Things Don’t Have to Be Good for Us to Be Great

I have lived in Santa Barbara, California for 40 years. During that time, I have experienced earthquakes and fires, but until this past month I had not experienced living in a war zone of fire, ash and profound uncertainty. The consequence to the spirit is a reminder that we are not in charge, that life […]

7 Drug-Free Ways to Manage Anxiety

By Becca Owens For many people, anxiety can feel like a crippling hindrance to a normal and happy life. In fact, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults nationwide each year — just over 18 percent of the adult population.1 If you struggle with anxiety, finding relief through benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, Klonopin or Ativan can […]

Fighting Loneliness to Avoid Relapse and Find the Best You

By Becca Owens Many people who choose to get help for addiction come home to a celebration from friends and loved ones. But returning to normal life can cause a certain loneliness to set in. While everyone around you continues on with their own routines, you’re living life in a whole new way. The early […]

8 Ways to Support a Family Affected by Addiction

By Stephanie Thomas We’re all quick to recognize the burdens of others, especially those that can’t be helped. A cancer diagnosis, major surgery, even the inevitable exhaustion of a newborn all warrant a loving and actionable response. And so we call, we visit, we follow up. When it comes to loving the families of those […]

Kratom: Healing Plant or Harmful Drug?

By Wesley Gallagher With the opioid epidemic at crisis levels, officials are on high alert for new drugs showing up on the market. Substances like fentanyl have surfaced with devastating consequences as drug users seek new and different ways to fulfill their needs and desires. One substance, called kratom, is actually a centuries-old substance that […]