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6 Tips for a Sober Memorial Day Weekend

It’s considered the kickoff to summer, but for those trying to stay sober, Memorial Day weekend can seem like the ultimate test. Everywhere you turn are parties and celebrations, and alcohol often feels as central to the traditions as the barbecue. (more…)...

The Impact of Alcohol in the Movies

Does seeing alcohol consumption in the movies trigger adolescents to try alcohol or consume more than they would normally otherwise? A recent report published in the journal Pediatrics believes so. It states that 15-year-olds who watched a higher amount of alcohol consumption in films are influenced by what they see. ...

What You Might Not Know About Opioid Pain Pills

More than 40% of Americans say they know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, and a majority say that lack of access to treatment for people with substance abuse issues is a problem, a new survey shows. (more…)...

Unrealistic Expectations Drive Us Deeper Into Addiction

What’s wrong with trying to control life? What’s wrong with holding the people around us to a higher standard? The problem is that addicts expend a lot of energy trying to micromanage the universe and the people in it. What happens when people and circumstances don’t measure up? We’re angry, disappointed, de...

3 Things Rehab Isn’t

If drug or alcohol use is starting to complicate your life, you may be ready to consider whether inpatient rehab is right for you. What should you expect when you check yourself in for help with an addiction? To better understand what rehab is, here’s a look at what it isn’t: (more…)...

3 Things We Need in the Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

It was just a few years ago that the nation at last awakened to the deadly consequences of its love affair with prescription opioid painkillers and scrambled to put into place strategies to combat what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history. (more&hell...

How to Love an Addict Without Being an Enabler

It is easy to fall into the trap of enabling an addict. It feels like love, but enabling only harms the addict and your relationship with him. If you love an addict, you can be supportive, loving and caring without enabling the addiction and the addictive behaviors. The first step is to recognize whether you are an ena...

Alcohol Addiction Therapy and Rehabilitation

Alcohol is a widely-available, legal, and dangerously addictive drug that acts as a depressant and negatively affects every organ in the body. Although some people can consume alcohol safely and in small amounts, many become trapped in a devastating spiral of addiction before they even know they are the victims of subs...

My Experience Writing “No More Vodka in My Orange Juice”

Writing my autobiography, No More Vodka in My Orange Juice: My Path to Clarity Way, allowed me to reflect on my own life. I am beyond grateful I was able to find recovery. Without the support of my family, friends, and treatment experiences, I wouldn’t have had the courage to take the steps toward sobriety. Since ...

Amy Winehouse – The Importance of Safe Detox

The tragedy surrounding Amy Winehouse’s death has had a somber effect on the entire world, and as the questions and hope for answers begins, the conversation swiftly turns to her tumultuous history with drug and alcohol abuse and the part it played in her death. Winehouse’s substance use has always been a large ...

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