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Your Heart on Drugs

If you’re in recovery from a substance use disorder, your heart is likely saying thank you right about now. That’s because alcohol as well as the majority of illegal drugs can have an adverse impact on your heart health, ranging from irregular heart rate...

Another Opioid Scourge: Infection-Related Strokes

Experts warn of yet another danger of opioids: the risk of infection-related stroke. According to reports from the annual meeting of the American Stroke Association, the rate of hospitalization for stroke rose 20 percent in the last 10 years. And it’s no coincidence that...

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Using Aromatherapy in Addiction Recovery

Essential oils are certainly not a cure-all elixir for people in recovery from a substance use disorder, but it might not hurt to add them to your daily routine along with a reputable addiction treatment program. Holistic therapy has become an important part of many...

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Addiction: How Women Differ From Men

Thanks to a growing body of research, we now know that addiction and addiction recovery is different for men and women alike. In fact, women face some unique challenges including having a harder time quitting and a greater chance at relapse. Differences between women and...

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For Family: Spotting the Signs of Mental Illness

Mental illness and substance use disorder often go hand in hand – in fact, there’s even a name for it: co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 8 million people in the U.S. experience both a mental disorder...

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Celebrate the New Year: Have Fun, Stay Sober

Attending a New Year’s Eve party tonight is a surefire way to challenge your sobriety. Especially if you’re new to recovery, you may consider finding a sober alternative or plan your own celebration with a few, close trusted friends or family members. It's not...

The Best We Can

This weekend my husband, Jonathan, and I, traveled to the Northeast, Boston and then New Hampshire to do a little work, relax and reconnect a bit with some BRC alumni, and speak at a Big Book Workshop for our friends at Granite Recovery Center....

Keeping Your Recovery Strong This Winter

The winter is a wonderful time of year and yet it’s also a time where stress, cold and flu and temptations can put your health and your recovery at risk. Here’s help: Safeguard against stress. Chronic stress can drain your immune system and increase...

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Steps to Overcome Self-Doubt 

If you’re not careful, self-doubt can sabotage your recovery. To the rescue: These steps can help boost your confidence, tame your inner critic and make you feel good about you and your new sober life. Write yourself an uplifting note. We’ve all had someone give...

#GivingTuesday: Create Miracles

10.9% - that is the percentage of addicted individuals in the United States who receive specialized treatment for substance abuse disorders. Only 10.9! That leaves a whopping 89.1% of addicted individuals stuck in the vicious cycle, wondering if that demoralizing and shameful quality of...

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Tips for Surviving Mental Relapse

During recovery, it’s pretty common to think about using again – or mentally relapsing – but it can be a slippery slope if these thoughts aren’t fleeting. If you remain in a mental relapse for too long, you may find yourself battling intense cravings,...

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