End Stigma against Medically Assisted Recovery

End Stigma against Medically Assisted Recovery

By Joseph Markman. The Enterprise. Posted Mar. 24, 2015 at 2:24 AM Updated at 2:43 AM Paul grew up in a middle class family and earned a college degree. He has worked as a professional on the South Shore for the last 20 years. His story, by now, is familiar. In his early 30s, Paul went into the hospital for surgery and came out with a 30-day prescription for OxyContin, a powerful painkiller containing oxycodone. Back then, in the late 1990s,...

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Neuroscience and addiction

Neuroscience and addiction

I like to consider myself well versed on drugs and recovery. My knowledge of both of these contradicting topics comes from self-discovery and exploration. I know drugs from doing them and I know recovery through the study and participation in the 12-step recovery programs along with more recent study of other people’s recovery paths through my work as a recovery coach. But what is neuroscience and what can it explain about addiction? This is...

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No Complaining

No Complaining

by Jen Smith: I’ve been reading Joe Vitale’s new book ‘The Awakening Course’.  I’m always up for a new trick or two to help me be happy.  Happiness and feeling good has been a life long endeavor for me.  Drugs and alcohol used to be my only source of feeling good, ‘Better living through chemistry’ was my motto.  Selecting the right mix of drugs, the right amounts, in the right order was an art form I took very seriously, until...

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What is a recovery coach?

What is a recovery coach?

By: Jen Smith In the last few years I have been asked if I was interested in becoming a recovery coach on more than one occasion. Since my plate was full with a demanding job, family, and service commitments to my twelve step fellowship, I easily declined. This past year I have been mostly unemployed trying to find my place in the world when again one of my best buds nonchalantly said, “Why don’t you become a recovery coach.” Ok message...

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Will I Ever Learn to Play Nice in the Sandbox?

Will I Ever Learn to Play Nice in the Sandbox?

By Jen Smith: Every adventure in my life usually comes with a new set of people I’m expected to interact with in a healthy considerate way. Much easier said than done for this self-centered alcoholic. When I’m in charge and everyone is doing exactly what I think they should be doing everything is peachy keen but unfortunately I only rarely enjoy glimpses of such nirvana. Usually what reality dishes out is situations in which I’m not in...

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