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When the World’s Anxiety Triggers Your Own
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on October 17, 2013

When the World’s Anxiety Triggers Your Own You don’t need too many speed bumps in life to put your coping skills into overdrive. There’s tension and uncertainty from the recent government shutdown. It affected a lot of people directly, in lost wages, lost aid, missed opportunities and that great unknown dread about where we go…

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Nicotine Addiction Linked to Pregnancy—Your Mom’s Pregnancy
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on October 10, 2013

Nicotine Addiction Linked to Pregnancy—Your Mom’s Pregnancy For every time you think addiction isn’t complicated, read a story like this. Researchers have linked nicotine addiction in women to their prenatal exposure to stress hormones when their mothers were pregnant. The researchers used information from a study of women’s pregnancy habits, the Collaborative Perinatal Project at…

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Stopping Cycles of Addiction and Violence
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on October 2, 2013

Stopping Cycles of Addiction and Violence October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and one factor that really needs awareness is how much alcohol and drugs are involved in domestic violence. The numbers are overwhelming. They come down to this: If you are dealing with substance abuse, either yourself or for a loved one, there’s a…

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Changing Colors and Avoiding Relapse
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on September 26, 2013

Changing Colors and Avoiding Relapse The changing seasons and sweep of the calendar may not seem like a big part of your life, but they can be some of the most dangerous times in recovery. You definitely notice the shorter days and less light of waning summer and autumn’s arrival. The sun is not as…

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Treating Pain or Enabling Addiction?
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on September 19, 2013

Treating Pain or Enabling Addiction? Painkiller use has skyrocketed in the past decade, but has it made a difference in pain? According to a new study, the number of office visits for pain hasn’t changed.  The government is trying to address the problem with new labeling rules. Can these changes make a difference for people…

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Taking Action and Making Change
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on September 12, 2013

Taking Action and Making Change The moment you realized your life was unmanageable was the day you knew you needed to make a change. You might have been afraid of this decision, but going to alcohol and drug rehab is the best way you can turn your life around. But things won’t change just by…

5 Ways to Establish Healthy Boundaries in Recovery
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on September 5, 2013

5 Ways to Establish Healthy Boundaries in Recovery When your loved one was actively drinking and using drugs, you felt helpless. You might have been stuck between doing what is right or doing what he or she wanted and that created stress. In the end, it feels like you were walked all over by your…

Dorm Room Pharmacy
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on August 30, 2013

Dorm Room Pharmacy College is a time for learning and self-discovery. It’s the first time you are on your own. For many, this is a time to have fun and make memories to last a lifetime. Making bad decisions and mistakes is just part of the learning experience. The misuse of “study drugs,” prescription drugs…

Deadly Happy Pill Epidemic in Women
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on August 22, 2013

Deadly Happy Pill Epidemic in Women When you think of health risks for women in the United States, the first thing that comes to mind may be cancer. You may not think of prescription drug addiction and overdose, but maybe you should. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more women died…

Breaking Bad: A Glimpse into the World of Crystal Meth
By Stepping Stone Center for Recovery on August 15, 2013

Breaking Bad: A Glimpse into the World of Crystal Meth AMC’s “Breaking Bad” has taken the nation by storm. The show has offers a glimpse into the dark and gritty world of crystal meth. Creator Vince Gilligan created a story and characters that are complex and frightening and crystal meth is at the center of…