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9 Sobriety Social Media Influencers

Social media is an undeniably powerful force of our modern culture. From geopolitical governance to trending makeup tutorials, social media has been proven able to shape, shift, and shake our collective consciousness. When it comes to recovery-oriented or sober lifestyles, social media has increasingly become a beacon for many–both for “sober curious” individuals and those […]

Recovery Reading List: 16 Best-Selling and/or Award-Winning Books on Addiction and Recovery
Dec 4, 2023

Whether you’ve been to treatment, you’re contemplating rehab, or your loved one is struggling with substance misuse, the more tools you have in your arsenal the better. Everything from inpatient rehab and sober living facilities to peer-support groups and outpatient care can move you or your loved one another step closer to long-term recovery. Self-help […]

Methamphetamine Awareness Day: Stats and Links to Promote Awareness
Nov 1, 2023

Launched in 2006 by then President George W. Bush, National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is observed annually on Nov. 30 as part of an effort to educate the public about the effects and dangers of meth. But given the overabundance of national days, including everything from National Cereal Day (March 7th) to Hagfish Day (celebrated the […]

Razors in Halloween Candy? What about Drugs?
Oct 27, 2023

Some of us may have heard the urban legend about razor blades being hidden in candy apples on Halloween, and some of us are old enough to remember our parents checking every piece of candy to make sure there weren’t razor blades hidden in our loot. Now, parents don’t worry about sharp objects in their […]

10 Tips for a Merry, Sober, and Safe Holiday Season
Oct 25, 2023

The holidays aren’t just filled with parties, Santa, and Aunt Betty’s famous fudge. They’re also jam-packed with time-strapped travel, stress, and high expectations. And for those in recovery, the holidays can also come with a stocking full of triggers, including people, places, and events that present both the opportunity and the lure to return to […]

Why Seek Addiction Treatment During Thanksgiving?
Oct 24, 2023

Why is Thanksgiving the perfect time for rehab? For those struggling with addiction, treatment is the best gift you can give yourself, as few things can change your life as much or as quickly as sobriety. And when it comes to treatment, now—regardless of the time of year—is the best time to start. That’s the […]

How to Enjoy Football Season with Friends Without Drinking
Oct 9, 2023

For many in early recovery, football season may present challenges to sobriety. With the stresses of tailgating or football-watching from home—both of which tend to include lots of alcohol and food—it can be tempting to slip into old habits. You might ask, “How can I enjoy a whole season of football with friends without drinking?” […]

Signs You May Need Rehab
Oct 3, 2023

Attending a comprehensive addiction treatment program at a rehab facility is an essential first step in beginning recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. Oftentimes people will try to stop substance misuse on their own without professional help and guidance provided at a rehab facility, however, it can be extremely difficult and in some cases […]

How to Tell Your Family & Friends You’re Going to Rehab
Oct 3, 2023

Importance of Telling Family and Friends You’re Going to Rehab Making the decision to go to rehab and get seek help for an addiction is not an easy decision to make. One of the hardest steps in recovery is making the decision to go to treatment, but it is also natural to worry about the […]

College Stressors and Substance Misuse: Causes and Solutions
Oct 3, 2023

What is Stress, and Why are College Students so Affected by It? College can be a blast, filled with friends, adventures, and growth. At the same time, it can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, as days are often jampacked with classes, studying, and work. Plus, simply adulting on one’s […]

5 Ways to Maintain Sobriety for Halloween
Sep 26, 2023

Halloween may be the scariest holiday of the year, but it doesn’t have to unhinge your recovery. Halloween Drug and Alcohol Misuse Halloween—or All Hallows’ Eve—is said to be the one night of the year where the barrier between the dead and the living wanes thin enough to let spirits pass through. However, there’s something […]

Therapy Dogs, Addiction, and Mental Health
Sep 26, 2023

Full of unconditional love, dogs really can be man’s best friend. Humans have long realized the ways in which dogs can be helpful. Even from the earliest interactions, humans and dogs shared common goals, including avoiding predators and finding food. More recently, dogs have taken on important roles in therapeutic and educational settings.1 And dogs […]

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