Your Recovery Story: How and Why You Should Share It

According to an article in The New York Times, approximately 21 million Americans suffer from substance abuse, and an average of 175 people a day die from overdose. Despite the growing epidemic, there’s still a culture of silence around addiction and stigma surrounding drug and alcohol abuse. It’s often seen as more of a moral […]

Should You Go Home for the Holidays in Recovery?

Holidays are marketed as a time of joy and togetherness. Everywhere you look, you see images of smiling, laughing families gathered around dining tables and piles of presents — with no sign of family drama, stress or the individual challenges a person may face. But the truth is, not all families celebrate in the same […]

How to Deal With Relapse in the Wake of Disaster

By Martha McLaughlin During a disaster, many urgent tasks demand attention. But for people recovering from addiction, it’s important not to lose sight of recovery tasks as well. Both logistical and stress-related factors may increase the risk of a relapse when disaster happens, whether it’s because local damage blocks access to needed care or because […]

How to Let Go of the Past and Love Yourself in Sobriety

By Jenni Deming Mister Rogers. Just hearing his name conjures up good feelings. You can almost see him putting on his cozy sweater, tying up his sneakers and speaking wisdom with his characteristically calm voice. Now imagine growing up with everyone’s favorite neighbor as your parent or closest friend. You’d have a self-esteem guru by […]

Can Getting Out in Nature Boost Recovery?

By Melissa Riddle Chalos The more advanced our society becomes — the more we become enslaved to our devices — the less time we spend absorbing the fresh air, sunlight and everything else nature has to offer. In the 18th and 19th centuries, physicians seemed to understand these natural elements as essential to health and […]