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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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Why Pet Therapy Can Improve the Road to Recovery

It’s difficult to measure the value of a good dog. Beyond mere anecdotal evidence, research suggests that dogs (and other pets) can help people come back from traumatic experiences, lessen symptoms of anxiety and depression and, yes, even be powerful allies in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Hundreds of years of evolution and […]




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Drug Offenders and Welfare Benefits – Lifting the Ban and Lending a Hand

One of the harshest and most ineffective polices of the U.S. government’s “war on drugs” is the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act which was passed in 1996. Sponsored by Republican John Kasich, Ohio’s state representative at the time, the act banned anyone with felony drug convictions from receiving welfare benefits, such as food […]




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September is National Recovery Month: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!

Stories of personal recovery, local events and award ceremonies are just part of National Recovery Month, an observance held every September for the last 27 years. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), in cooperation with its partners, the campaign focuses on educating Americans that with treatment, anyone living with a substance […]




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On-Campus Recovery Housing – Does it Help Students Stay Sober?

Take a segment of the population prone to poor impulse control and judgment, who, biologically, are at the peak of risk-taking and pleasure-seeking behavior, put them all in one place – welcome to college. Life on most college campuses includes a vibrant party culture where alcohol and drugs are easily accessible. For students in recovery, […]




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What is the Difference Between IOP and PHP Outpatient Programs?

An estimated 24 million people suffer from addiction or dependency to drugs and alcohol in the United States. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that only 11 percent – 2.6 million – receive the treatment they need. Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are two options for people […]




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