Albert Fontenot

 Staying Sober During the Holidays
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“I don’t know if there’ll be snow, but have a cup of cheer.” ~Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Recovery is very different during the holiday season. Sobriety already takes constant vigilance.  But during the holidays, successful recovery means how you’re...
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narcissism and addiction
Narcissism and Substance Abuse
“Narcissists maintain the grandiose view that they are in control of the addiction and can quit and they want to. They feel they are exempt from conventional laws regarding the use of illicit substances, as well as immune to the...
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Keeping Your Job While in Alcohol or Drug Rehab
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 75% of people with a Substances Use Disorder have a job. However, over 90% of workers with a SUD aren’t getting the specialized care they need. One of the most-voiced...
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Substance Abuse Skyrocketing among Older Americans
The latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health reveals that Americans who are past the age of 60 may be at increased risk of problematic substance use. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration conducts the NSDUH, which...
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How to Keep Your Job While You Go to Rehab
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Per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 3 out of 4 substance abusers have a job, but only about 1 in 10 are in treatment. “I’m Afraid of Losing My Job” One of the major obstacles for many...
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New Year Resolutions
Resolutions for Recovery, Part 1
“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your...
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new year resolutions
Dry January in Orange County
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“Dry January should be seen as the impetus to change people’s relationship with alcohol forever.” ~ Judi Ryh, Executive with the British Liver Trust "Dry January" deserves a place among your New Year’s resolutions. Voluntarily giving up drinking for a...
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Happy
The Top Six Benefits of Sobriety in 2019
“I wouldn’t have been able to have access to myself or other people, or even been able to take in other people, if I hadn’t changed my life.” ~ Bradley Cooper, actor The New Year brings a hopeful outlook. No...
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What Are the Criteria for a Medical Diagnosis of Addiction?
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Many struggling substance abusers deny their problem—and delay getting help—because of the stigma attached to addiction. Unfortunately, the perception that addiction is due to selfishness or weakness still exists, even though medical and addiction recovery professionals recognize substance abuse disorder...
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Christmas in Recovery: The 12 Gifts of Sobriety
Real recovery is the best Christmas gift you can give yourself and your family. While active addiction is all about loss – sobriety, stability, self-respect, and sanity—recovery promises wonderful gifts. If we are willing to work at our recovery, we...
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