12-Step Series: 12-Step Programs Are Not All AA

12-Step Series: 12-Step Programs Are Not All AA

The media tends to portray 12-Step programs as being only Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). This is due to AA’s longstanding, significant history and popularity among celebrities struggling with addiction. However, there are many other forms of 12-Step programs.  12-Step programs operate by harnessing a shared experience of problems and solutions. It uses the positive power of […]

Deduction Waiving of Insurance Policies

Deduction Waiving of Insurance Policies

America’s opioid crisis is snowballing. Ever since the late 1990s, when pharmaceutical companies misled doctors, patients, and the general public into believing prescription opioid pain relievers weren’t addictive, society hasn’t been the same. As a result, millions of Americans are now addicted to opioids. Opioids’ grip on human lives isn’t the only area of American […]

Ills of The Recovery Industry: Body Brokering

Ills of The Recovery Industry: Body Brokering

America’s opioid addiction is still an issue.  In 2019, nearly 50,000 people in the United States died from opioid-involved overdoses. This past December, The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill to prevent opioid addiction, overdoses, and deaths in rural communities. Additionally, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there […]

What Music Can Do for Your Recovery?

What Music Can Do for Your Recovery?

Whether you’re an academic or casual listener, a fan of pop, or love to get down to some country, music is one of the few things on earth where there’s truly something for everyone. Music scores our lives, forges memories and can reach us in ways no other entity on earth can. Who hasn’t belted […]

3 Things to Consider When Picking a Rehab Center

3 Things to Consider When Picking a Rehab Center

Deciding to take that first step toward recovery and even recognizing oneself as someone with a substance use disorder is a brave, bold move that, from the onset, deserves applause. With that being said, picking a rehab facility might be an unexpected task as you embark upon this process. While the conversation surrounding rehab and […]

Reducing Stigmas Surrounding the 12-Step Philosophy

Reducing Stigmas Surrounding the 12-Step Philosophy

“You’re weak — why can’t you figure it out on your own?”  “You must be a bible thumper and a Jesus freak.” “What’s a sponsor? Some type of chaperone?” “Do you get up and stand in front of everyone and say: ‘Hi, my name is,’ like they do in the movies?”  Despite one in ten […]

Substance Abuse and Memory Loss: How to Move Forward

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Even a single instance of substance misuse can lead to potential memory loss or other cognitive impairments. The Western Journal of Medicine reported that substance use disorders (SUDs) involving drugs like ecstasy can cause “altered cerebral function and behavioral change, [ranging] from neuroendocrine impairments to deficits in verbal memory and reasoning, short-term memory and semantic recognition, and visual memory.”  […]

The Effects of Touch Deprivation and Isolation

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Human beings are social creatures. You cope with life’s ups and downs best when you have a strong support system to lean on. The covid pandemic has highlighted multiple adverse health effects of isolation and loneliness.  According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), one in five Americans reported feeling isolated or lonely in a recent […]

Imposter Syndrome and Improving Your Self-Confidence

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“I am not a writer. I’ve been fooling myself and other people.” —Pulitzer Prize winner John Steinbeck According to the Journal of General Internal Medicine, “impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome, perceived fraudulence, or impostor experience) describes high-achieving individuals who, despite their objective successes, fail to internalize their accomplishments and have persistent self-doubt and […]

Navigating Recovery While Coming Out

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You may have recently come to accept that you identify as LGBTQIA+ or maybe you have known for years but finally feel comfortable disclosing this information to your close friends and family. Regardless of the motivation, talking with loved ones about your sexual orientation or gender identity can cause anxiety and emotional distress. You may […]