Last week I was lucky enough to celebrate with my mom for her sixth sober anniversary. She has always been open about her recovery in hopes to help others through their own sober journey. Since she's such an inspiration to me and many others I thought why not spread the love.
When I think about compassion and its transformative power, I can't help but think of the abundance of compassion bubbling up out of the millions of people in long-term recovery from addiction challenges.
Recovery Road is a long overdue show that will finally give faces and voices -- and a primetime slot -- to the struggles of millions of Americans whose story is too seldom told, but too often told through the lens of stigma, shame, embarrassment and otherness.
Just as one-stop shopping behemoths such as Walmart and Amazon are fulfilling the retail needs of America's consumers, larger churches are increasingly meeting the spiritual needs of America's faithful.
When I was growing up, I never had a problem with alcohol or illegal substances. My outlet for dealing with stress and anxiety was always food. Luckil...
We, like many of our constituents, have seen firsthand how this tragic epidemic has affected our own friends and loved ones, and by sharing their stories we hope to put a face to the addiction crisis.
In light of every single tragedy and experience, rises a heightened awareness and empowerment. It amazes me how resilient humans are. I have seen many, like myself, rise from the ashes of their tragedy, and become a pillars of hope -- advocates for change.
It is about being 21 years old and knowing that something HAD to change. And quick. It is about being 21 years old and having had too many close calls. It is about being too old for those short years.
While numerous states have been vocal about the importance of MAT, many others have stayed silent. How can these states stand by while everyday many of their residents die from addiction? Just like victims of any other disease, people with addiction deserve the resources -- including medications -- that are necessary to help manage their illness and restore them to good health.
I reside in a California beach community that is frequented by tourists. Visitors are attracted to the laid-back surfer vibe and eclectic culture, but are generally unprepared for the visible homeless population of primarily young adults.
Great strides have been made in bringing the shame of addiction out of the shadows and getting America and the world to believe in recovery. However, ...
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In our formative stages, we human beings lived in an aboriginal state of tune with the horrors and favors, beauty and beasts of nature. The evolution of our brain and its attendant senses allowed us to survive, helped us to thrive, and finally potentiated our transformation into the dominant predator on the planet.
Everything fits together like a puzzle now. Sobriety has shown me that alcohol was just one symptom of my disease of "more." Today I'm grateful for my struggle with drugs and alcohol because it pushed me to my breaking point. This allowed me to find recovery.
Recovery is exciting, empowering, and essential. The movement that's happening nationwide attracts more support every day. 2016 truly could be a turning point for the recovery movement as momentum builds from 2015 and our country turns its attention towards the next presidential election.
But I'm right! He should have called when he said he would! She shouldn't have partied in Las Vegas with her girlfriends then come home too tired to...