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How to Get Back on Track After Tough Times 

Life during addiction can feel a bit like a train wreck. You’re moving along just fine, enjoying life’s splendid views, when suddenly everything goes off the rails. Addiction can wreck relationships, leave your finances in ruin, and deteriorate your health. Luckily, it’s always possible to turn things around. Addiction recovery is all about putting those…

May 2, 2022
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Dana’s Story

1999 was the first holiday season I had without my dad. In June of that year, he passed due to complications from cirrhosis. Ten years later, was the first holiday without my little brother, who overdosed in 2009. The holidays for me, and for many people, can be tough. There is a difference between being…

December 24, 2021
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Breaking the Cycle of Addiction: Tips for Those on the Road to Recovery

Addiction is a far-reaching epidemic and impacts the lives of millions of people. According to the most recent data, 19.7 million Americans battled substance abuse in 2017. Based on recurring reports in the media, that trend continues to climb, particularly because of widespread opiate abuse. Unfortunately, a substance abuse disorder impacts not only the individual…

December 20, 2021
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Staying Afloat While Staying on Track During Recovery

Seeking help is the first step to getting better. But as you know, the bills don’t stop coming while you’re in recovery. Learn how you can provide for yourself while you pursue a full-time job opportunity and continue on the path to wellness. Treat Job Hunting Like a Job The process of getting a job…

November 27, 2021
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On Queerness and Mental Health

“Ew,” she says, and covers her eyes, “Look away!” My friend and I are watching a horror movie, and we have just seen two men kiss on screen for half a second. She scrunches up her face. “That was the worst part,” she tells me, despite this movie’s many gruesome scenes. Her grandma nods in…

July 16, 2021
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Treat Your Loved One in Recovery with a Just-Because Gift of Health and Wellness
When searching for a gift for someone who is in recovery for addiction, the best gift you can give is something that helps them get stronger and healthier - both mentally and physically. Addiction recovery is an ongoing process, and the best way you can support them is to help them continue on a healthier...
April 9, 2021
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Finding Your Why
Finding your WHY I recently facilitated an anxiety support group and shared a video. It featured motivational speakers, albeit talking loudly, trying to inspire people to fight through the pain we all have to find their WHY-their reason for staying focused and pushing through toward their end goal. I gave the example before showing the...
March 27, 2021
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Self-Employment and Mental Illness: Can They Be Compatible?
If you have depression or PTSD, working for yourself may sound like an escape from the stress of an office. But if you're not careful, self-employment can be catastrophic for your mental health. Running a successful business without sacrificing mental wellness means being organized, disciplined, and mindful in your approach. On one hand, self-employment means...
March 3, 2021
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It took 793 days!
Today, I am here to celebrate my win with you all. I am a bit nervous while typing this blog because it’s unbelievable what happened last night. You know that feeling when you fight so hard that your only mission is to win, but when you finally win you feel numb, like ‘is this for real’....
February 24, 2021
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Remembering to Have a Plan

Planning is essential to my recovery. Planning entails deciding in advance what will happen. Planning has the amazing benefit of giving you control over your life. Having control over your life is essential to feeling happy and fulfilled. In my experience, planning is so essential to recovery that it is important to always have a…

January 7, 2021
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