Heroin Vaccination

Kansas City Recovery

In the midst of the endless conversation of the opioid epidemic, it’s nice to see some news about possible solutions. I appreciate the approach of this drug because it sounds like it will inhibit some of the brain hijacking that happens with addiction. In very simple terms, addiction, as it progresses, causes changes to the structure and behavior of the … Read More

Addiction Unlimited Podcast

Earlier this month, I launched a podcast. It is something I have been thinking about for over a year but hadn’t made the time to learn how to do it. Any of you that know me personally know I don’t have a problem talking, but I didn’t know anything else about podcasting, what equipment to use, how to edit them, … Read More

Alcohol

Most adults around the world have consumed alcohol at some point. It is estimated close to 87% of the American adult population has had at least one drink in their lifetime. Alcohol is a legal addictive substance available to anyone over the age of 21. Many people are able to drink without serious issues, however, for those who can’t, the … Read More

Spring Clean Your Sobriety

Maybe you’ve been sober for years, or maybe a few months. Do you ever get the feeling it’s time for some Spring Cleaning in your sobriety? It’s time to spruce things up, dust out the cob webs, and give yourself a recovery adjustment. How do you do that? It’s easy. I believe I have to do something on a daily … Read More

Alcoholics Anonymous – Step One

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Many people say step one is the hardest of them all. Some people stumble over the word ‘powerless’ as if it is some personal attack degrading their strength and making them feel weak. Really, it is neither of those things. I am powerless over alcohol because … Read More

Angela Pugh of Kansas City Recovery

Thank you to The Real KC for publishing a piece of my story and sharing a victory in the world of addiction. My Moment There is always that one moment that changes everything. Some call it a light bulb moment, some a moment of truth, or a moment of clarity. Whatever you want to call it, it is fierce and … Read More

Addiction: When Should You Get Help?

It’s a new year, and oftentimes we find ourselves contemplating change when the new year begins. New year, new you. Many people who struggle with addiction think about quitting regularly. Most of us know when we have a real problem, and most of us know the only solution is to stop. Unfortunately, knowing all of that does not make us … Read More

Am I Enabling?

This is such a challenging conversation I have to have with families everyday. The topic of enabling is not a simple one, and there are several ways we enable without realizing it. First, let’s clear up what enabling is. In a nutshell, this is anything we do that ‘enables’ our loved one to continue the addiction we so desperately want … Read More

AA – To The Newcomer

AA Newcomer Guide

There are so many things to think about as you approach this piece of your life. It is a strange place to be, in your head, thinking about these changes that are necessary, AA, and wondering how it will be. I had a lot of fear about being sober. I feared that I would no longer be funny. I feared … Read More