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I can change my life. No one can do it for me. - Carol Burnett
I can change my life. No one can do it for me. - Carol Burnett

Alcohol Detox Infographic: Symptoms and Side Effects

Alcohol Detox Infographic Shows Symptoms and Side Effects: Are You Really Going to Die If You Detox Alone? Chronic alcoholism is serious business and can actually kill a person who attempts to quit cold turkey. The severity of ones alcoholism will be the ultimate factor and...

Stay Motivated For Inpatient Drug Rehab

One of the toughest parts of inpatient drug rehab besides battling the addiction is finding and keeping the motivation to keep pushing forward. Recovery can be exhausting on the individual in treatment. Like many things in life, it can be tough to find motivation. Once you find the drive, the tough task at hand can become more realistic. Everyone is different in regards to what motivates them. Take a look at these tips to see if you can find some motivation.

No other road, no other way, no day but today

No other road, no other way, no day but today

You Only Grow If You’re Willing…

You only grow if you're willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.

How To Prepare For Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab

You decided to check into an addiction treatment center to become sober and healthy. Great News! Setting a date for admission to a rehab center is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Now that you’ve made the first step, now what?

The Importance of Finding Yourself in Recovery

Finding Yourself in Recovery
When most people hear the word sobriety, they think of someone who abstains from alcohol and drugs. However, being sober also means that they are living in recovery from substances.

The First Step Towards Addiction Recovery

First Step Towards Addiction Recovery
"We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholic." In the book Alcoholics Anonymous, it states that this is the first step in our recovery. How I learned to concede was a long and tedious process of repeated attempts to regain some form of control and direction in my daily life, while enduring continued failures, and repeated disappointments to myself and those around me.

The Fentanyl Factor in the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid addiction crisis gripping the nation has been bad enough but now drug officials and first responders increasingly see cases of heroin mixed with the powerful analgesic fentanyl.

6 Things To Do If Your Loved One Is Struggling With Addiction

Struggling With Addiction
No one imagines having to deal with a loved one who is struggling with addiction. But the reality is that millions of people suffer from the disease, and it can happen to anyone. Many of today’s drug addictions start at the home medicine cabinet, not on the streets. We are now seeing hardcore substances like heroin pop up in affluent suburbs and impacting families that would seem most out of reach from addiction.

The Pros and Cons to Staying Local or Going Abroad for a Sober Living Home

Sober Living Home
If you’re ready to enter a sober living home, perhaps you’re wondering whether to stay in your local area or whether to go out of state or even abroad. Of course, there are many types of sober living homes to choose from, depending upon your needs and financial condition. You can go to a facility that provides the bare minimum, making cost of treatment less expensive. Or you might want the luxuries of participating in a more expensive sober living home.

Is Drug Addiction a Disease? Find Out What the US Surgeon General Thinks…

Drug Addiction a Disease
We know "The War on Drugs" isn't working and we need a new approach. A new report from the US Surgeon General’s office urging the government and health bodies to recognize substance abuse as a mental health issue, not a criminal one, might just be the answer.

4 Tips for Dealing with Your Partner’s Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder
We are all complicated individuals. Our psychological makeup varies substantially and significantly impacts every aspect of our lives. Thankfully today emotional difficulties are more widely shared, making it at least slightly easier to navigate the troubled waters of dealing with an emotional disturbance with someone you love.

No individual raindrop considers itself…

No individual raindrop considers itself responsible for the flood.

Your altitude is determined by your attitude.

Your altitude is determined by your attitude.
Your altitude is determined by your attitude.

Do not wait for your ship to come in…

Do not wait for your ship to come in – swim out to it.

Champions in any field have made a habit of…

Champions in any field have made a habit of doing what others find boring or uncomfortable.

Believe more deeply

Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.

Alcohol ruined me financially and morally…

Alcohol ruined me financially and morally, broke my heart and the hearts of too many others. Even though it did this to me and it almost killed me and I haven’t touched a drop of it in seventeen years, sometimes I wonder if I...

Drink does not drown care…

Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster.

When everything seems like an uphill struggle…

When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top

It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions…

It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy.

The secret affinity between gambling and the desert…

The secret affinity between gambling and the desert: the intensity of gambling reinforced by the presence of the desert all around the town. The air-conditioned freshness of the gaming rooms, as against the radiant heat outside. The challenge of all the artificial lights to...

If you have made mistakes…

If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

No man or woman is uniformly successful…

No man or woman is uniformly successful… we must all expect a rather high percentage of failure in the things we attempt.

Don’t spend your precious time…

Don’t spend your precious time asking ‘Why isn’t the world a better place?’ It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is ‘How can I make it better?’ To that there is an answer.

Never frown because you never know…

Never frown because you never know who might be falling in love with your smile.

If a man does his best, what else is there?

If a man does his best, what else is there?

Ideals are like stars…

Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.

There’s only us, there’s only this…

There’s only us, there’s only this, forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today.

For all sad words of tongue and pen…

For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been’.

Experience shows that success is due less to…

Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul.

Ability is what you’re capable of doing…

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

There are two things to aim at in life

There are two things to aim at in life: first to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

Every day, in every way…

Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.

Each of us is great insofar as…

Each of us is great insofar as we perceive and act on the infinite possibilities which lie undiscovered and unrecognized about us.

Drugs are merely the most obvious form…

Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society. Drug addiction is one of the things that undermines traditional values.

When you come to a roadblock…

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

What we see depends mainly on…

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

A hero is one who…

A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.

Have patience with all things

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.

Expect the dawn of a new beginning

Expect the dawn of a new beginning in the dark nights of life.

Don’t let life discourage you

Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara ever turned light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.

Do not think that what your thoughts…

Do not think that what your thoughts dwell on does not matter. Your thoughts are making you.

Convictions are the mainsprings of action

Convictions are the mainsprings of action, the driving powers of life. What a man lives are his convictions.

Every form of addiction is bad

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.

The greatest revolution of our generation

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

Opportunities multiply as they are seized

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

Knowledge itself is power

Knowledge itself is power.

The proof of a well-trained mind…

The proof of a well-trained mind is that it rejoices in which is good and grieves at the opposite.

Natural ability without education…

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring…

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you have was once among the things only hoped for.

We know truth…

We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart.

Bad times, hard times…

Bad times, hard times – this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon…

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.

Truth always rests with the minority…

Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion—and...

A man’s true state of power…

A man’s true state of power and riches is to be in himself.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

If at first an idea isn’t absurd…

If at first an idea isn’t absurd there is no hope for it.

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment…

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway… And you can always, always give something, even if...

Only through experience of trial and suffering

Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.

Never bend your head.

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task…

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

A man who dares to waste one hour of life…

A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.

Great works are performed, not by strength…

Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.

As a rule, men worry more about…

As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can.

Whether you think that you can…

Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.

I am not bound to win…

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.

Determine that the thing can and shall be done…

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.

Always bear in mind that…

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.

Ability has nothing to do with opportunity

Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity…

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty

The superior man is distressed by…

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

If I accept you as you are…

If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.

As human beings, our greatness lies…

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world… as in being able to remake ourselves.

We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.

We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.

The ultimate measure of a man…

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Far better it is to dare mighty things

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

No-one can make you feel inferior…

No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

I’m a great believer in luck…

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

Good people are good because…

Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know… One who doesn’t try cannot fail and become wise.

The mind is its own place…

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.

Why not go out on a limb?

Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?

Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence…

Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.

To do anything in this world worth doing…

To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger; but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.

You become what you behold

You become what you behold.

Man is what he believes

Man is what he believes.

Facing it, always facing it…

Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it.

But I will say that the drugs are much more ferocious…

But I will say that the drugs are much more ferocious then they used to be. There are people wrecking their lives with addiction, which seems much more severe.

This world is but canvas to our imaginations.

This world is but canvas to our imaginations.

I know of no more encouraging fact than…

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil…

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

You’ve recognized a fundamental feature of an addict’s life.

You’ve recognized a fundamental feature of an addict’s life. Maintaining your habit is so important you’ve no real interest in anything else.

When you can stop you don’t want to…

When you can stop you don’t want to, and when you want to stop, you can’t...

Here I am trying to live, or rather…

Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live.

Addiction begins with the hope that…

Addiction begins with the hope that something ‘out there’ can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.

Move out of your comfort zone.

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.

Meaning doesn’t lie in things. Meaning lies in us.

Meaning doesn’t lie in things. Meaning lies in us. When we attach value to things that aren’t love – the money, the car, the house, the prestige – we are loving things that can’t love us back. We are searching for meaning in the...

What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside of you.

What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside of you.

Every habit he’s ever had is still there in his body…

Every habit he’s ever had is still there in his body, lying dormant like flowers in the desert. Given the right conditions, all his old addictions would burst into full and luxuriant bloom.

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

Happiness is that state of consciousness which…

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.

No one’s happiness but my own…

No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.

Do not let your fire go out…

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never...

Your life is the fruit of your own doing.

Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Did you ever see an unhappy horse?

Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.

Take a chance! All life is a chance.

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.

The unfortunate thing about this world

The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.

Why does a man become a drug addict?

The question is frequently asked: Why does a man become a drug addict? The answer is that he usually does not intend to become an addict. You don’t wake up one morning and decide to be a drug addict. It takes at least three...

First substantial role after rehab

There was a reason my first substantial role after rehab was to play a maniac whose personal story ended badly. I knew what it was like to go those dark places. I played a guy who died as a result of his abuse.

Cocaine for me was a place to hide

Cocaine for me was a place to hide. Most people get hyper on coke. It slowed me down. Sometimes it made me paranoid and impotent, but mostly it just made me withdrawn.

Even as a junkie I stayed true

Even as a junkie I stayed true – "I shall have heroin, but I shan’t have a hamburger." What a sexy little paradox.

Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life

Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.

Amy Winehouse changed pop music forever

Amy changed pop music forever, I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she lived the blues.

I got sober

I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: ‘Wait a minute – if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities? And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk.

I have other obligations now

I have other obligations now – the show, my family, my life… though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn’t have any of those things.

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