Fresh Starts in the Springtime

Fresh Starts in the Springtime: The Benefits of Exercise for Recovering Drug Addicts   Spring is the time for new intentions and fresh possibilities. Brighter days and sunnier weather call out to caged-in winter hermits, offering them the opportunity to revitalize neglected areas of their life such as their physical health. With ice and darkness…

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The Alumni Connection

The Alumni Connection Recovery begins with treatment but it does not end there. Recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism should continue for a lifetime. Post-treatment offerings like alumni programs can help prevent relapse and ensure long-term recovery for newly recovered persons. Alumni programs keep former “graduates” of treatment programs connected to each other, usually through…

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Spring Into Recovery

Spring Into Recovery   How to survive the harsh winter of addiction and spring into a life of recovery and growth. There is an old saying that states, “Time heals all wounds”.  Life is full of hardships that come and go: sometimes we can’t stop smiling and other times we feel like we will never…

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How to Cope with Loss

How to Cope with Loss: Grief for the Mother of a Child Lost to a Drug Overdose To experience the loss of a child, especially to an overdose, is to experience the unthinkable. No parenting book or sage advice can prepare a mother for such a life experience and the feelings that accompany it. Grief…

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International Women’s Day

Celebrating Women in Recovery on International Women’s Day Women have an important role to play in supporting other females in recovery   On International Women’s Day, we take today to recognize the wonderful women in our lives. As we pause to celebrate the contributions women have made in our lives and communities, we can reflect…

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Friends in Recovery

Three Part Guide to Making Friends in Recovery. People, Places and Things.  These are words that you hear over and over again in the world of addiction treatment.  While changing all of these things sounds good in theory, practicing these principles in everyday life is hard.     Recovery is simple but that does not…

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How to Eat in Early Recovery

Learning How to Eat in Early Recovery   There are many things to worry about when you are an individual suffering with the disease of addiction.  If you are in active addiction the concerns revolve around a very warped set of basic human necessities: money to find drugs or alcohol, a place and person to…

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Top 10 Addiction Excuses

Top 10 Addiction Excuses   Denial is one of the hallmarks of the disease of addiction. When people develop drug or alcohol dependence, they protect the substance at all costs, despite objections from loved ones or negative consequences to their behaviors. Although there is evidence suggesting there is a problem, addicts continue to use once…

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The Alumni Connection

The Alumni Connection Recovery begins with treatment but it does not end there. Recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism should continue for a lifetime. Post-treatment offerings like alumni programs can help prevent relapse and ensure long-term recovery for newly recovered persons. Alumni programs keep former “graduates” of treatment programs connected to each other, usually through…

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Ten Ways Alumni Programs Help You Stay Sober

Ten Ways Alumni Programs Help You Stay Sober   Life beyond treatment can present new challenges for sober individuals transitioning from treatment to the “real world.” Fortunately, alumni programs bridge the gap between learning healthy skills in treatment and then applying those skills in real life. Here are ten ways alumni programs help addicts stay…

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