addiction recovery

How Do I Support Someone In Treatment For Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency?

Treatment is a sensitive time of growth and healing. When a loved one goes to treatment, it is important to reduce feelings of isolation and remind them that even treatment, they are still treasured members of your life. Make Time To Spend Time Together If the treatment center has visiting hours, schedule time to visit...
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Clean Start Act for Addiction Recovery

If it were possible to conduct a flash survey which asked one question of people working a program of addiction recovery, “who in this room has a criminal record?” More times than not, a significant number of those asked would answer “yes.” You may be thinking that it would be a rhetorical question, along the...
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Transcendental Meditation for PTSD

Tran·scen·den·tal Med·i·ta·tion ™ noun a technique for detaching oneself from anxiety and promoting harmony and self-realization by meditation, repetition of a mantra, and other yogic practices, promulgated by an international organization founded by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ( c. 1911–2008). In circles of recovery around the globe, the practice of prayer and meditation...
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Recognizing Everyone In Recovery

Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Recovery Month. It is an important time for everyone working a program of addiction recovery. Every September, events are held all over the country to acknowledge the millions of people working to better their existence. Everyone one who has lived in active addiction is fully aware that recovery is...
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Sleep Tips to Quiet Your Mind and Strengthen Your Recovery

“There are few opportunities for quiet reflection, so is there any surprise that the first moment there are no distractions (once your head hits the pillow on your bed) you would start having your inner dialogue?” noted a sleep doctor to Reddit users. It’s a valid point – and it likely resonates even more for...
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California Gov. Pardons Robert Downey Jr.

Addiction brings people to the depths of despair, stripping individuals of their humanity – causing them to do things that put their life and the lives of others at risk. It’s rare to find a recovering addict or alcoholic who does not have a criminal record, the result of past indiscretions. Many people find recovery...
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Mental Illness Awareness Week – It’s Time To Get Involved

Mental Illness Awareness Week – October 5 – 11, 2014 Yes, it’s true…once again it’s time to get involved. It is time to realize that 1 in 4 American Adults and 1 in 5 children will experience mental illness this year. Think about it this way, if you are an adult sitting in a room...
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Reality Of Addiction: One Man’s Effort To Tear Down The Stigma

Storytelling is the essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is.  Tim O’Brien Journal writing as a tool of recovery Last summer we wrote about a new way to share one’s story concerning their struggle with addiction and how their story can change someone else’ story of addiction and recovery. Sharing...
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For Veterans “Coming Home” The VA Announces Its Opioid Safety Initiative

The Academy Awards….and war veterans This Sunday a lot of us will take a few hours to watch the 86th Academy Awards ceremony. We all have our favorite nominated movies and certainly our favorite actors and actresses who we would like to see receive an Oscar, but today it occurred to us that this year...
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CDC’s VITAL SIGNS Report: Women’s Prescription Painkiller Overdose Deaths Increase By 400% Since 1999

English: Logo of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. White on blue background with white rays but no white “burst”. No detailed wording. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Vital Signs published the first Tuesday of each month If you are a regular reader of...
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