Prescription Drug Abuse: An Ever-growing Problem

The stats on prescription painkiller abuse in the US are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), each day, 46 people die from an overdose of prescription painkillers just in the US. Meanwhile, unintentional overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers have quadrupled since 1999, outnumbering those involving heroin and cocaine by […]

Mind Over Matter

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you can dream it, you can become it. Don’t worry, be happy. We’ve all heard these inspirational sayings meant to spur us on to bigger and better things or help us hold on when we feel like we’re at the end of rope. They may work for […]

No Shame in Shouting for Help

I wake early, sometimes very early. I have been in this habit since I was a kid. When I asked my mom in her later years if she remembers me doing this as a child, she said, “Oh yeah.” And when I asked her why she thought I did this, she answered, “You were always […]

Black Bear Rebirth

Every story has a beginning. The triumph of every story is still being written. What we see in life often reflects what we choose to see. And while it is easy to see the beauty surrounding Black Bear Lodge, it is also easy to be blinded by the beauty and miss this message in the […]

Black Bear Spirit Guide

Every story has a beginning. The triumph of your story is still being written. In each of our lives there are moments when we feel alone, hurt, and lost. If the staggering burden and isolation of addiction meets you for your morning coffee, burns into you at high noon or tucks you in at night, […]