The Insanity of a Family Disease

During my twenty-five year career in substance abuse treatment, I’ve frequently heard family members (and clients) insist that "Alcohol isn't his/her/my problem - drugs are!" and "Alcoholism isn't his/her/my problem - addiction is!" as if the same principles of recovery from chemical dependency don't apply to any dysfunctional situation where alcohol either isn't present or isn't present enough to be identified as the primary drug-of-choice.

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I Will Persevere

Moving here to South Florida in 1994, my plan was to go where I knew no one, and no one knew me, in hope this would help me stop using. Did this work? Yes for about four months. But being the addict that I’m, I know where to find what I’m really look

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I Was Not a Human Being

I think the title of this sums up my active addiction pretty well, so I’m going to fast forward right into my treatment experiences. Plus, if you’ve ever seen an episode of Cops, you pretty much know how that whole forward goes anyway.

I was s

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Addiction Treatment Should be Collaborative, not Competitive

By Andrew Woolwine, M.S., Client Services Representative at Transformations

Helplessness. 

Working as a treatment provider and professional in the addiction and mental health field, many of our clients who admit into treatment feel just that

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Growing Up in an Alcoholic Home

One of the most significant misconceptions alcoholics/ drug addicts seem to have is that their substance use doesn’t affect anyone around them.  Growing up in an alcoholic home has influenced me in more ways than I’d care to admit. If you were

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Why do I have Insomnia?

Insomnia is a persistent disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or both, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep. With insomnia, you usually awaken feeling unrefreshed, which takes a toll on your ability to function dur

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Just One More

My name is Troy and I am an alcoholic. On May 5th, 2018 I celebrated 3 years of sobriety and, for me, this was no easy task. I had never been able to put together any significant time without those demons calling me back into the bottle. It is a time

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Addiction Isn’t a Choice, but You Can Choose to Help

I’m what some people would call a “normie.” I learned this term while working in the field of substance abuse. Basically, a normie is someone who is able to have one drink and then stop, or take pain pills as prescribed and then stop when the p

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The Light of the Dark

By: Bill C., Transformations alumnus

 

Can you see in the dark?

Tell me, what do you see?

Can you see yourself?

Because I can’t see me

 

Scratching, fighting, clawing

Begging for God to show me a sign

Because

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Addiction Recovery: Changing Your Past

You can’t change your past, you just have to learn to live with it. Yeah that sucks, and to be honest, it was overwhelming in early sobriety.  When I look back on my past it is often referred to as a “tornado of terror” by those who love me. I

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