Welcome to the Addiction Blog RoundUp for the Week. I love this part of my week – it gives me energy to take a look and see what others are talking about every week. I hope you enjoy it too!
The NIDA For Teens blog team has posted an article this week talking about marijuana edibles. In the post, they are talking about the amount of thc allowed in a serving of marijuana infused candy or beverages. They also remind us that a package of candy or a bottle of beverage may have multiple servings in it, causing problems when an individual consumes the whole thing. Marijuana edibles ARE tricky…and consumers and parents need to be aware.
This word has come up in many therapy sessions over the years with people wondering if it has a place in the addiction discussion. On the Recovery SI blog this week, C. Scott McMillin does a good job of painting a picture of the word in relationship to addiction. I love his comparison to the “potato chip syndrome ” – so true!
Over at Sober Nation this week, this post is talking about observing signs of relapse in others. The end of the article discusses how to approach a friend if you observe potential relapse signs. I would add that it is important to remember:
- It is not your responsibility to prevent someone from relapsing
- Keep the lines of communication open
- Support the individual as they adopt necessary changes in thinking and behaviors
SMART Recovery (Self Management for Addiction Recovery) is another kind of addiction recovery support group. The post this week on the smartrecovery.org blog is talking about the elements of a SMART meeting and the basic premise of the group. If you are interested, you can find a meeting in your area or online.
Finally this week over at Sober Courage, MagShores wrote a post about long term recovery. She answers a couple of questions that she has been asked recently about her process in long term recovery. She also says: “So you see, there is no magic cure available that will make it easy for us to quit our addictions and bam! have a wonderful life. It takes much effort and work…” Even after you take away the alcohol or the drugs, life still happens. You still have to learn how to deal with the past and how to cope with current events.
That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
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