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Cigarettes and Addiction Recovery

A common joke in the addiction recovery community is that you can always tell where an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting is by the large group of smokers hanging outside the building. Smoking in recovery is a paradox because those who have gotten sober from drugs or alcohol are smoking cigarettes. However, you’ll often find that…

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Tips to Get Through the Holidays

It is no secret that in today’s world, the holiday season is often associated with indulgence. The narrative for numerous years has been to eat plentifully, give generously and in many cases drink a lot of alcohol. This holiday indulgence tends to be completely normalized on a personal and societal level, so if one does…

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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Opioids are a class of drugs used to reduce pain and are typically derived from nature’s pain reliever, the opium poppy plant. Yet now, most are synthesized in laboratories to make powerful prescription medications. Opioids are incredibly addictive, and not only reduce pain but can also induce a euphoric high in certain doses. Opioids access…

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The Long-Term Effects of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Addiction can cause short- and long-term effects on the body. Short-term effects may be easier to manage and overlook, but long-term effects may be chronic and irreversible. Those struggling with an addiction to drugs and alcohol may not realize the harm they are causing their bodies over time until it is too late. Educating the…

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Addiction in Women

Addiction affects people differently depending on circumstances that include the environment, mental health, physical shape and other factors. However, gender also affects how addiction can alter one’s body and life. Even in co-ed facilities such as Authentic Recovery Center, it is important to understand these differences to properly treat men and women. Understanding addiction in…

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Giving Back After Getting Sober

Maintaining recovery is an essential step after getting sober. There are many factors in keeping up recovery, and giving back is one crucial aspect. Being of service in recovery ensures you feel as though you have a purpose. Service will keep your recovery progressing even after years of being sober. Giving back can look different,…

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The Consequences of Driving Under the Influence

Many may find themselves in a situation where they weigh the options of driving after drinking or finding a safer alternative. Unfortunately, some people decide to drive, putting their own lives and the lives of others in danger. Drinking and driving is the cause of at least 10,000 deaths a year, with 30 people on…

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Rebuild Your Interpersonal Relationships In Recovery

Addiction is commonly referred to as a family disease because it not only affects the person going through active addiction, but also those closest to them. Family members and friends are often left feeling pain, hurt, sadness, anger or resentment. Seeing the impact that your disease has had on loved ones can cause you to…

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Kratom: A Legally Addictive Drug

“He had been drinking it as a tea to help with anxiety and ultimately ended up in the school’s student health center in acute opioid withdrawal” -Marianne Chai M.D. Dr. Chai first encountered kratom when treating a teenage boy for addiction. Like many therapists and addiction medicine clinicians, Dr. Chai was surprised to learn about…

Fighting Addiction Year-Round in the LGBTQ Community

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” –Harvey Fierstein   We currently live in a society that has been overcome with stigma, turmoil, violence, judgment, and brokenness. Most of the time, we are fighting against each other for the same…

Alcohol Consumption On the Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Online partying, Zoom happy hours, “quarantinis”, alcohol delivery and to-go margaritas are becoming a massive hit during this COVID-19 pandemic. While many industries have financially struggled due to the stay at home orders and business closures, alcohol consumption and sales have skyrocketed. More people are stuck at home, have been laid off from work, and…

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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Opioids are a leading source of addiction and overdose deaths in the U.S. Understanding the opioid epidemic requires understanding what opioids are, the effects and consequences of opioid addiction, and important treatment information. The Authentic Recovery Center professionals have the experience to provide treatment for individuals with opioid addiction. Understanding the opioid epidemic, and utilizing…

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DUI vs DWI

DUI and DWI are acronyms that mean the same thing in some states, while in other states, they are different offenses. The acronym DUI stands for ‘driving under the influence,’ while DWI stands for ‘driving while intoxicated.’ The professional staff at Authentic Recovery Center provides treatment for individuals that drive under the influence of alcohol…

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What is Lean Drug?

Lean, Drank, Purple Drank, Sizzurp, and Dirty Sprite are just some terms used to describe the drug known as Lean. Do you or your loved one know what is Lean drug? Are you aware of the potential side effects? The Authentic Recovery Center staff guides individuals that use Lean through a healthy recovery that focuses…

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Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms That You Must Know

Every year, thousands of people die due to heroin addiction. This problem needs to be stopped, but so many people fear heroin withdrawal symptoms. This anxiety is understandable because withdrawal is excruciating – and even deadly. As a result, it is essential to not only understand these symptoms but how to manage them to beat…