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. […]
May 20, 2019
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Relapse Does Not Equal Failure

Let me start with my favorite place to start with almost every subject: Everything in the universe is made up of energy, even thoughts. Thoughts, when speedily moving in autopilot neural networks, build up momentum for a person, which they often lead to actions. In the case of the addict (or alcoholic), the energy of thought patterns could be described […]
May 8, 2019
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Finding New Connections: The Importance of Community in Recovery

People, people, people… people everywhere. We love them, we judge them, we want to be close to them, and we want solitude and respite from them. Many of us acknowledge a certain intrinsic connection to these others- our human family; our fellow members of a diverse, and often perplexing, species. We bring out similarities in each other, and differences of […]
April 29, 2019
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What to Expect When Getting Clean and Sober: Drug Symptoms and Detox Timelines

Many of us, in recovery, as well as friends and family of recovering folks, have heard or said these sentiments: “will I ever be normal again?” I think what we mean is will I ever feel able to cope with life on life terms, hold a job, think rationally, be a positive contributing member of society…etc.,etc. And with great confidence, […]
April 19, 2019
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Acceptance is a Key: How to Tame the Desperate Longing for More

Some say addiction is a societal disease- tied to the act of endless consumption; never enough; more, more, more. Emily Fletcher, the founder of Ziva Meditation, talks about it as the “I’ll be happy when..” Syndrome; This notion that if I could just get more I would find Nirvana… or at least a better feeling. And for addicts and alcoholics, […]
April 6, 2019
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Soul food: The Healing Power of Music

Music makes the people come together…And apparently, it also makes more effective brain structure and functioning come together as well. Many inspired thinkers have testified to the incredible power of music. Plato said: Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. How many times has a particular song summed […]
March 25, 2019
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the recovery table – an interview with recovery coach, mary davis (conducted by bonnie wood)

Mary is a recovery coach with a private practice in Asheville, NC. She is presently working towards her certification as a substance abuse counselor, facilitating DWI groups for Second Spring Counseling, and offering life skill classes to local sober homes, including Oasis Recovery, in order to help clients transition back into society after treatment. We recently got to sit down […]
March 25, 2019
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Three Different Avenues Of Support: Php, Iop, And Extended Care Sober Living

With the rise of addiction and alcoholism across the globe and the precarious nature of new found sobriety, it is apparent that one cannot have too much support in this endeavor. And yet many factors affect an individual’s commitment to various levels of care: the amount of freedom to follow opportunities that arise, how much medical assistance, both psychologically and […]