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Addiction Recovery Support During a Global Pandemic

The United States is currently the epicenter of a global pandemic caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the largest and, perhaps, most dangerous public health crisis of the last 100 years. This can be especially complicated for those who require drug and alcohol addiction support during the pandemic. State, county, and local […]




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5 Positive Ways to Start the New Year in Recovery

The start of the New Year is almost always a time when people feel ready to make some positive changes that will improve their lives. These can be small adjustments like committing to a journal entry every day or they might be more sweeping lifestyle modifications, such as a weight loss goal that includes strict […]




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10 Excuses Addicts Use to Avoid Going to Rehab Treatment

Making the decision to get treatment for issues related to substance abuse or addiction is an extremely personal and, in most cases, difficult process, so it’s not surprising that there are a variety of excuses addicts make to avoid going to rehab for treatment. For some people, their struggles with addiction have cost them everything, […]




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6 Tips for Overcoming the Guilt and Shame of Addiction: Sobriety, Relapse and Recovery

Whether a person is actively living in recovery, has yet to attempt sobriety or has been sober and recently relapsed, battling the disease of addiction comes with a lot of emotional baggage, most notably guilt and shame. When dealing with guilt vs. shame, it’s important to address these feelings head on so they have less […]




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3 Music Organizations Dedicated to Musicians and Recovery

It’s impossible to define exactly how important music is in our day-to-day lives. It has the power to bring people together, to soothe sad feelings, and even outline the beliefs and cultural touchstones of the many unique societies around the globe. So, it’s not an exaggeration to suggest that music, in many ways, is a […]




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Holidays in Recovery: Can You Get Drunk on Non-alcoholic Beer?

As November comes to an end and the holiday season swings into full gear, the list of party invitations begin to pile up. There are the office parties, neighborhood-block parties and any number of friends and family that take pride in throwing their annual ugly-sweater holiday party or whatever it might be. Then, lest we […]




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5 Motivational Principles of Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Adjusting the way we think and act is one of the most difficult aspects of recovery, whether it’s from past trauma, depression, substance abuse or any number of life’s challenges. Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is a therapeutic approach that helps individuals overcome uncertainty or ambivalence related to a change in their self-destructive behavior. Developed by […]




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The Herren Project: Massachusetts Substance Abuse Prevention

In more ways than one, Massachusetts, which has been at the heart of the opioid crisis in the United States, is now leading the charge to fight the epidemic. The state has suffered devastating loss of life due to heroin and opioid addiction. According to state-government data, “Opioid-related deaths in the state were more than […]




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‘Unhooked’ is a Mother’s Story About Facing Her Son’s Addiction

“You don’t see cancer patients or diabetics stealing from the jewelry box or the family,” Annie Highwater writes in the description of her book, “Unhooked: A Mother’s Story of Unhitching from the Roller Coaster of Her Son’s Addiction.” Battling her son’s addiction to opioids, this mother admits she was self-righteous about the fact that addiction […]




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Self Care – Put Your Oxygen Mask On First

“In the unlikely event of an emergency,” flight attendants tell us at the start of every flight, “oxygen masks will appear in front of you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth and breathe normally. If you’re traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask first and then assist the […]




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