Reflections on a Year in The Last House

Reflections on a Year in The Last House Dan B. When I first arrived at The Last House on December 9, 2016, I had no expectation of staying even a month, let alone the full year. It seemed such a daunting task: long-term recovery in a structured sober living. These were phrases to which I […]

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Quinn DeLoreto – A Grateful Survivor

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– Quinn DeLoreto 1/12/16 I am nowhere near the broken man I use to be. When I look in the mirror, I see a future, I see dreams and aspirations, I see somebody I like. No longer am I haunted by the torments of my addiction, or the pain of not knowing who I truly […]

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Treating Addiction with DBT

Treating Addiction with DBT

Treating Addiction with DBT DBT is a form of therapy that helps individuals struggling with addiction and substance abuse develop skills that help them recover and move forward. Short for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT is a modality used to treat various mental illnesses and disorders. This form of therapy has been particularly useful when treating addiction […]

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The Addicted Brain

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The Addicted Brain The brain of someone addicted to drugs and alcohol differs from someone who is not. We know that those who struggle or struggled with addiction are different physiologically than those who can control their substance use. But what are those differences and what do they look like in the brain? There is a […]

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Get Well Jobs in Recovery

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What are Get Well Jobs in Addiction Recovery? Individuals in addiction recovery are usually advised to acquire get well jobs once they are ready to get back into the job force and society. But what does a wellness job even mean and what is the difference between a job and a wellness job?   Individuals […]

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Strange Addictions

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Strange addictions are more common than you think. When people think of addiction, they usually imagine drugs, alcohol, gambling, food, or even sex. However, addictions can occur to the most unexpected things like the ingestion of nail polish or air freshener. People can become addicted to behaviors or people or even objects. Addiction to these […]

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Spontaneity In Sobriety

Spontaneity In Sobriety

The Fun And Adventure Of Spontaneity In Sobriety   To be spontaneous or not to be spontaneous? That is often a perplexing question for men in the early stages of sobriety because spontaneity can be a bit of an enigma. On the one hand, we are learning how to have fun again, fun which doesn’t […]

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Substance Abuse During Divorce

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Substance Abuse during Divorce   Substance abuse during divorce is unfortunately a common and unhealthy way of coping with the devastation and stress that divorce can cause. Often times, substance abuse or addiction will push marriages to end. Some substance abuse and addiction is triggered just by the divorce alone.   Divorce is identified as […]

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Volunteer Working During Addiction Recovery

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Volunteer Work During Addiction Recovery Helping and serving others through volunteer work is often times some of the most humbling and rewarding experiences in addiction recovery, let alone in life. History shows that serving and caring for others is not only essential to living a fulfilled life but also what makes us human. Some of […]

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What is Smoked Out of a Glass Pipe?

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What is Smoked Out of a Glass Pipe?   People have been smoking out of pipes for many years, however, throughout the years pipes have changed into other materials like glass. Furthermore, what is being smoked in pipes has also evolved.   Pipe smoking goes back to at least the 16th century and was used […]

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Spirituality in Addiction and Substance Abuse Recovery

Spirituality in Addiction and Substance Abuse Recovery   We often hear that connecting to some form of spirituality is imperative in addiction and substance abuse recovery. But what does that even mean and why is it so important?   People often mix up spirituality and religion, however, both of these terms differ in meaning. Spirituality […]

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Self Harm and Addiction

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Self Harm and Addiction   Self harm and addiction have a cyclical relationship. Often times those who struggle with self harm can become solely addicted to the release that hurting oneself provides. Other times those struggling with self harm can also become addicted to drugs and alcohol. A study discovered that close to 10% of […]

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