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I read every obituary I could find about the passing of my friend, Tom Hayden. Heaps of praise were lavished upon this true hero...
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The Numbers Keep Getting Worse recently reported that there were 52,404 deaths from drug overdoses in 2015. A separate report in the Washington Post noted that an estimated...
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The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had

Sometimes what seems like bad luck can save you from ruining your life, or even start you on the path to recovery. That was...
Affirmations that work for drug addicts and abusers

Affirmations That Really Work

The Power of Affirmations One of the many-faceted tools utilized in addiction treatment is the basic affirmation, yet all too often it is taken for...
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Feel Your Best

Did you know that heat affects our mood? With the increase in summer temperatures, we may experience trouble sleeping, dehydration and general hotheadedness. Studies...
the elusive art of communication for drug and alcohol addicts

The Elusive Art of Communication

Communication is essential to treatment. It’s the lack of honest communication that is frequently one of the biggest stumbling blocks in reaching and maintaining...
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The Science of Addiction

Wouldn’t it be great if we discovered a magic potion to put an end to the pain and suffering of addiction once and for...

Orange Is Not the New Black

I have struggled with a gambling addiction for over 20 years. My first Twelve Step meeting was in the fall of 1996. I loved...
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Career Constellations

Early in my recovery journey, holding down a job was an epic achievement, equal to caring for a houseplant or keeping my house clean....
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