Welcome to Recovery

You can recover from addiction. This is a public service website meant to help you or a loved one overcome addiction. It is based on independent and verified medical research.

You can use this site in a few ways.

  • Decide if you have an addiction.
  • Learn about the genetics of addiction.
  • Read about alcohol, tranquilizers, marijuana, cocaine, and opiates.
  • Learn relapse prevention skills that will improve your chances of success.
  • Learn how to help a family member who has an addiction.

You are not alone. Many people have overcome addiction and are now enjoying a better life. It can be done. You too can do it.

What is Addiction?

A substance addiction meets two criteria:

  1. You have difficulty controlling how much you use or how long you use. For example, one drink leads to more drinks, or one line of cocaine leads to more.
  2. You continue to use even though it has negative consequences to your life. For example, you continue to drink even though it has hurt your relationships.

Those two criteria define all addictions. They are true for alcohol and drug addiction, but they're also true for gambling addiction, eating disorders, and sexual addiction.

There are different stages of addictions. The late stage is the non-functioning addict. They've lost their job and have to use every day. It's what people think addiction is like, but that stereotype is rare.

The early stage is the functioning addict. They still have a job and their relationships are intact, but their life is suffering because of their addiction. That is the most common scenario. You don't have to suffer major losses to have an addiction.

The consequences of addiction get worse over time. Addiction is a progressive disease. It's never easy to quit. But if you've already suffered negative consequences and don't want them to get worse, there's never a better time to quit than now.

A Site Summary

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Last Modified: October 13, 2017

Information included: What is addiction first of all? Understand the Definition of addiction, the definition of drug abuse, addiction and dependence including the DSM criteria and ICD criteria. Relapse prevention skills, tools of recovery and relapse prevention strategies and techniques are discussed. How do you overcome addiction?
Empower with Cocaine anonymous CA and narcotics anonymous NA. What are Cocaine withdrawal symptoms? What is Opioid withdrawal and opiate withdrawal. Grasp the Disease model of addiction, family history of addiction, children of alcoholics, and twin studies of addicts. What are Post-acute withdrawal symptoms or syndrome, and PAWS?
Learn about Alcoholism, alcohol addiction and alcohol dependence facts. Benzodiazepine, tranquilizer, benzos, sleeping pill facts and information are gathered. Gather facts on Marijuana, cannabis, THC, pot, and weed facts and information. Also discussed are Pain control by marijuana use and pain management.
Incorporate Addiction recovery coping skills, and addiction recovery techniques and strategies. Begin to grasp Stages of relapse: emotional, mental, and behavioral are included along with relapse prevention strategies. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are important. Understand Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms and Ashton manual. Understand Marijuana withdrawal symptoms and how to overcome them.
See how Cocaine, coke, crack and cocaine addiction facts and information help. Grasp the basics about Opiates, Opioids, also narcotics, oxycodone, and fentanyl. Start with the Genetics of addiction and genetics of alcoholism.
Understanding Physical withdrawal symptoms, emotional withdrawal, and psychological withdrawal symptoms helps. Get the most out of 12 step groups (AA, NA, CA) benefits and how they work. Integrate Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous into recovery. For more information, refer to the book “I Want to Change My Life” by Dr. Steven M Melemis .