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How To Get Through The First 90 Days

One of the most agreed upon things when it comes to recovery is that the first 90-days are crucial to anyone’s success. This is because one is more prone to relapses during this time. Having to balance home, family, job, friends, and addiction can be a lot

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“Client engagement is the new standard for mental health care.”

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, has an answer. They remind us that people don’t really “connect” with agencies, they connect with people. NAMI stresses that the first minutes of interaction between a service provider and a person seeking care for a mental health condition set

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How Do We Stop the Madness?

The recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida is weighing heavy on my mind, and probably yours too. Ironically, Parkland was voted Florida’s “Safest City” in 2017 by the Washington-based National Council for Home Safety and Security. Obviously, we can never know how safe any community really is.

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5 Tips to prepare for rehabilitation

5 Tips to prepare for rehabilitation

Taking the initiative to enroll in drug rehabilitation is a big step and a scary one for some. From having concerns about withdrawal symptoms to what to expect during the detox process the unknown is a hard place to face. Here are five tips to get one

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Dealing with loneliness of early recovery

The process of sobriety has different tolls on everyone. The decision to stop drinking or consuming drugs is monumental but very challenging. One of those challenges that are universally experienced by people recovering is loneliness. The hardest part about loneliness during one’s recovery is that it can

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7 Qualities to Look For in a Sponsor

  The decision to seek recovery is a life-changing move that will prove to be something worth the hard work that is ahead. Sponsors can be the single greatest resource for those struggling with addiction, but they are not a “one size fits all.” Everyone is different,

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My Loved One Is Getting Out of Rehab – Now What?

Well, the day has finally come that you and your family and/or friends will be welcoming home your loved one from their residential (or otherwise) recovery program. The alcoholic/addict looks terrific and sounds better than ever before. You are hopeful and optimistic about your clean and sober

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10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Addiction Relapses

The holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry. But what if you’re a recovering addict? The season for cocktails, parties, and good times can be a tough one to navigate. “The holidays are a stressful time, and many people find that using a substance

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The Connection Between Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

  Mental health is all too common amongst those who are dealing with substance aduse. Many people believe that substances are the cause of mental health issues, but this is not entirely true. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA, 8.9 million people in the

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How Allen House Saved A Life

When Ken first arrived at the Allen House, he was partially clothed, wearing shoes without soles, and rocking back and forth as, in his words, he “talked to Jesus.” At the time, Ken was generally unaware of his mental illness and relied on meth, marijuana, and alcohol

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