• Recovery Tip: Don’t Forget You’re the Bomb!

    Feeling good about who you today is a great recovery boost.

    Feeling good about who you today is a great recovery boost.

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    Feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem often go hand in hand with chemical dependency. That was me seven years ago, when after a painful break-up, I decided to drink with reckless abandon. Alcohol (I thought) offered a temporary reprieve and an escape from what I considered at the time, a miserable life. Of course, my […]

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  • Real Life: Sober, Exonerated and Out of Prison

    What happens when we finally get clean and real life comes knocking?

    What happens when we finally get clean and real life comes knocking?

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    We’ve all read about the difficulties ex-convicts face once they’re released from prison, but what is life like post-prison for the wrongly convicted – those who’ve spent years behind bars for a crime they didn’t commit? Are they accepted back into society or shunned like the rest of us who’ve served time? Free and Clear? […]

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  • Ice Breakers: How to Talk to an Addicted Friend

    What's the best way to reach out to a friend who's struggling with addiction?

    What's the best way to reach out to a friend who's struggling with addiction?

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    Stephanie knew Emily was in trouble. Stephanie recognized all the signs. She knew Emily was going down a dark path – the same dark path Stephanie had traveled three years ago. She knew it was time to confront Emily about her addiction. Steph decided the best approach was a vulnerable one. She didn’t want Emily […]

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  • Are Drug Monitoring Programs Really Working?

    Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs are designed to prevent addiction.

    Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs are designed to prevent addiction.

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    In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids. This number is up 16 percent from the previous year. In response to this growing epidemic, 49 states have instituted Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). PDMPs are statewide electronic databases that track the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. Pharmacy personnel enter patient and drug […]

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  • I Won’t Let You Take Me Down With the Ship

    Learning to set guidelines and boundaries is easier than you might think.

    Learning to set guidelines and boundaries is easier than you might think.

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    When I got out of prison three years ago, life was nothing like I’d expected. I had to learn how to deal with my “felon” label and adjust to life on probation. What made the situation even worse was my less-than-ideal living situation. My boyfriend and I moved in together after my release. He’d stayed […]

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Real Life: Sober, Exonerated and Out of Prison

What happens when we finally get clean and real life comes knocking?

We’ve all read about the difficulties ex-convicts face once they’re released from prison, but what is life like post-prison for the wrongly convicted – those who’ve spent years behind bars for a crime they didn’t commit? Are they accepted back into society or shunned like the rest of us who’ve served time? Free and Clear? […]

Are Drug Monitoring Programs Really Working?

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs are designed to prevent addiction.

In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids. This number is up 16 percent from the previous year. In response to this growing epidemic, 49 states have instituted Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). PDMPs are statewide electronic databases that track the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. Pharmacy personnel enter patient and drug […]

5 Things to Say to Someone Battling Mental Illness

Knowing how to talk to your loved one can make a world of difference.

What do you say to someone suffering from mental illness? All too often, it’s the wrong thing. Our well-meaning comments end up hurting, rather than helping. Finding the Right Words If you find yourself faced with this dilemma, there’s no need to put your foot in your mouth. Here’s a list of supportive things to […]

The Danger of Holding Onto a Victim Mentality

There's no personal power or growth in being a perpetual victim.

Contrary to what people think, prisoners (for the most part) are decent people. Although they’ve broken the law, I discovered that many are victims themselves. Some are victims of abuse or rape, while others are simply victims of poor parenting – the list goes on and on. Interestingly enough, some use a traumatic past as […]

5 Things Not to Say If a Loved One’s Mentally Struggling

When struggling with mental health issues, people need support.

My youngest sister has struggled with crippling anxiety and depression her whole life, and my family finds it hard to empathize and understand exactly what she’s going through. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned along her journey, it’s the importance of being mindful about what is said. We’ve made plenty of mistakes and adhered […]

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