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Your First Step was founded by a group of recovering addicts dedicated to giving others the opportunity for treatment. We connect others with the services they need to help them in their struggle against substance abuse whether that be a detox center, an inpatient or outpatient treatment program, mental health services or just an empathetic ear. As people in recovery ourselves, we have personally experienced the highs and lows of addiction and the recovery process and understand in a way that most others can’t the process of beating addiction.
Through our experiences, we’ve learned how important it is to lend a hand to others in need, even when they don’t realize that they need it. Sometimes your first step isn’t admitting that you have a problem – it’s the tentative questions or thoughts that arise about the possibility of treatment. Figuring out where to start and what your options are can be confusing. We know, because we’ve been there. That’s why we’ve created Your First Step, to provide a resource for the men and women who don’t quite know where to begin when it comes to seeking treatment for addiction.
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6 Hobbies to Help You Stay Sober

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If people recovering from substance abuse struggle to find meaning and purpose, they will also struggle to find success in recovery. Now that you’re sober, you’ll want need to fill your time with something other than drugs or alcohol. The more you can fill your life with meaning, the less likely you’ll be tempted to relapse. That’s why a new hobby can come in.

Hobbies have many benefits, and not just for people in recovery. When you take on a new hobby you’ll also find a new outlet to:

Unwind and relax
Meet other people
Discover new talents
Develop new skills
Enhance creativity
Get in better physical shape

How to Find a Hobby
Many people who first begin recovery wonder how they will fill their time. In the throes of addiction they would have had little energy to focus on anything other than drugs or alcohol.
It may have even been years since you’ve had or enjoyed any type of hobby. Here are a few methods for finding rewarding ways to spend your time:

Make a list of activities you enjoyed before falling into substance abuse. An easy way to find a hobby is to rekindle a similar interest you had before drugs and alcohol took control.
Do an internet search for hobbies and activities. Make a brainstorming list to find ones that might be fun to explore.
Experiment with hobbies by joining sober friends and family members in their favorite activities.
Think of hobbies that are both mentally and physically challenging, which would run less of a risk of becoming an
addiction substitution.

Ideas for Hobbies
There are multitudes of exciting activities you can enjoy as an alternative to using drugs or alcohol. The key to finding a hobby is to make sure it’s an activity you really enjoy. A hobby should never feel like a chore. Here are few ideas to get you started:

Exercise. Exercising is much more than going to the gym or running. Hop on a bike or a kayak, do some yoga, grab a friend for a game of tennis or golf, or pick up a solo sport like hiking or swimming. Exercising will not only occupy your time, but it will improve your well-being and release feel-good endorphins that support sobriety.
Cooking. Many people in recovery find honing their culinary skills is a great hobby. It requires attention to detail and can be a fun way to bring together new and old friends who support your sobriety. Plus, nutrition is extremely important for rebuilding a healthy body after addiction.
Photography. The world is filled with beauty, and your new hobby can be to capture that beauty on film. The best part? Many smartphones have excellent cameras so you don’t need to invest in expensive equipment.
Games. Whether you like video games or tabletop gaming, there are numerous options for people in recovery. Many cities now have board game cafes that allow you to play games by the hour and meet new people.
Volunteering. Being of service to others and helping people in need can be a hobby that really gives you meaning and purpose. You can volunteer at homeless shelters, veterans’ organizations, schools or animal shelters.
Crafting. Getting creative is a great way to stay on your path of sobriety. Painting, woodworking, painting, sculpting, knitting and scrapbooking are just a few crafts that you can explore. Don’t have any idea how to start? That’s okay! Many crafting stores have classes you can tak
e.

People will find meaning in different ways, and people in recovery know just how important meaning can be when it comes to living a fulfilling life. Some will find that sense of purpose in religion, spirituality, physical activity or being creative. Finding a hobby that really excites you is also a wonderful way to find meaning and purpose in a life post-addiction.


Adolescence is a time of great change. While some changing behaviors may be linked to natural mental or physical transitions experienced during this period, it’s imperative that parents and other adults do not dismiss these signs as only being related to puberty. Too many parents make this mistake, effectively cutting their child off from life-changing care for substance abuse.
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Signs Of Drug Abuse - Paraphernalia of Drug Use - Why And Risk Factors - Prevention and Treatment
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Enabling Addictions in Relationships - Examples & How to Find Help

15 Things You Need To Know About Loving Someone With An Addiction

Complicated Grief: Healthy Approaches for Mourning the Loss of a Beloved, But Estranged Addict

Stop Enabling Your Addicted Child

Surviving the Secret Childhood Trauma of a Parent’s Drug Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Addiction Support Groups

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Support groups for all types of addictions allow people to join together with others who share similar experiences, backgrounds, and struggles. Drug and alcohol substance abuse groups are helpful whether you are interested in a support group as a first step in your journey to recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction or if you want to participate in a group to remain sober and help newer members.

There are hundreds of support groups full of compassionate members around the United States for you to consider. People who live in rural areas or prefer to not leave home to get help from peers have the option of joining many online communities that will be happy to welcome you as a member. There are general groups for any kind of addiction, for specific substance recoveries, for people who are religious or non-religious, and more, so no matter your circumstances and background, there is a community waiting to help you live a happy, healthy, sober life.

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OVERVIEW OF VETERANS ADDICTION & ALCOHOLISM GUIDE
The United States is in the middle of a drug crisis, one of the most affected groups are our veterans. Veteran substance abuse and alcoholism rates continues to be a growing problem throughout the country. Military members from all branches are returning from deployment suffering from a variety of physical/mental health problems and disabilities due to what had happened while they were deployed. This has caused substance abuse and alcohol abuse disorder rates among veterans to become more prevalent.
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HEROIN DETOX CENTER PROCESS GUIDE
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Dating Violence - Stop Violence Against Women - 2018 Guide
t is a tragic, alarming, and utterly preventable cultural reality that women suffer increased rates of violence and harassment in practically every area of life. Antiquated gender roles, predatory societal figures, and a general lack of awareness all contribute to an ugly mosaic of mistreatment of women that has become astonishingly normalized and commonplace, even in the United States of 2018. This mistreatment permeates practically every environment, from our everyday social relationships to one of the most intimate, where women are supposed to feel the safest—their romantic relationships.
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The JourneyPure Way
After finishing a 30 or 60 day stint at a residential addiction treatment center, people sometimes report feelings of confusion, alienation, or even abandonment. This is due to their losing the sense of community and camaraderie that they experienced while on-site, undergoing emotionally draining and ultimately fulfilling individual, group, and even experiential therapies. Sometimes, these feelings of loss and alienation lead to relapse.

We here at JourneyPure Nashville believe in a more supportive way to transition people back into their daily lives. Prior to discharge, our clients are assigned a personal recovery coach.

Working with the patient, the personal recovery coach develops an individualized plan for long-term sobriety. The plan is then entered into our JourneyPure Coaching™ app so that patients have access to the recovery support they need, whenever and wherever. Knowing that ongoing recovery support is just a call or a click away can be a mighty contributor to alleviating those feelings of confusion and loneliness.
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As of July 1, 2018, approximately 2,212 U.S. college and university campuses are now entirely smoke-free, according data provided by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. A majority of these institutions (1,853 in total) are also completely tobacco free, and 1,790 of them report that they have eliminated the use of e-cigarettes, too.

This is obviously great news for those who are trying to stop this potentially deadly behavior, but why is the issue of smoking among college students so important?

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Why The Disabled Are At A Higher Risk For Substance Abuse And How To Help In Recovery

People living with a physical or intellectual disability are not immune from substance use disorders during their lifetime. It can be difficult for someone with a disability to get the help they need. The disability they have, may have an enormous effect on whether they get treatment or not. It usually comes down to a family member or a loved one that has the ability to get them into the right treatment .

When a disabled individual becomes addicted, it is important to find help geared towards the disability for success in the recovery process. Having compassion and understanding of their disability is also very important in helping them through overcoming addiction.
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Substance abuse treatment for a disabled individual must be sensitive to each person’s unique health, medical, and social needs. In order for treatment to be effective, rehabilitation programs must be accessible, compassionate, and skilled at treating both the disability and substance use disorder.

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According to a report supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, women are more likely than men to face multiple barriers to accessing substance abuse treatment and are less likely to seek treatment.
Women typically consume less alcohol, drink alcohol less frequently, and are less likely to develop alcohol-related problems than men. Similarly, women are less likely than men to use illicit drugs and to develop drug-related problems.
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Welcome to DetoxRehabs.org. We proudly offer an extensive list of detox centers, rehab programs and treatment facilities to choose from. Take the time to view the list of resources throughout the country, which is updated regularly.
Also, whether you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, or you need some other treatment options, we have rehabilitation consultants standing by to assist you. Simply fill out the contact form or call our toll-free number now to speak with a live person.
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Our world-class therapists practice over 20 different forms of therapy techniques to meet your individual needs. As a premier luxury drug rehab and alcohol treatment center, we use an approach that incorporates a comfortable, high-end, environment, so you can focus on your personal goals and therapeutic challenges in a relaxed setting. We offer a compassionate team of knowledgeable professionals who treat every client with the utmost dignity and respect. Call today and see why so many others have chosen Monarch Shores as their option for drug rehab in California.

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The number of drug rehab centers in the United States has grown to staggering numbers. Because of this, we have compiled a searchable directory of rehab centers on our website. Organized by state, this list will simplify the process of finding help.
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Substance Abuse Among Lawyers
Lawyers are among the highest paid professionals in the country, earning more than $100,000 a year on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Many people associate this occupation with a life of luxury, assuming legal professionals don’t have the struggles of the lower class, but this is not the case. In fact, there’s a darker side to this career that isn’t as widely known as the perks: substance abuse and addiction. While approximately 10 percent of the average population is addicted to a substance, the percent of those in legal professions who are addicted is higher (18 percent), according to the Oregon State Bar.
Drug and alcohol addiction are two of the most common forms of addiction among lawyers, and they often stem from various psychological factors associated with the profession. But just as with any other health condition, help is available, and although there may be self-imposed barriers to seeking it, the number of treatment options far outweigh them

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Suicidal Thoughts and Alcohol Abuse: Tackling Both Problems Head On

Whether it’s at your sibling’s wedding or happy hour at the local pub, drinking is a pretty common pastime in American life. When handled responsibly, it can be a way to relax in social situations, celebrate with loved ones, and even decompress after a long day at work. When it’s abused, though, it can be dangerous — drinking can change the way you think and see the world, and it’s not always for the better.
People abuse alcohol for all kinds of reasons — financial woes, relationship problems, and trouble at work all tend to be big contributors — and in many different ways. Abuse isn’t always synonymous with alcoholism; even on the weekends is considered abuse. But drinking isn’t the best way to cope with problems, and can even make them appear so massive that ending it all seems like the only way out. In fact, alcohol is a factor in over a quarter of all suicides in the United States and more than a third of suicide victims used alcohol just prior to death.
Coping with an alcohol abuse problem and the suicidal tendencies that sometimes accompany it is a slippery slope to say the least. This guide will help to lead the way to cleaner, happier living by outlining the relationship between alcohol abuse and suicidal thoughts and how to overcome both. Keep in mind that while this guide isn’t a substitute for professional help, it can certainly be a positive first step on your road to recovery

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Relationship Recovery: Beating Addiction without Breaking Up

Relationships are hard work. If they were easy, every relationship would last forever. Adding addiction and infidelity makes the outcome less predictable, and more challenging. All treatment programs focus on detoxification along with repairing mental and social health, and guide you in how and when to make amends with yourself and others. However, this process can be especially difficult if infidelity is involved.

The key ingredients individuals bring to a good relationship include patience, respect, good communication and lots of effort. It makes sense that this is true of relationships in both good times and bad. But once you have disrespected your partner by being unfaithful, you also need trust and forgiveness. Getting a relationship back on track after infidelity starts with pursuing both through effective communication with your partner.

Forgiveness
Forgiveness is often something your partner wants to provide after a betrayal, even if they don’t know how. It is a natural inclination for most people who have been betrayed by someone they love to want to find a way to forgive. It helps both people involved to move on from the situation. As much as forgiving shouldn’t be mistaken for trusting, it’s the cornerstone for a new healthy relationship. Until it is achieved, rebuilding the relationship can’t really begin. While the recovery path you have chosen will help you make amends, understand that the level of betrayal is going to impact that process significantly. How your partner feels is his or her reality, and shouldn’t be dismissed as exaggeration or an overreaction. Be honest with yourself about the magnitude and duration of events that led you to this point, and accept that the effects of your addiction might include you not having a full awareness of every transgression playing into your partner’s emotions.

Trust

When considering trust, it’s critical to remember that it belongs to the other person, and is built over time. It's important not to lose hope when rekindling your romance during the recovery process just because the trust isn’t there. Rebuilding trust is a lot like rebuilding a house after a disaster, cleaning up the mess is the hardest part. Make sure you know what stage of the process you’re in (cleaning up, rebuilding, or maintenance) to help manage both you and your partner’s frustrations more effectively. Be especially sensitive to their feelings about any third parties involved in the infidelity, and your continued interactions with them. If the interactions can’t be eliminated entirely, discuss what measures will make your partner feel more secure about the situation. Keep in mind that this will be a trial and error process, and what he or she thinks may work to alleviate fears may not.

Communication
Communication is a foundational element in every relationship, and is the starting point for both forgiveness and trust. People can change, and being in addiction recovery is proof. However, over time you and your partner have been conditioned to respond to certain triggers in a particular way. Whether you are having an innocuous conversation that suddenly turns tense, or you are discussing a delicate subject from the start, take responsibility for responding to your partner’s reaction in a more productive way. It’s important to find the balance between keeping the lines of communication open and avoiding the conversation escalating into a major fight. He or she may not have the benefit of a counselor, a support group, or other tools that are available to you through your recovery program to help work through these issues. If they are receptive to counseling, either individually or together, this can help improve communication. If not, don’t push. Even one big fight can impact the progress that’s been made with the relationship.

Regardless of where your relationship stands, remember that if recovery is possible, so is saving the relationship. Focus on maintaining your recovery first. You can't have a healthy relationship without having a healthy you. Focus on your relationship when both you and your partner are ready, and realize it will likely take him or her more time. Communicating and taking it slowly can ultimately help you both repair and rebuild. - Photo Credit: Pixabay.com



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Recovering from Addiction: The Importance of Support

Smoking affects the central nervous system, reinforcing drug-taking behavior. Support is needed in order to spread awareness and education about smoking’s true effects in order to keep the disease of addiction in remission.
Those who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol understand wholeheartedly the grip a foreign substance can have on the human body. Addiction is more than a physical need which draws a person toward doing something they know not to do. Addiction is a spiritual battle that rages every moment of the individual’s life. It is something that twists the soul, deranges the mind, and corrupts the heart. However, as millions of addicts around the world have come to know – hope is not lost. Recovery is possible for all who wish to possess it.
In light of this, one of the downsides facing those in recovery may be the fact that they are hanging on to smoking cigarettes as a crutch. Cigarettes and coffee are the hallmark of the recovering addict. It is a shame that through the life changing events which transpired in order to free the addict from active use, that individual may still be gripped by the life-stealer known as cigarettes.

UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION
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et’s take a look at smoking, one of the more powerful addictions people face every day. A single cigarette contains over 600 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. A lit cigarette, however, can produce a deadly cocktail of over 7,000 toxic chemicals. Cigarette smoke can affect virtually every system of the human body. It causes emphysema/COPD, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, blood and lung cancers, and much, much more. Why do so many people smoke knowing that they are destroying their bodies? Addiction.
The addiction to smoking cigarettes is one of the strongest forms of addiction in the world. Cigarettes are as addictive as heroin or cocaine – and can be just as hard to quit. However, after all of the effort, praying, and “just for todays” in order to quit using hardcore substances, why let cigarettes survive the purge?

SURVIVING ADDICTION
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ll addicts fight a tough battle, and they form a bond with others who are struggling with the same challenges. It is this bond that forms a kinship which results in groups that can truly help one another. Each addict has their own personal backstory, but the end results are always the same. The result is using a foreign substance compulsively, and losing manageability of their own lives. Many have harrowing stories, personal tragedies, and often loss. The loss of a compatriot or family member to the disease can leave a lasting scar.
However, no matter how dire the situation, no matter how deep the scar, no matter how bad an addict suffers – there is hope. Once active use has been survived and remission of the disease has been accomplished, life can now be lived on life’s terms.
But what about smoking? Smoking is just as damaging as any drug on the planet, and actually kills more. Way more. In fact, according to the American Lung Association, each year drug use takes approximately 39 thousand lives. Direct smoking and those who are exposed to second-hand smoke causes approximately 443 thousand deaths per year. An additional 8.5 million live with some form of illness related to smoking or second-hand smoke exposure.
To say that we are fighting a war against these foreign substances, only to give in to the biggest killer of them all is counterproductive. Something must be done.

SUPPORT
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upport is requested by all recovering addicts, and all who are involved with the process of recovery. Smoking is a battle a recovering addict cannot afford to lose. With all that has been fought for, one more fight is needed. According to the National Library of Medicine, smoking’s effect on the “central nervous system is neuroregulatory in nature, affecting biochemical and physiological functions in a manner that reinforces drug-taking behavior.” Again, smoking can lead back to old habits and relapses, without the recovering addict understanding why. That is why it is imperative to spread awareness on the true effects of smoking. Through education addicts can recover fully, and ensure the disease remains in remission.
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Our alcohol rehabilitation services are available to people suffering from varying degrees of alcohol addiction. Invariably this includes treatment for so-called chronic alcoholism but also for sufferers exhibiting mild forms of alcoholism. Left unchecked alcoholism leads to serious health complications including brain damage and alcohol-related liver disease. Alcoholism left untreated inflicts lasting wounds on relationships including family life, professional life and social life.
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Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers free support and help to people who suffer with alcohol and drug addiction. Rehab 4 Addiction offers free telephone assistance and also maintains useful resources and guides on its website.
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Alcohol and Sleep

Alcohol causes drowsiness. This has led to the popular misconception that it can aid sleep. Up to 20 percent of Americans report using alcohol as a sleep aid. However, alcohol negatively impacts the quality of your sleep, as well as how long you can expect to sleep. Alcohol consumption before bed causes interrupted sleep, due to side effects such as night sweats and disturbed REM sleep.
Alcohol dependence and sleep disorders are often co-morbid – people suffer both at the same time. Alcohol-related sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea, and daytime fatigue.

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HOW ADDICTION AFFECTS SLEEP

The quality of your sleep is affected by everything. From your habits and the food you eat, to the medications you take and drinks you ingest. So, it’s no surprise that if a person has developed an addiction—to an over-the-counter drug, alcohol, or other type of substance—that addiction could affect their sleep quality, too.

Sleep disorders and addiction have a bidirectional relationship: Each individual issue—alcohol dependence, insomnia, etc.—relate to and effect the other issue. The nature of this intricate relationship requires a person seek treatment for both issues to find a healthy, sustainable resolution.

Keep reading to discover how various forms of addiction affect sleep. This guide also will delve into various types of substance-induced sleep disorders, substances that can cause or lead to sleep disorders, and information concerning how an individual can recover from addiction.

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Why Smokers Get Poor-Quality Sleep

Each year, nearly 6 million people die worldwide from tobacco use and related diseases. Smoking has a long list of health risks, including cancer, depression, anxiety, heart disease, and much, much more.

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How nicotine affects your sleep
Insomnia
Sleep-disordered breathing
Does vaping affect sleep?
Nicotine withdrawal and sleep
How to get better sleep
Watch what you eat, drink, and inhale.
Exercise regularly.
Follow good sleep hygiene.
Find other ways to relax.
Lean on others for support.
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Resources to Combat Porn: Men and Women
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Your eyes are the windows of your soul. What you repeatedly expose yourself to will influence your imagination, your actions, and finally your character. There are three things you need to know about pornography. (1) It’s addictive. Family counselor Gail Hoone said, “Pornography is more addictive than drugs, and thanks to the First Amendment, it’s getting bigger every day.” (2) It’s selfish. It trains you to see people as playthings to be played with, and all for one purpose —self-gratification. Intimacy, responsibility, and commitment are not even in the picture (or frame). (3) It’s shaming. Unlike the lepers in the Bible, pornography doesn’t ring a bell and cry, “Unclean! Unclean!”
Yet when you fall under its control, you find yourself responding to it in ways that leave you feeling cheapened and unclean. But there’s good news. Every leper who came to Jesus was cleansed; and through His blood you can be cleansed too! Furthermore, you can be empowered by His Spirit to cast down every imagination, and take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). (From the devotional, Word for You Today)

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These anonymous, online groups meet weekly via video chat and also provide you access to our private social media tool so you can stay in touch and encourage one another throughout the week.
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SMALL GROUPS ONLINE

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These online small groups are the perfect place to find a community of people who experience the same challenges and struggles that you do. Whether you’re a man, woman, pastor, or student struggling against pornography and sexual temptation, the wife of a husband who is, or someone dealing with same-sex attraction, there’s an X3group available for you.
These anonymous, online groups meet weekly via video chat and also provide you access to our private social media tool so you can stay in touch and encourage one another throughout the week

ABOUT MY PILGRIMAGE
You’ve tried everything to overcome your struggles with pornography or sexual addiction, but nothing’s worked. Maybe it’s time to rethink everything you thought you knew about it! My Pilgrimage is a groundbreaking way of thinking about pornography that changes you from the inside out, and this small group provides a healthy community for you to change within.
These anonymous, online groups meet weekly via video chat and also provide you access to our private social media tool so you can stay in touch and encourage one another throughout the week.

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Where can women go to find support, help, and healing in the face of sexual betrayal? Gather together with other women like you through this special small group. It’s made up entirely of women who are enduring the same trials as you – and only those women.
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WHO DOES ADDICTION HAPPEN TO?
Addiction can happen to anyone. A drug or alcohol addiction can take many forms, and while there are undoubtedly both internal and external forces that can lead to a larger chance of forming an addiction, this disease is completely color blind.

It doesn't matter what you look like or where you come from, addiction can happen to anyone. There are many misconceptions about people who are drug addicts or alcoholics. Our mission is to help you or your loved one find answers and support on what steps you can take to overcome your addiction.

Millions of Americans struggle with this disease and we are here to help you understand how an addiction can form and from there guide you to proper treatment and rehab.

Help is out there and it is available to you. There are many treatment options, from inpatient rehab to outpatient counseling and support groups. Just because a problem has developed doesn’t mean it has to stay a problem.

No matter what your background is, we view you as a person and not just a drug addict. Know that you are loved and cared for, and we will do whatever it takes to help.



 

 
 

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