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 […]

How America Is Fighting the Drug Crisis and Why It Isn’t Working

By Wesley H. Gallagher In 1971, President Richard Nixon officially declared war on drugs. This war would be fought with law and order, as the government dramatically increased resources devoted to criminal prohibition of drug use and sales. Between 1980 and 2003, the population of drug offenders in the state prison system grew twelvefold.1 Despite […]

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 […]

Should You Give Up on a Family Member Who Keeps Relapsing?

By Wesley Gallagher Loving someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is hard — in fact, it may be the hardest thing you ever deal with. It can be heart-wrenching to watch a person you love continue to harm themselves and others through a continuing addiction, so the day they enter rehab may seem […]