The Insanity of a Family Disease

During my twenty-five year career in substance abuse treatment, I’ve frequently heard family members (and clients) insist that "Alcohol isn't his/her/my problem - drugs are!" and "Alcoholism isn't his/her/my problem - addiction is!" as if the same principles of recovery from chemical dependency don't apply to any dysfunctional situation where alcohol either isn't present or isn't present enough to be identified as the primary drug-of-choice.

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Summer Workout

Summer is undoubtedly here, and I don’t know about you guys but I like to keep my shirt off as much as possible in the Florida heat. That’s why I make sure I get a good core workout in a few times a week so I feel more confident when I’m hitting the beach!

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Adventure Therapy: evolv

A couple of years back I was introduced to the “four steps” of the AA Back to Basics approach by author Wally P. which is used internationally by AA groups. These four steps are meant to be an introduction to the 12 steps for the newcomer in order to help give them a basic understanding for a better life in recovery.

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Alumni Spotlight: Carrie A.

Hello. My name is Carrie and I am a grateful alcoholic/addict in recovery. Growing up my life was far from normal. I grew up in a trailer park in Ohio…

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Strawberry Shortcake Jars

Last month I jumped on the quarantine banana bread baking train like the rest of the world – and it was pretty amazing, if I do say so myself! This…

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How do I Know if Someone is Abusing Roxies?

What Are Roxies? Roxicodone (oxycodone), also called “Roxy” or “blue”, is an opioid-based pain medication that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is often used after surgeries…

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June is PTSD Awareness Month

What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that can occur after someone has experienced a traumatic event. While the events that cause PTSD can vary and…

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Understanding the Stigma Around Mental Health

Why is there a Stigma Attached to Mental Health and Mental Illness If you or a loved one have a mental health disorder, then you know that mental illnesses have a stigma attached…

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Using Telehealth for Addiction Treatment : What does it look it?

Although the coronavirus pandemic has totally transformed our healthcare system as we know it, there are still services available to address conditions of all kinds. In particular, those who suffer…

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Fitness and Recovery

Fitness is a huge component of my recovery today. I have learned how important it is to take care of my body, and taking care of my body has a direct correlation to my mental well-being. Some of you might be missing the gym as much as I do, but there are so many ways to keep our bodies moving at home.

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