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10 Fun and Sober Things To Do For Halloween

I was in a store the other day and I noticed that Halloween costumes were already put out on the shelf. In full disclosure, as a kid, Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays, behind Christmas of course, and so seeing the costumes brought back fond memories of walking through the cool October night, going door to door to get as much candy as my pillow case could handle. This year will be the…

Effects of Substance Abuse on Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

Substance abuse can ruin your life. You get it. But, are you aware of what it does to your body? Drugs are chemicals, and depending on their structure, can affect your body in different ways. Some drugs can permanently change your body–long after you’ve stopped taking them. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) points out that drug addiction is a brain disease. Drugs affect your gene expression and brain circuitry. This change affects your ability…

10 Things That Happened in Addiction Recovery This Week

Seattle’s plans for heroin injection sites, the latest celebrity recovery news, and addiction training for first responders all in this week’s addiction recovery weekly roundup. 1. When you think about heroin, safety is not usually something that you associate with it. Officials in Seattle want to make it safer by implementing supervised heroin injection clinics around the cities and suburbs alike. Only two other such clinics exist (both are in Canada) and they’ve seen some pretty compelling…

5 Authentic Ways I Stay Motivated in My Addiction Recovery

There have been times in my sobriety when I have found it difficult to muster up the willingness necessary to do what was expected of me. This may mean that I start to slack on my meetings, I don’t call my sponsor or support group as much, or I start to place other things in my life above my sobriety. Regardless of where my motivation is lacking the result is usually me being discontent until…

Seeking Help: Choosing an Addiction Treatment Program

If you think you (or someone you care about) need help with either drug or alcohol addiction, it’s important to know what your addiction treatment options are. Start with this short yet helpful guide on what you need to know before you choose an addiction treatment program. Anyone can become addicted to alcohol or drugs. Fortunately, scientific advances have helped us better understand the impact of these substances on the brain’s chemistry, and research has…

How One NJ Cop is Busting the Stigma of Addiction

The lack of addiction education in our country at the moment is startling and with everyone quick to give their opinion on the controversial subject that addiction has been in the past year, it’s more important than ever before that we educate the general public on what addiction really is and what we can do to help. It’s something that Officer Thomas McWain of the West Deptford Township Police Department has decided to take into…

Party Safe and Sober with Party.0

Drinking alcohol or experimenting with drugs has become synonymous with the higher education experience. In fact, 60 percent of college students between the ages 18 and 22 stated that they drank in the past 30 days, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It’s been almost like a right of passage for decades now and it’s something that Jake White of Party.0 plans to change. We had the chance to catch up…

Alcohol Addiction and the Path To Treatment and Recovery

Alcohol addiction, or alcohol dependence, is a disorder in which an individual is addicted to alcohol either physically or mentally, and continues to use alcohol despite their own dysfunction and the negative consequences of their drinking. It’s not always obvious to those who are drinking that they have crossed a line from being moderate social drinkers to becoming problem drinkers. Substance abuse experts at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NCADD, make a…

Exploring the Links Between 9/11, PTSD, and Addiction

If you look up the death count for the 9/11 tragedy, you’ll find that close to 3,000 people were killed. If you look a little closer, you’ll realize that it’s not that simple. The impact of the events that occurred that day had a ripple effect that still affects many people to this day. Following any traumatic event, some survivors are plagued with mental health problems that sometimes end in death. When it comes to…

5 Things I’ve Learned From Working in Addiction Treatment

I spend 40 hours a week reading, writing, and producing content for addiction treatment facilities. I’ve been doing it for almost a year and I love it but to say it was an unexpected turn in my career would be a huge understatement. I started my writing career in the fashion and lifestyle realm of the internet, first writing about fashion designers and shows eventually leading me to lifestyle topics like eco-fashion, consumerism,  sustainability, as…

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