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Rebirth Through Recovery

Springtime is known for the melting of snow with the increasing temperatures and longer days, the abundance of colors with the blossoming of trees and plants, and the multitude of young animals. Surroundings change from a cold dark setting to one filled with birds chirping, the warmth of the sun on your skin, and a…

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Sober Mardi Gras

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras and you are sober, boring right? Wrong. While many of us hear “Mardi Gras” and instantly imagine parades, lots of alcohol, and New Orleans, there are many other things associated with this holiday. Mardi Gras holds many religious, cultural, historical, and culinary aspects that help make the holiday what it is.…

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Prescribing Millennials

Millennials, also sometimes referred to as Generation Y, are categorized by their coming of age at the turn of the millennium. The actual birth years of the millennials vary from 1980-1984 until 2002-2004. As of 2017 the oldest millennials will be 37 and the youngest 13 years old. They grew up with technology and are…

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The Road to Recovery

Starting the recovery process can seem intimidating and unpleasant.Take the time to realize and understand that if you do not start this process you can/will lose those you love the most, lose control, and can possibly lose your freedom by being arrested, and even lose your life. While starting treatment may seem scary, a lot…

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Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness is a state of mind found by focusing on the current moment and calmly accepting and acknowledging the thoughts and feelings without the “right” or “wrong” mentality. It is a therapeutic technique that we all possess but practicing meditation helps you to achieve this state of mind more often and more easily. It is…

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Dating in Recovery

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson You did it. You made it through detox and treatment. Now, the world is your oyster. But, as Alcoholics Anonymous and other programs suggest, you should not partake in any intimate relationships for…

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Baby Boomers & Substance Abuse

After World War II ended millions of men returned home to their waiting sweethearts and started their own families to accompany the vision of the house with the white picket fence and 2.5 kids in the suburbs. 3.4 million babies were born in 1946, 20 percent more than in 1945, more than ever before, kick-starting…