How Codependency Differs from Interdependency

Codependency is a relational process that affects individuals differently. The person who self describes as the fixer, the helper, the assistant, the caretaker, the people pleaser, and the right-hand man or woman often feels great about these roles. However, codependency is a double-edged sword that can be very toxic in interpersonal relationships within work, friendships, family and romantic relationships. On the surface, you may think you are being interdependent by taking care of things or just going the extra mile to get your loved one on the right track; however, what seems like tender, love and care, can often be [...]

11 Useful Apps for Addiction Recovery

A large part of maintaining  recovery is staying socially active by attending meetings, getting support from sponsors, friends and family, and others in recovery, and sticking to a healthy diet, budget, and exercise routine. Whether you’re in addiction recovery or not, these are all human needs that help us thrive in society, not just survive. For most of us, we’re always on our phone checking the latest news or social media feed, yet there are a plethora of apps to keep us focused and productive. We found a few helpful apps that are and aren’t solely recovery-related that will help you stay [...]

Comedian Troy Meeks on Creativity and the Recovery Process

Comedian, Troy Meeks, spent time on the comedy circuit in the ‘90s and 2000s and still performs today. He’s toured with big acts from Saturday Night Live, done stand-up comedy, and appeared on MTV and HBO. Meeks who is also an Alumni coordinator at Transformations Treatment Center, recently sat down for an interview to discuss how the creative process is much like the recovery process. Meeks opens up about his experiences in the entertainment industry, addiction, life stories, and how it all relates to the recovery process. What got you interested in comedy? I was fourteen and I saw Robin [...]

Life in Recovery: Rapper Gucci Mane Talks Sobriety

Atlanta rapper, Gucci Mane, born Radric Davis, recently sat down for an interview to discuss his recovery from addiction. The rapper was very vocal about his daily routine of drinking lean (a mix of promethazine/codeine-based cough syrup and soda) and smoking weed. He also abused alcohol, ecstasy and prescription pills. The hosts, Dan Le Batard, Gonzalo Le Batard, and Bomani Jones of the popular ESPN show, “Highly Questionable”, asked about the rapper’s life before, during, and after prison. Davis opened up about how his experience in prison changed him. Davis was facing up to a 20-year sentence for possession of [...]

Stress Tolerance: Building Resilience in Early Recovery

Stressful situations come and go throughout our lives and it affects each of us differently. Some of us are resilient to higher levels of stress while for others it is more of a challenge. Our innate “fight or flight” response to stress helps protect us from perceived danger whether it be facing our problems head on or avoiding them completely. At times stress can mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually subdue even the most optimistic person. For those transitioning from addiction treatment to a life in early recovery, adapting to life’s stressors can prove to be very challenging. Whether it’s finding [...]

Reach Your Goals: 4 Ways to Beat Negative Thinking

I dare you to read this without thinking about an orange gorilla. Now, think of anything you can without thinking of the orange gorilla and count to 10. No matter how hard you tried, you thought about the orange gorilla, didn’t you? No matter how hard we try to suppress our negative thoughts, our brains are hardwired to focus on negative thinking. Think of a positive moment in your life. Now think of a negative moment. Which memory is more vivid and stands out to you the most? It’s more than likely you’ll remember that time you bottomed out, got [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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