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Active Duty & Sobriety

It’s not always clear as to why some individuals can drink a glass of wine and not be severely impacted, whereas another individual has even one alcoholic beverage that inevitably leads to the next one in one sitting, and then the next one, and so forth. Alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism, is a disease, and […]

5 Ways to Handle Election Stress Disorder
Nov 10, 2022

Although Tuesday is Election Day, many have coined “Election Week” as a more appropriate name. It references the fact that in many races across the country,  it may take longer to distinguish the winner. And during this mid-term election there is plenty of anxiety to go around to a very polarized America. According to the […]

5 Ways to Maintain Sobriety for Halloween
Oct 27, 2022

It’s not a secret; Halloween may be the “scariest” holiday of the year. But as with everything in life, it is what you make it out to be. Halloween isn’t an exception. Although some love to dress up in scary costumes and tell scary stories, others opt for a less intimidating ensemble. A celebrity look-alike, […]

Can Music Lead to Sobriety?
Oct 20, 2022

Music therapy is a way to help those who have struggled with substance misuse and are now in treatment living their life in sobriety. This type of therapy is the use of music and the therapeutic relationship to create connection to oneself and to motivate change while learning to live a life of long-term sobriety. […]

Is it Ever too Late to get Sober?
Oct 13, 2022

No. If you’re struggling with alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder and want to walk along the road to recovery, the path is available with the help of a supportive team. Although sobriety is a continual process, and often a choice that the individual usually makes on their own, treatment can save their life. […]

Can Anxiety Lead to Suicide?
Sep 29, 2022

Yes, it potentially can. The pandemic has proven that individuals react to adverse circumstances differently. And that reaction determines the experience that they have within the situation. There are also some individuals who face anxiety and can be triggered under certain circumstances. Sometimes suicidal ideation, attempted suicide, or suicide itself is the result. If you’re […]

Alcoholism & Sobriety: A Chef’s Perspective
Sep 22, 2022

“Sobriety” holds various meanings to different people. Likewise, the thought of consuming alcohol can hold different meanings to different individuals as well. For some, it’s an enjoyable social activity done amongst friends at dinner, in front of a football game, or with colleagues at a nearby Happy Hour. For others, a case of beer or […]

What is the Impact of Bullying?
Sep 22, 2022

Bullying isn’t an isolated event that one can just “get over” as they grow up. Instead, bullying tends to have both a short and long-term impact on the lives of so many. This includes the individual getting bullied, the bully, those witnessing the event, and those individuals who are both the bully and who get […]

Career Comeback after Addiction?
Sep 15, 2022

It’s possible. Many have done so. Celebrity-status doesn’t exempt an individual from the struggle of substance misuse. Some may even argue that the film and TV industry opens the door to such struggles due to the pressure and demands made by the career choice. Regardless, addiction to drugs (illicit or prescription) and/or alcohol is a […]

Fentanyl Overdoses Inspires Action from Survivors, Narcan Advocates
Sep 8, 2022

Conversations about overdoses and overdose deaths are not the easiest to have, but the dialogue is necessary to help decrease the occurrence of both. There are several substances—illicit or prescription drugs—that are problematic. The one that rarely seems to provide second chances to first-time users, however, is an unknown and lethal amount of fentanyl arbitrarily […]

Mental Health & Suicide
Sep 1, 2022

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This is an opportunity to raise awareness about a problem that is consistently facing people in the United States, as there are over 100 suicides per day. As the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) suggests, even though it’s an important issue that we face all year-round, this particular […]

Depression, Substance Misuse & Success
Aug 26, 2022

Success tends to be inaccurately equated with perfection. The truth is it comes only after walking a path riddled with countless obstacles and failures by a flawed individual known as the human being. And it doesn’t matter which endeavor one chooses to pursue—engineering, medicine, or professional sports—we all travel along a path and none of […]

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