For decades, psychologists have viewed the neurotransmitter dopamine as a double-edged sword: released in the brain as a reward to train us to seek out pleasurable experiences, but also a "drug" the constant pursuit of which leads to addiction.
According to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, that's only one face of
Alone no more.
"We gradually and carefully pull ourselves out of the isolation and loneliness of addiction and into the mainstream of life."
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Many of us spent much of our using time alone, avoiding other people-especially people who were not using-at all costs. After years of isolation, trying to find a place for ourselves in a bustling, sometimes boisterous fellowship is not always easy. We may still feel isolated, focusing on our differences rather than our similarities.
It is sad to see so many young people passing away due to the opioid crisis. It shows how hard it is to give opioids up for good. Many addicts are clean for awhile, then go back out. Please, if you have relapsed, don't be ashamed. Get help! Go to 12 step meetings, go to detox, reconnect with those who helped you get sober to begin with. Your families and friends need you. You need to be around to help others. Don't give up and give in. You can do it!
"The steps offer a big change from a life dominated by guilt and
remorse. Our futures are changed because we don't have to avoid those
who we have harmed. As a result... we receive a new freedom that can end
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Many of us come to Narcotics Anonymous full of regrets about our past.
Our steps help us begin to resolve those regrets. We examine our lives,
admit our wrongs, make amends for them, and sincerely try to change our
behavior. In doing so, we find a joyous sense of freedom.
We all have tragedies, pain, and suffering in our lives. We can use these as an excuse to use alcohol or drugs. Eventually this can lead to more tragedies, pain and suffering. There are millions of reasons to use. But using drugs and alcohol compromises who you are and who you can be. If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.
"Often we have to face some type of crisis during our recovery, such as the death of a loved one..."
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Every life has a beginning and an end. However, when someone we love a
great deal reaches the end of their life, we may have a very hard time
accepting their sudden, final absence. Our grief may be so powerful that
we fear it will completely overwhelm us - but it will not. Our sorrow
may hurt more than anything we can remember, but it will pass.
We need not run from the emotions that may arise from the death of a
"We begin to see that God's love has been present all the time, just waiting for us to accept it."
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God's love is the transforming power that drives our recovery. With
that love, we find freedom from the hopeless, desperate cycle of using,
self-hatred, and more using. With that love, we gain a sense of reason
and purpose in our once purposeless lives. With that love, we are given
the inner direction and strength we need to begin a new way of life: the
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Another day, another overdose. It’s a troubling
trend that’s taking over downtown Bloomington. In just the past week,
first responders have been called out to more than two dozen drug
“It’s supposed to be a fun, quirky town, but then when you have
people that you’re scared to be around, it kind of makes you
uncomfortable,” said Codi Hurd, a freshman at IU.
Bloomington police records show 23 of the week’s overdoses were from Spice, another four were from heroin.
The former cheerleader loved her daughter, her family and her friends, but 'the addiction was greater.'
Jordan died a week after she was found lying unconscious in a pool of
blood on an Indianapolis street on a cold January night. Marks left
along gravel and salt indicate the 25-year-old woman had been dragged
from a car for 75 feet.
The fall couldn't have been farther for Jordan.
An Ohio police officer was "still miserable" but recovering Monday
after he accidentally overdosed on a dangerous drug that has cut a
deadly swath through his state — fentanyl.
Patrolman Chris Green of the East Liverpool Police Department had
just finished searching the car of two suspected drug dealers and was
back at the police station when another officer spotted some white
powder on his shirt.
Without thinking, he brushed it off with his bare hand — and passed
out about an hour later, Chief John Lane said.