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Holiday Blues and Addiction

We all know that the holidays can be a time of ups and downs emotionally. We can feel loneliness,excitement, anxiety, happiness, sadness and joy—all one right after the other! It can be like an emotional roller coaster ride! The worst part is the these “holiday blues” can make us more vulnerable to drug and alcohol […]

By |December 4th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Holiday Blues and Addiction

Drunk on Halloween–the Mask

Holidays can be a big trigger for us addicts. One we don’t often think about is Halloween. It’s a holiday we learned to love early on as kids. We could put on a mask and be anything–a princess, a ninja, a villain or superhero, a monster. Even as adults we still love the idea of […]

By |October 29th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Drunk on Halloween–the Mask

Let’s Talk Recovery Utah–Podcast!

Check out the latest episode from our podcast:  Let’s Talk Recovery Utah.
How to Help an Addicted Loved One AND Take Care of Your Own Healing
Christine openly shares what it’s like to be married to an addict; how to STOP enabling; setting and enforcing boundaries; making the addict responsible for their own recovery; looking to your […]

By |October 24th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Let’s Talk Recovery Utah–Podcast!

What others think ≠ Your Worth!

One of the major contributors to addiction is the fact that we often base our sense of self-worth and peace of mind on what others think of us and how they interact with us—their facial expressions, body language, attitude and words. This is especially true with those we care about most, like a spouse, parent, […]

By |October 3rd, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on What others think ≠ Your Worth!

The 12 Steps—Super Effective Addiction Recovery!

From time to time, I notice various treatment programs and therapists criticizing the 12 Steps as “ineffective” or “outdated.” When I dig deeper I typically find one or more of the following to be true—

1.  The 12-Step critic is trying to market, sell or promote some kind of alternative treatment philosophy to gain exposure, notoriety […]

By |September 18th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on The 12 Steps—Super Effective Addiction Recovery!

Take the Alcoholism Test to Rate Your Drinking

If you drink, where would you rate yourself on the drinking scale? Occasional drinker; social events only; just on the weekends; I can hold my liquor; I get drunk but it’s no big deal . . .

From a purely factual reality standpoint, many drinkers underestimate or understate their drinking level. This becomes even more prevalent […]

By |August 27th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Take the Alcoholism Test to Rate Your Drinking

Are You Co-Dependent on an Addict?

From personal experience I can tell you that co-dependency is a very normal and natural reaction when a loved one has an addiction that they won’t address or face. Addicts we care about know how to push all of our co-dependency buttons.

At first we might buy in to all of their rationalizations, justifications and outright […]

By |August 21st, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Are You Co-Dependent on an Addict?

The Summer Party is Almost Over! Time to Get Sober?

Although it’s hard to believe, summer 2018 is closing fast! And if you or someone you love has a drinking or drug problem, then it’s likely been a summer of “party on dude!” and worry about the consequences later. Well, “later” is here—it’s called “the end of summer.” So what now? Do you get serious […]

By |August 16th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on The Summer Party is Almost Over! Time to Get Sober?

Willpower ≠ Recovery!

Here at Action Recovery Group, a LOT of people come into our drug and alcohol rehab program because they have tried a thousand times to overcome drug or alcohol addiction on their own and they just keep failing! It is very typical for struggling addicts to use one primary strategy in their attempt to break […]

By |July 16th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Willpower ≠ Recovery!

Action Free Family Education & Support Group

Alcohol and drug addiction happens to the best of families. The more a family can learn about alcohol and drug addiction, the more they can help their struggling loved one, as well as themselves.

Every Monday night, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, one of Action’s professional team presents vital education and support to parents, spouses and […]

By |June 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Action Free Family Education & Support Group