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International Overdose Awareness Day: Helping to Save Lives

Recoveryas.com will join dozens of organizations in the U.S. and abroad participating in the 2016 International Overdose Awareness Day on Wednesday, August 31. The day honors and remembers those who have lost their lives to an overdose. About International Overdose Awareness Day Wearing silver on International Overdose Day can signify the passing of someone held dear and sends out a message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. It also acknowledges the grief felt…

The Toughest Thing I Learned in Addiction Recovery

One of the most difficult things that a person can learn to do in life, and addiction recovery, is to set boundaries. Whether this is at work, with friends, or with families, the act of setting healthy boundaries can sometimes feel like the end of the world, or at least I know that is how it felt for me. Setting Boundaries in Addiction Recovery For many years I allowed others to dictate the boundaries of…

The Best Thing I Learned in Therapy for Substance Abuse

Contrary to what our minds tell us, feelings are not facts. This a difficult thing to come to terms with because many times when we are stuck in our emotions we cannot see past them and they shade our perception of reality. If we are having positive emotions then this can be a good thing, but when our emotions are negative the implications on our daily lives can be undesirable. This is especially true someone…

5 Go-to Healthy Foods for Addiction Recovery

The path to addiction recovery isn’t always easy and some days, you’ll feel like you’re in survival mode. While it’s normal to crave sugary treats or fast food when you’re having a tough day, recovery is a time when your food choices matter more than ever. Drug and alcohol abuse can wreak havoc on your body: Alcohol abuse can make it difficult for your body to properly break down nutrients, and opiate drugs can cause…

How Drug Addiction Recovery Changes Your Life

Making the decision to start on your path to drug addiction recovery is a huge step. Once you enter a treatment program and begin therapy for substance abuse, you can be sure that your life is about to change in many positive ways. Here are just a few of the changes you can expect when you’re in recovery: 5 Ways Drug Addiction Recovery Changes Your Life 1. Drugs won’t be your main focus anymore Once you…

Sober Spotlight: Chris Bailey Talks From Addiction to Recovery Part 1

When most people are in addiction recovery, they have this new-found sense of purpose. An energy surge, if you will, and they are just ready to take on life to its fullest extent. Whether you feel motivated to take care of everyday things or to try something that you’ve never done before, this new energy means something different to each person in recovery. For Chris Bailey, it meant taking a walk; across the country. After…

The Benefits of Everyday Gratitude in Recovery

We think it’s great to have a holiday weekend dedicated to the idea of being thankful, but there are so many benefits of everyday gratitude in recovery that we can’t just do it one day a year. Though we immediately associate gratitude with Thanksgiving and thus the month of November, an attitude of gratitude is something that can be applied all year long. Here are some benefits of having a daily gratitude practice and some…

How to Choose Who to Spend the Holidays With

“You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends.” This much is true, you cannot choose with whom you share blood. Family, however, are people who care about your well-being, they support you, and they enjoy spending time with you (and visa versa). Whether you have lost family or you have chosen to displace yourself from them, the holidays are always a hard time for those who have braved their lives of addiction…

Ohio Hit Hard by Heroin Crisis

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words, heroin crisis? We bet it’s not the quiet, suburban neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio but for the last five years, this is exactly where a silent epidemic has been brewing. “This is the worst drug epidemic I’ve seen in my lifetime,” Mike DeWine, attorney general of Ohio. “It’s in every single county. It’s in our cities but it’s also in our wealthier suburbs….

The Heartland of Heroin: A Middle American Heroin Epidemic

He was the star quarterback, she was the straight-A student – both with very promising futures. Their parents were both working professionals and as a family they lived a very comfortable life in the upper-middle class suburban neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. Though their upbringing set the groundwork for a life of success, the two youth joined the harrowing statistics and lost their lives to the devastating heroin epidemic that is sweeping the heartland state of…

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