ADDICTION

Drew Jambon in Addiction
November 7, 2019

The Concept of Hitting “Rock Bottom”

Through all my years as an addict, I’ve heard more terminologies and catchphrases associated with addiction and what’s needed for an addict to get clean than I care to count. Perhaps there is no theory or phrase more prevalent than the idea an addict must hit rock bottom to have the willingness necessary to get clean.

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Drew Jambon in Addiction
November 6, 2019

Warning Signs Addiction Is Taking Hold

Confronting a person when suspicion of drug or alcohol abuse arises is usually a pretty daunting task. How does a person know for sure if their loved one has a problem with addiction?

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Drew Jambon in Addiction
October 29, 2019

How Does an Addict Make the Correct Changes to Stay Clean?

I heard the same phrase for years when I was in and out of treatment facilities hoping to turn my life around and get clean: ‘The only thing you have to change is everything’. I’ll be honest, that sounds great on paper and all, but that never seemed like a realistic approach to getting clean for me.

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Drew Jambon in Addiction
October 29, 2019

Repairing Relationships Damaged by Addiction

The people we love and care about, the connections we have and the bonds that are formed with those relationships, are the foundation that drives us as human beings.

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Drew Jambon in Addiction
October 21, 2019

Is a Job a Valid Reason to Put Off Treatment?

For an addict, there are seemingly countless reasons for putting off treatment. Some of them are mere excuses a person uses to protect their addiction, and others hold more validity.

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Drew Jambon in Addiction
October 20, 2019

Addict for Life?

This is a topic that has been on my mind lately. As a former addict who spent years in and out of treatment facilities, the notion that I would be an addict for life was so ingrained in my mind that it stopped being something I questioned or debated.

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Drew Jambon in Addiction
October 20, 2019

Long-term Treatment vs Traditional 28-Day Program

For an addict, the prospect of leaving for treatment for an extended amount of time comes with its own fears. For the addict with a family who depends on them, that prospect can feel overwhelming.

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Drew Jambon in Addiction
October 19, 2019

The Power of Not Giving Up

Losing hope. Giving up. These are all common themes an addict deals with while going through the pitfalls created by addiction. Unfortunately for the loved ones of the addict, these elements associated with addiction aren’t exclusive to the person using drugs.

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Drew Jambon in Addiction
October 14, 2019

What Is a Successful Recovery?

I hear this a lot when talking with addicts or their loved ones who are searching for the best place to find help: “How do I know this will work? How do I know they won’t relapse as soon as they walk out of the door?”

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Drew Jambon in Addiction
October 10, 2019

Trick or Treatment—Home for the Holidays or Getting Help

It’s that time of year again. As October approaches the first wave of the holiday decorations are appearing in the form of pumpkins, witches and cobwebs. Next, we’ll have Thanksgiving in November, Christmas in December, then ring in the new year in January. The next four months each bring their holiday occasion celebrated by costumes, feasts, fancy decorations, and lots of parties.

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