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Man dealing with unresolved grief and substance use

Unresolved Grief and Substance Abuse Are Connected

If you’ve found your way here to this article, the odds are that you’re in a tough place right now. No matter if it’s with unresolved grief or substance abuse, you are not alone. Maybe you, or a loved one, are overwhelmed with grief. So overwhelmed that you find yourself coping with a glass of wine, …

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Sad woman with anxiety and substance use

You Have Anxiety and Substance Use Is Making It Worse

Spend just a little bit of time with the realities of our world today and, if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself brimming with tension. It may your anxiety skyrocket. And it may make you want to turn to substance use. I’m talking about the tension between yourself and another person, the weight of important decisions, …

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Woman on steps represents 12-step treatment approach

Learning From the 12-Step Treatment Approach

When we hear about someone “working the 12 steps,” our minds go to recovery. After all, the 12-step treatment approach was developed to help people all over the world reach sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous.  You may have a close friend or loved one progressing through the 12-step treatment approach right now. If so, you probably …

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Friend worried for friend in recovery

3 Helpful Things to Say to Friends in Recovery

When your friend in recovery is going through addiction therapy, there’s no doubt your heartaches with a desire to help—to ease burdens, soothe the mind and comfort the soul.  And in your best of intentions, you’re probably looking for just the right words to say. So let’s talk for a moment about how the words …

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Man dealing with shame in addiction recovery

Dealing With Shame in Addiction Recovery

Would all the humans please stand up? How about those dealing with shame in addiction recovery? How can we work to overcome the guilt and shame that comes with recovery?   Okay, if you’re standing and reading this article, you probably know what it’s like to deal with shame. That’s because we all have at …

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Line of first responders represent careers at risk for addiction

3 Careers at Risk for Addiction

Are Our First Responders at Risk for Addiction? Firefighters, police officers and paramedics share two major job components: each is a hero of the community, and all face inherent danger on a daily basis. These pressures can make first their careers high risk for addiction.   You can imagine those dangers, right? Burns, smoke inhalation, gun …

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Woman at the harbor ready for setting boundaries in addiction recovery

Setting Boundaries in Addiction Recovery

A Few Simple Things to Know About Setting Boundaries in Addiction Recovery   Before we get started on setting boundaries in addiction recovery, take a moment to gather a few supplies:  A blank sheet of paper A pencil A toddler  A few crayons (If you don’t have a toddler handy, your imagination should do the …

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Illustration of woman that depicts the struggle of addiction as a chronic brain disorder

Is Your Addiction a Chronic Brain Disorder?

Diabetes, a broken arm, a heart attack—these are all widely recognized as medical conditions. But what about a chronic brain disorder? How does it relate to addiction?  In some cases, the patient may have even contributed to the onset. Right? And yet . . .  A sedentary woman diagnosed with type 2 diabetes receives understanding, …

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Woman talking to doctor about options other than prescription opioids

“No Prescription Opioids, Please.”

Recovery offers a beautiful opportunity to view each day for all of the potentials it holds.  And yet. Sober individuals live the same ol’ adulting life as the rest of the world:  We have to work and keep a job.  Have to prioritize relationships.  We must take care of your body.  And it’s that last …

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First responders struggling with addiction and the risk factors for substance use disorder

To Our First Responders Battling Addiction: There’s Hope for You

If you work as a first responder, I’d like to start by saying thank you. Secondly, if you are one of the millions of first responders battling addiction, I want to tell you, there is hope.  We all owe a great debt of gratitude to our local emergency medical technicians, firefighters and police officers. You …

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