuroscience of addiction.

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Why Addiction Is Not a Disease: An Interview with Dr. Marc Lewis

Is addiction a disease or not? That’s one of the most pressing questions in addiction research and recovery today. Neuroscientist, retired professor, and author Dr. Marc Lewis is convinced that addiction is not a disease, and he explains why in this fascinating interview.

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Is Addiction a Disease? An Interview with Dr. Sally Satel (video)

In the last twenty years, the idea of addiction and the brain disease model - in other words, the concept that addiction is a disease - has soared in popularity.

It is supported by many respected individuals and organizations. For example, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) currently defines addiction as “a chronic and relapsing brain disease.”

Similarly, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) calls addiction “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.”

But does that mean that the millions of Americans who struggle with addiction cannot recover fully?

Do these definitions encompass the true nature of addiction, or is there more to the story? 

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Freedom from Anxiety and Addiction: An Interview with Jodi Aman

Have you ever felt hopeless and powerless in the face of your anxiety? Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could just feel better for good ... while simultaneously believing that recovering from anxiety isn’t a possibility?

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Sobriety Quotes: Neil Steinberg on Going to Rehab

What does it feel like to check yourself into rehab? Recently we interviewed journalist and author Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times on his struggle with alcohol, his time in rehab, and his ultimately successful recovery.

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Is There a Myth about Childhood Trauma and Addiction? Q&A with Author Neil Steinberg

One of the most pervasive myths about mental and emotional trauma is that it is only “allowed” in the wake of major abuse or violence.

While physical and sexual abuse are certainly traumatic - and frighteningly common - they’re not the only requirements for trauma.

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What is Spiritual Wellness? An Interview with Ilchi Lee

What is Spiritual Wellness? Some people define spiritual wellness as an alignment between your values and the way in which you live your life. Others say that it has to do with finding your purpose and living life with compassion for yourself and others.

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Out of the Wreck I Rise: Interview with Neil Steinberg

Addiction is easy to fall into and hard to escape. It destroys the lives of individuals, and it has a devastating cost to society. The National Institute of Health estimates that seventeen million adults in the United States are alcoholics or have a serious problem with alcohol.

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