Giving Thanks for Recovery

Giving thanks, staying thankful, and being grateful. We often hear such phrases this time of year. On Thursday, November 22nd, the United States celebrated the holiday of Thanksgiving. This holiday acknowledges that the Pilgrims, people who settled in what is now the U.S. region of New England in the 1620s, initially faced some tough times but survived them. There’s some …

Meth, Jail, and Hope

Many people are arrested and go to jail because of drugs. But, why do they go to jail? What happens after they leave prison? The state of Michigan’s Kalamazoo County has experienced a surge in arrests relating to meth (methamphetamine). In October, 2018, Kalamazoo County sheriff Richard Fuller said that his county’s jail had 100 more people than it did …

Reversing the Effects of Drug Addiction and Overdoses

  As dangerous and serious as drug overdoses are, they don’t have to be deadly. People in California are trying to make drug use safer. The state of California and California cities such as San Francisco are making efforts to do just that. In 2016, the California State Senate and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) founded a grant …

Ben Affleck Enters Rehab: Help and Hope

  It can be difficult to stay sober. Even if you’re rich, famous, and have a wealth of resources at your disposal, you can still struggle with becoming sober and staying that way. Ben Affleck is a case in point. On August 23, 2018, different sources reported that the actor and director was struggling with alcohol abuse and was entering …

Defining Sobriety and Living a Sober Life

  Sobriety is abstaining from drinking all alcohol or using all drugs, right? Yes. And no. That’s because sobriety can mean different things to different people. As with other issues relating to addiction and recovery, there is no definitive meaning of sobriety. One big question is whether people in recovery can drink nonalcoholic beer, wine, or mocktails (drinks that resemble …

Demi Lovato: Her Struggles and Her Triumphs

  On July 24, 2018, singer and actress Demi Lovato was hospitalized after an apparent drug overdose. Whatever the cause of her hospitalization, Lovato deserves compassion, not condemnation. She appears to be the visible face of a problem shared by many. Lovato has been open about her relationship with drugs and alcohol and her other problems. In her 2017 documentary …

Using Breathwork for Recovery

  Just take a deep breath. Breathe in, breathe out. Give yourself a chance to breathe. We even stress the importance of focusing on our breathing while practicing meditation and yoga. We use so many breath-related phrases to make ourselves feel better and calm ourselves down. So, it might not be surprising that people use breathing techniques to help people …

How Do We Talk About Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

  “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”   Many of us have probably heard this quotation since childhood, but it doesn’t make it true. In fact, words can hurt quite a bit, and their impact can linger long after we hear them. Words can hurt us when we’re already feeling hurt and vulnerable, …

Sober Coaches Aid in Recovery

      Just as there are different addictions and different people who struggle with them, there are also different ways to treat these addictions. Some people stay at inpatient rehab facilities to treat their drug or alcohol abuse, while others attend outpatient programs. Others attend in-person or online groups that promote recovery and many people receive individual or group …

4th of July Cookout Ideas

For many, the Fourth of July brings fireworks, visits with friends and family, and outdoor activities. Sometimes, these outdoor activities include cookouts with food and drinks. Sometimes, these drinks include alcohol. This can make holiday-related cookouts a challenge for people in recovery. They might wonder how to spend time with their friends and family in the presence of a substance …