Category: Addiction

Addiction can affect anyone. We often associate addicts and alcoholics with those living on the streets, but in reality, drug and alcohol addiction can affect anyone. At Duffy’s we recognize the reality that your addiction has become a disease in your life and needs to be treated. Therefore, we embrace the medical model that your addiction is a disease, and we use the social model—which includes education, counseling, and peer support—to treat it. The following blog posts and articles are designed to help you to better understand the disease of addiction.

Amazing Grace That Saved a Drunk Like Me

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“Yes, there is a long period of reconstruction ahead…” –Alcoholics Anonymous, Big Book, page 83 I often find myself baffled by all that I have accomplished in my sobriety. Now, I&rsquo ... Read More →

Chasing Away the Monster Under My Bed Through Fellowship

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"In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility." –Eleanor Roosevelt During a traumatic ... Read More →

Raising Awareness and Saving Lives in Bay Area Schools

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At Duffy’s we know that we’re not the only one’s out there trying to save lives from the disease of alcoholism. There are fantastic professionals across the world, and ... Read More →

Should an Addict Use Opiate Painkillers?

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Consider this: you are in long-term recovery for addiction and you have been progressing quite well. Suddenly, you are involved in an accident—a car wreck, a fall at work, or a sports injury ... Read More →

How Remembering My Past Helps Me Protect My Future

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I began drinking in my early 40s. I was a wife and a mother . . . and a complete wreck. Depression and anxiety saw me living each day in a place akin to hell. At that point ... Read More →

Powerless Over Alcohol: Experiencing the First Step of Alcoholics Anonymous

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I was drowning in a riptide of addiction. It was pulling me under and leaving me helpless to fight against its powerful pull. Unmaneageable The time had finally come to try accepting that I was ... Read More →

DUI a Rock Bottom for Michael Phelps?

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We’ve all felt the disappointment of one of our heroes messing up. America’s most recent scene of disappointment comes in the form of the arrest of 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps. ... Read More →

5 Sneaky Ways Your Addiction May be Costing You

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Many people are reluctant to admit they have a problem with drugs and alcohol, and that’s understandable. Addiction is a serious illness that renders the victim powerless over their substance use—something ... Read More →

Frozen: How Disney Movie Connects with Trap of Addiction

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Ah yes, that wonderful Disney movie that little girls everywhere have memorized and that has cemented the Oscar-winning song in our heads. (Are you singing it already?) Well, Frozen reminds me of addiction. And ... Read More →

Addiction and Motherhood: Sheila Ganz has a Powerful Story to Tell

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Addiction is hard—we all know that. But as a mother, going through an addiction means your baby girl or little boy goes through it with you. The documentary On Life’s Terms: ... Read More →