Addiction and Recovery: 5 Celebrity Deaths in 2016

There is no shortage of celebrities in recovery. We’ve lost many celebrities in 2016. A few we lost to serious medical issues,  some to old age and others to addiction. Many of the celebrities we lost in 2016 were in recovery and advocated for the addiction recovery community. Unfortunately, others could have prevented death by overdose if they had sought professional help for their addiction. Below is a list of just some of the celebrities we lost in 2016: 1) Carrie Fisher - 12/27/16 There’s no doubt that Carrie Fisher was a Hollywood icon. Born to actor parents, the late Eddie [...]

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12 Ways to Stay Sober and Sane for the Holidays

The holiday season can be a crazy time of the year. Staying sober and sane for the holidays can be a challenge. With all the heavy traffic, crowded malls with last-minute shoppers, travel delays, and just the stress of reuniting with family and friends can be enough to set off triggers for anyone in recovery. For some, the holidays may even be a somber reminder of a tragic or traumatic event. Yet, this time of year doesn’t have to be a total loss. Whether you’re in recovery or just trying to get through the holiday stress, you can still enjoy [...]

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The Benefits of Vibroacoustic Therapy for Addiction Recovery

Vibroacoustic therapy is the use of low frequency sound waves and therapeutic music to heal people from pain, addiction, and other medical issues. Not many people have heard of vibroacoustic therapy or are aware that it exists, but we all know how music makes us feel. Research on vibroacoustic therapy, conducted by Olav Skille and Tony Wigram in the mid 20th century, was found to benefit patients with cerebral palsy, insomnia, pain and Parkinson’s disease. It wasn’t until the ‘90s that Wigram discovered that sound and vibration could be used to heal cognitive disabilities, such as anxiety and self-harming behaviors [...]

21st Century Cures Act Addresses Opioid Epidemic

On December 5, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act, which addresses the opioid epidemic passed 392 to 26 in the House, and passed 94 to 5 in the Senate last week. President Obama praised the bill as it will provide significant funding for the National Institute of Health, cancer research, brain disease research including Alzheimer's, the Food and Drug and Administration, and the current opioid crisis. While the bipartisan bill has received overwhelming praise, some senators are not on board. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both disapproved of the bill because it gave too many preferences to pharmaceutical companies due [...]

Music on the Brain and Addiction Recovery

How does music on the brain help those in addiction recovery? Think about it. What was the first sound you ever heard? It wasn’t your mom’s voice. It wasn’t your dad’s voice. Nor was it your own voice. While our conscious memories may be different, the first sound we ever hear is our mother’s heartbeat when we’re still in the womb. From there, the sounds we experience in and out of the womb as we grow into adulthood have a tremendous impact on our health. Whether we’re hearing pleasant sounds like a familiar voice or unpleasant sounds such as an [...]

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First Surgeon General Report on Addiction Released

On November 17, 2016, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released the first ever report on addiction - the current public health crisis facing America. The report, Facing Addiction in America, reveals important findings on the neurobiology of substance abuse; prevention programs and policies; early intervention, treatment and management; different paths to recovery; and health systems for substance abuse disorders. Not only does the report state that addiction is not a moral failing but a brain disease, it also sheds light on the segregation of addiction treatment in healthcare, which has been largely ignored due to the stigmas about addiction. Murthy [...]

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