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Dry January and the Benefits of Sobriety

January not only marks the beginning of a new year, but it seems to be deeply imbedded in the human psyche that we all have new opportunities because of the new calendar year. And although any time in a twelve-month period is a great time to seek help when battling an addiction to alcohol, making […]

Addiction, Substance Abuse, and Surfing
July 22, 2021

  An addiction may be hard to explain and even harder for many to understand. It’s a medical disease that’s both treatable and recurrent. It includes complicated interactions between brain circuits, the individual’s life experience, the environment, and genetics. And specifically, substance abuse can be a challenging addiction to face, but with help and treatment, […]

The Day the Music Died: Musicians and Addiction
July 20, 2021

The band started playing a familiar tune from years past. What was the name and who sang it? A friend knew it was “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin and added that this artist died from a drug overdose. Jimi Hendrix did too. Jim Morrison was another. Elvis, Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse […]

What to Expect in Addiction Group Therapy
July 19, 2021

When seeking treatment for a substance use disorder, you may benefit from addiction group therapy. Group therapy is not simply individual therapy in a group setting. It must be led by a trained counselor to be effective, and when done properly, it can help people struggling with addiction to resolve their problems. Benefits of Addiction […]

California Here It Comes: Fentanyl
July 16, 2021

Think about California for a moment. What comes to mind? It’s likely Hollywood, Disneyland, the Napa Valley and beautiful beaches. Here’s a new one to add – fentanyl. Over the last several years, the supply of fentanyl in California has been ticking up big time. A trail of overdoses and deaths has followed. How large […]

Disability Pride Month and Substance Abuse
July 15, 2021

Over 50% of individuals with mental illness, spinal cord injury, or traumatic brain injury abuse either alcohol or drugs. In honor of Disability Pride Month, we want to acknowledge all those with a disability, inclusive of those individuals who happen to struggle with an alcohol or drug addiction. Substance abuse is a challenge that impacts […]

Benefits of Aromatherapy in Addiction Recovery
July 14, 2021

One of the key components of addiction recovery is learning how to resist triggers and cope with the emotional and physical discomforts that used to drive us to drink and/or use. Holistic activities that promote harmony and balance between the mind and body, such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and music therapy, are excellent tools for […]

The Doctor Is In and May be Addicted
July 8, 2021

Do members of the medical community use and abuse substances? “Doctors aren’t immune to addiction” is a Harvard Health blog’s answer to this question. What is the extent of these struggles? The rate mirrors that of the general population. “It is estimated that 10%-15% of all medical professionals in the United States will misuse drugs […]

How Long Will I Be in Recovery?
July 6, 2021

When someone attends treatment for a substance abuse disorder, it can feel like a relief to the individual. But it doesn’t matter if the treatment lasts 30, 60, or 90 days. It’s only one step on the path to a lifetime of recovery. Recovery is not the same as addiction treatment, nor is it the […]

Kassi Underwood & Healing from Alcohol Addiction
July 1, 2021

Those who have battled with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, and have gotten sober despite the obstacles, each have their own unique journey. Substance use disorder (SUD) or an alcohol use disorder (AUD) have a huge impact on the users as well as their families. And although that initial impact may be negative, the […]

Coming Out of the Pandemic Safely and Soberly
June 30, 2021

 “There’ll be crowds and there’ll be shows/ There will be light after dark/ Someday when we aren’t six feet apart.” Luke Combs, singer/songwriter, looked forward to the end of the pandemic in his ode to this crisis he called “Six Feet Apart.” In it, he laments not being able to get together with his mom […]

4 Benefits of Cooking in Recovery
June 29, 2021

For people in early addiction recovery, finding new and interesting activities to engage in that do not involve alcohol and drugs can be a challenge. But incorporating one or more sober hobbies into your new lifestyle can help strengthen your recovery and improve your overall quality of life. Honing your cooking skills is an excellent […]

Why Did the U.S. Experience a Surge of Drunk Driving Deaths in 2020
June 28, 2021

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, bleak statistics continuously scrolled our television and computer screens. Each day was met with a growing rate of pandemic-related deaths and infection rates. For many of us, these numbers left us anxious and uncertain of the future. As the pandemic continued, new startling statistics began to emerge. Whether […]

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