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We’ve Moved to Another Site

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The Bridges of Hope Bridging Hope for Recovery blog has moved to the official Bridges of Hope website. This move is to streamline our information and resources for all seeking help for addiction and recovery.

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Addiction and HIV: A Dangerous Tandem

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We’re now putting the spotlight on HIV and how it is linked to substance addiction.

Attention on HIV (or Human Immunodeficiency  Virus) has been revived anew since the recent revelation of controversial actor Charlie Sheen about him being HIV-positive. Many of his friends have urged him to come out amid rumors and in order to somehow erase the stigma surrounding this disease.

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Dangers of Inhalant Drugs

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“Nagrugby ka ‘no?!” This is often a joke we tell our friends when they say or do something ridiculous. This is because we associate Rugby, a brand of contact cement, to those we see addictively sniffing it in our streets.

We call these “Rugby Boys” because those who sniff Rugby are usually street children. While joking about sniffing rugby is part of Filipino culture, inhalant or rugby sniffing by our youth is no joke.

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12 Spiritual Principles To Live By in Your Recovery

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Many people who enter the doors of rehabilitation often find themselves also struggling with their spirituality. Many struggle with the idea of spirituality or the belief in a higher power because they may not identify themselves as religious, or have now rejected religion.

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Too Long and Too Late: Why Rock Bottom is a Death Sentence

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Many people use the term “rock bottom” when referring to drug and alcohol addiction. People who have substance addiction will not admit their problem or even try to seek treatment until they have reached the worst and lowest point in their life, such as a terminal illness, imprisonment,accident, lawsuit, divorce, or even death of a loved one.

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What Drives Addiction?

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Why do people become so addicted? Don’t they have some self-control?

For people who have no addiction, or are not living with anyone who is struggling with addiction, it is different to understand what drives people from using to becoming seemingly irreversibly addicted to substances or behaviors.

Meet John. He listens to the dial tone for a while after his boss hung up the phone on the other line. His boss just told him he cannot have the raise he was expecting because the company just suffered a huge loss. As John put down his phone and then drives off the parking lot to go home, he felt the familiar, almost overwhelming urge to go and smoke some meth.

Why is this?

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The Struggle is Real, But You Are Not Alone

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Addiction can be a very difficult situation to deal with. A family member or loved one struggling with chemical dependency and addiction should realize that the struggle is real–but they are not alone.¬†

Below are stories of people who understand and have dealt with firsthand the struggle of addiction. They also shed light to the idea that there is still hope for recover.

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Winning Back Your Spouse After Rehab

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Addiction can come between couples and break them apart–often in irreparable ways. Addiction can push very far apart people who once loved each other so deeply, to the point that they do not recognize each other anymore: one only sees the drug, while the other only sees the addiction.

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People Pleasing and Sobriety? Not a Good Mix

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Everyone likes a nice person. However, if you’re too focused on pleasing other people, then it can be a problem.

People pleasing can be a liability especially if you are in recovery. This attitude can hold you back from ever being sober and progressing in recovery, and you may less likely find the happiness that you deserve. So if you want to stay and progress in the road to recovery, you should concentrate on your priorities, instead of focusing on getting other people’s approval.

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Addiction vs Conscience: Why You Should Pay Attention to that Inner Voice

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Over the course of our daily life, we are faced with many decisions where our feelings or impulses are in conflict with our conscience. Often, we struggle between what is right and what we want to do.

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