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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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How to Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help

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How would you help someone who doesn’t want your help and doesn’t even help himself? 

It’s an impossible scenario right?

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Bouncing Back in Life After A Relapse

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For some who have undergone rehabilitation and found it difficult to kick the habit for good for some reason, the possibility of relapse becomes real. And if you have indeed relapsed, you may be in a rut or questioning what to do next. Instead of giving up on recovery and your sober lifestyle, you should take this moment to reflect on the cause of your relapse and how you can avoid it in the future.

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So Your Teen Won’t Stop Abusing Drugs?

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There are several myths and misconceptions that teens have about alcohol and drug use, which resulted in them having willfully tried and even chosen the path or abuse and addiction.

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Loving Him Into Rehab

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Do you love him so much that you are willing to get him into rehab?

When you have a partner, spouse, family member or friend who is suffering from substance dependence or addiction, we often find ourselves wanting to keep them from harm and protect them even from themselves. We try to keep them clean and healthy, buy them medicine when they get sick, cover up their unpaid bills, support them when they lose their jobs, and help them if they get into any legal trouble.

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Happy Hallowclean: Did You Have a Sober Halloween?

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Halloween season is one of those occasions when many people take off their inhibitions in exchange for masks and costumes. Halloween parties are filled not only with candies but also, for grownups, booze. And often, some end up taking more than alcohol.

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Sober Halloween Challenge from Pinterest

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Addiction is a Rollercoaster: The Jellinek Curve

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Having a full understanding of how addiction progresses can open the door to insights on how to ultimately break the cycle.

The recovery and rehabilitation community has long been on the search to understand the dynamics and root cause of substance abuse. Throughout the decades, one of the most widely known theories to explain substance abuse and how it progresses is represented in a visual arc known as the Jellinek Curve.

Infographic courtesy of www.watershed.com.
Infographic courtesy of http://www.watershed.com.

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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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