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Tracking the Opioid Epidemic by the Numbers

About 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can’t turn on the news without hearing about the next wave of overdose deaths from opioids such as heroin, the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, prescription painkillers such as oxycontin, and now the elephant tranquilizer, carfentanil. Deaths from drug use are now the leading cause of accidental death in America, surpassing deaths by car accidents and guns. Overdose deaths have quadrupled since 2009. With the surging death toll, the annual costs of the opioid epidemic has also taken it’s toll on [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|

A Hidden Epidemic Among Firefighters and First Responders

The rate of suicide among firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, military, trauma workers and other first responders is steady on the rise. First responders experience the worst stress and trauma daily, which often affects their mental health over time. Although our first responders are highly trained to handle chaos on the scene, the constant exposure to horrific images from bodily injuries, violence, personal threats, accidents, fires, destruction and death can takes it’s toll. Often, first responders have a hard time admitting they need help given their duty to help others. The sense of responsibility can be overwhelming when first responders [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|

Chance The Rapper Admits to Xanax Addiction

Chicago rapper, Chance the Rapper, born Chancelor Bennett, recently sat down for an interview with Katie Couric for Yahoo Global News. Bennett has been riding the wave of music industry success and critical acclaim. Recently, the rapper became the first artist to win a Grammy Award without having released a physical copy. He won 3 Grammy Awards for his streaming-only album, Coloring Book - Best Rap Performance, Best New Artist and Best Rap Album. In the interview, Bennett introduces Couric to a Chicago staple, Harold’s Chicken Shack, which is a local favorite.  In the very candid and heartwarming interview, Couric [...]

By | March 3rd, 2017|

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 [...]

By | February 20th, 2017|

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 [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|

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 [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|

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 [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|

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 [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|

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 [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|

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 [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|
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