Habit vs. Addiction

By: Lisa Chirichella, TTC Alumni Coordinator When an individual takes up a new hobby or activity that becomes a habit, it can be difficult to know when the line has been crossed into it becoming an addiction. It is important to understand that addiction does not only refer to drugs and alcohol. You can be…

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The Terrible Twos

By: Mike Murphy, TTC Manager of Alumni Services Anyone who has ever been involved with A.A. can tell you, there is a list of things you will hear over and over again about the program. Think “one day at a time” or “keep coming back.” For the most part, they make sense and you wouldn’t…

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Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese that will ruin all other Mac and Cheese for you… Tips for the Best Homemade Mac and Cheese Use block cheese and shred, do not buy the pre-shredded cheese. The pre-shredded cheese is great for so many things but not macaroni and cheese. It’s coated with antifungals and won’t melt properly. You…

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Be Wary of Drinking Occasions

By: Mike Murphy, Manager of Alumni Services Be wary of drinking occasions. Especially the holidays. Now we all know that holidays and family occasions can be rough. It’s an accepted societal norm that drinking will take place at the majority of these events. And Lord knows I took advantage of that societal norm. But, not…

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This is How Alcohol Romanced Me

By: Carol O., Transformations Alumna Nobody chooses to be an alcoholic, nobody chooses addiction. But somehow I found myself in this club. My story is really not that outrageous or for that matter, not too unusual. My drinking story began when I was over 50 years old. In my 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s I was…

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Ferris Bueller Nailed It

By: Mike Murphy, Transformations Manager of Alumni Services “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is easily one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s one of those movies that if I see it is on, I am…

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God Complex

By: Mike Murphy, Transformations Manager of Alumni Services Buckle up, kiddos. It’s gonna be a bumpy one. Firstly, let me start off by saying I know some people are going to disagree with my take on this and that is fine. Hell, it’s normal. Wait. Should I have said “hell?” I would hate for us…

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And That’s How It Happened

By: Emily B., Transformations Alumna I was 23 and I had just relapsed after 6 months because my mom wouldn’t let me have a car and I couldn’t handle my emotions. (thinking back I knew that wasn’t the real reason). I relapsed for a total of 2 days and was already doing and selling substances….

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Volunteer Opportunities

By: Lisa Blomgren, Transformations Alumni Coordinator It was suggested to me early in recovery that I should get involved with some volunteer work. My first thought was “why would I do that?” I was already extremely busy with my other commitments. I was doing IOP 3 times a week, hitting daily meetings, working, partaking in…

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