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Sobriety: How to Live a Full Life in Recovery

Recovery may seem like a dream in the distant future for some. But the truth is, long-term recovery is a reality for many. And as much as alcohol misuse may seem to “choose” who it wants and the onus of the battle with alcoholism falls on the shoulders of the individual, it requires support from […]

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 […]

Behind Bars and Addicted: Benefits of Treatment
June 25, 2021

In the new non-fiction book The Second Chance Club, all seven of the parolees profiled, who revolve in and out of lock up in New Orleans, suffer from a substance use disorder (SUD). Is that the norm, the prevalence of drug addiction in the U.S. jail and prison population? The percentage is difficult to pinpoint. […]

Shame, Substance Abuse, & Celebration of Pride
June 24, 2021

As part of the LGBTQ+ community, being proud of who you are and how you stand in this world is liberating. And one of the underlying reasons why that liberation is so significant and why there is a celebration of pride is due to a time when so many felt too ashamed to simply be […]

How Does Heroin Abuse Affect Your Mental Health?
June 23, 2021

Most people understand that heroin is bad for them, but are you aware of its potential mental health effects? The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that heroin use has been increasing in the last 10 years. In 2016, approximately 948,000 people reported using the substance in the past year. The number of young adults […]

Recovery Spotlight: Rob Lowe
June 22, 2021

After his breakout roles in the 1983 films The Outsiders and Class, 18-year-old Rob Lowe was thrust into the Hollywood spotlight. Alongside fellow “Brat Packers” like Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, and Andrew McCarthy, he became one of the hottest teen idols of the decade — and adopted a fast-living lifestyle fueled by alcohol and drugs. […]

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