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August 28, 2019
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Self-Care is not Selfish: The Importance of Self-Care When Getting Clean and Sober

Many argue that addiction is a societal disease, driven by the endless compulsion for more, and by action based on feelings of lack. One perspective is that addiction is worsened by an imbalanced drive to consume, achieve, conquer.  While energies of desired progress are by no means unhealthy in and of themselves, when they replace balance, and ignore the quiet […]
August 20, 2019
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Seeking New Horizons: The Transformative Power of Adventure Therapy

There is perhaps no venture that combines coping skills, self-learning, and therapeutic insight in as hands-on and vivid a way as adventure therapy. To see in new ways, under new circumstances, with budding understandings, is one of the most effective catalysts for building new neural pathways, and cultivating new aspects of one’s identity- both crucial for learning to live free […]
August 4, 2019
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The Importance of Medically Supervised Detox

Slowing The Train Before You Get Off: The Importance of Medically Supervised Detox  Many addicts and alcoholics, so fed up with the momentum and entrapment of their disease, want to run full speed into sobriety even if it means quitting cold turkey. Willing to do anything to find true relief, when the drugs and alcohol have lost their effectiveness, many […]
July 22, 2019
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No more Shame: Understanding the Disease of Addiction

No More Shame: Understanding the Disease of Addiction  For years addiction and alcoholism were looked at as a moral deficiency (and for some, still is). Without the current research from prominent neuroscientists, many addicts and alcoholics were tossed aside to bitter ends such as the ineffective justice system, psychiatric wards, or death and suicide.  Today, we have very definitive evidence, […]
July 8, 2019
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Creating an Inclusive Environment: Addiction and Recovery in the LGBTQ+ Community 

Addiction and Recovery in the LGBTQ+ community. The fight for equality, freedom of expression, and human rights can be an overwhelming and exhausting fight. Combine that with social stigma and discrimination, and you have conditions that can leave marginalized communities especially vulnerable to addiction. One such community intensely affected by the addiction epidemic has been the LGBTQ+ community. One which […]
June 29, 2019
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The Opioid Epidemic

Have you Been Affected? We often see opioid use hollywoodized or glamourized in celebrity news, or in thrilling movies. Some witnessing from the comforts of their TV viewing rooms, are quite removed from it. Others, maybe you who are reading this, have personal experience with the painful reality of opioid addiction. But no matter where you stand in the opioid […]
June 20, 2019
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Eternal Rest, in a pill: The Dangers of Sleeping Pill Abuse

There is nothing like the chaos of addiction to spur the longing for peace and rest, the kind that knocks you out and puts you out of your misery for a night. But what about when a night’s rest turns into eternal rest. Sleeping pill overdoses are on the rise amongst addicts, often unintentionally. Why are so many addicts and […]
June 10, 2019
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The Power of the Mind: An exploration of Psychological Dependence

We know that physical dependence can be very painful and require special detox assistance. We can identify, with observation, the symptoms and measurable affects of both physical addiction and psychological dependence. Though there are distinctions that we consider exclusively physical or psychological, the reality is that there is a symbiotic relationship between physical and psychological dependence. Can you really isolate […]
May 30, 2019
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Purple Drank Haze: The Lean Drink Craze

Purple Drank will “ Knock you out, make you fall asleep when you’re on them wheels ain’t no doubt…” These are a few lyrics from the song “Sippin on sizzurp” by Three 6 Mafia, with over 9 million views on youtube. It is one of many instances in pop culture bringing this new craze into the forefront of entertainment media. […]