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Recovery During the Holidays

The holidays can be a difficult time for those in recovery. We may be around others who are celebrating with drinks or drugs. We may be alone and wishing we weren't. We may have family stresses. Whatever the case,  you do not have to drink or use. Please utilize the resources available to you. Call your sponsor. Have a sober celebration with others in recovery. There are AA and NA clubs with activities on Christmas and New Years. Consider doing something for someone less fortunate or reaching out to someone you haven't spoken with for awhile. Maybe try going to church.You will get through it, and you can get through it sober!

Nicotine Withdrawal Affects the Brain’s Cognitive System

Summary: Penn State researchers report nicotine withdrawal may blunt working memory and cognitive processing.
Most attempts to stop smoking are unsuccessful in the long term, even with smoking cessation methods such as nicotine replacement therapy. Penn State researchers are looking at how reward processing and working memory may determine why smokers choose to smoke again after trying to quit.
According Charles Geier, associate professor of human development and family studies and the Dr. Francis Keesler Graham Early Career Professor in Developmental Neuroscience, reward processes and working memory jointly contribute to value-based decision-making.

With Teen Mental Health Deteriorating Over Five Years, There’s a Likely Culprit

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.
In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more troubling, the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent.
In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background – more privileged and less privileged, across all races and ethnicities and in every region of the country.

Keep Your Eye On Recovery

Feeling so sick today. I would still have to agree a taper is better than cold turkey. When you remember your addiction choose not to remember how good it felt being high but how horrible it felt when you had to come down. Don't ever forget this pain and don't ever choose to be a slave to it. Choose to be the way God made you. Embrace yourself. Keep your eyes on the prize.

Device Which Blocks Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Approved by FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an electrical nerve stimulator designed to reduce the symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal. The NSS-2 Bridge medical device was developed by Indiana medical technology manufacturer Innovative Health Solutions, and was approved through the regulators de novo premarket review pathway.
The device is designed to be placed on the skin behind a patient’s ear where it emits electric signals designed to stimulate nerves in the skull. These stimulations could help lessen the physical withdrawal symptoms patients experience when they cease to use opioids.

Surrendering to God

We are told to surrender our drinking and drug problems to our higher power, yet that is exactly what we don't want to do. We've been brought up believing that we  alone are responsible for our selves. We think we are suppose to fight, control; make things happen. It puts an enormous stress on us, but it seems stressful to surrender too. To just let go can make us feel helpless, and like we're not doing enough. But if you've banged your head up against a wall long enough, maybe it's time to try a different tactic. By surrendering and being still, you may just feel God's love pouring into you and your life. You might just find yourself healing.

Our Relationship with a Higher Power

"Ongoing recovery is dependent on our relationship with a loving God who cares for us and will do for us what we find impossible to do for ourselves."
Basic Text, p. 99
Working the Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous gives us a fresh start in life and some guidance for living in the world. But the steps are more than a fresh start. When we do our best to work the steps, we develop a relationship with our personal Higher Power.
In the Third Step, we decide to allow a loving God to influence our lives.

Sanskrit Proverb

Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence, 
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power--

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.

Inspiration

If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer.
If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.

Perspective

I may have some bad days, but that's ok. I used to have bad years.