The Not So “Sweet” Side of Excess Sugar Consumption

Excess Sugar Consumption: Drug-like Cravings and Response Most of us know by now that too much sugar in our diets is bad for us. But often that knowledge alone doesn’t do much to diminish our proverbial “sweet tooth.”  We may … Continue reading

New Alliance Addressing Powerful Link between Depression and Addiction

As Mental Health Month continues to unfold throughout May, many organizations are taking much-needed action to better address the deeply connected issues of mental health and addiction. We are thrilled to see these organizations taking action, and have posted previously … Continue reading

When Does Coping Go Self-Destructive? Trauma and the Pattern of Addiction: Part 2

    Read the first part here: When Does Coping Go Self-Destructive? Trauma and the Pattern of Addiction     What is the Nature of the Connection? Trauma is often defined as an intense stressor that causes physical or emotional … Continue reading

When Does Coping Go Self-Destructive? Trauma and the Pattern of Addiction: Part 1

When Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobby Kristina Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub last year due to complications from an apparent drug overdose, she chillingly recreated – almost to a “T” – the last scene in her mother’s often troubled life. … Continue reading

May is Mental Health Month

More than 43 million adults in America and one in 25 young people suffer from a mental health disorder every year. The challenges they face range from relatively common, though still disruptive, issues such as depression and anxiety to severe … Continue reading

Sushi Session – Creativity with Food

The possibilities for creativity with food are endless. Here are some pictures from our last cooking class. We made sushi. Creating something this elaborate can be challenging, empowering and fun, especially when you get to do it all together. I … Continue reading

May 2-6 is Recovery Advocacy Action Week 2016

The only thing that might be deemed “selfish” about a program of recovery is a clear commitment on the part of the person who suffers from addiction to do whatever they need to do to stay sober one day at … Continue reading

Alcohol Awareness: Some Tips for Parents and Families about Underage Drinking

As April draws to a close, so does Alcohol Awareness Month which, since 1987, has been sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to help educate the public about the dangers of alcohol abuse and addiction … Continue reading

Establishing New Habits in Recovery: The Paper Clip Strategy (Pt. 2)

Read: Establishing New Habits in Recovery: The Paper Clip Strategy (Pt. 1) Tips to Implement the Paper Clip Strategy Get a standard box of paper clips and two containers (they can be anything that will hold and visually display the clips – … Continue reading

Establishing New Habits in Recovery: The Paper Clip Strategy (Pt. 1)

Habits can be hard to break, and that can be a good thing…if they’re the right kinds of habits. Good habits can be affirming and set a positive tone, bad habits can be self-sabotaging and sink the ship. In early recovery, there … Continue reading