Demi Lovato: Snapshot of Recovery
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by Timothy Esteves
4y ago
Singing the national anthem at the NFL Championship game is considered a great honor, even if it can be rather unforgiving in terms of criticism. This year the honor was given to Demi Lovato, singer, pop-culture icon, mental health activist, and, perhaps most notably, a person in recovery for substance abuse. Of Singing and Substance Abuse It appears as though the media and the public have had a positive reaction to Lovato’s singing of the national anthem. Her release of a new single, “Anyone,” a few weeks earlier have marked a sort of career revival for Lovato. This is significant, considerin ..read more
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Victims of the Opioid Crisis
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by Natalie Baker
4y ago
As you probably know by now, we are in the midst of an opioid crisis.  Experts have estimated 10.3 million Americans aged 12 and older misused opioids last year, including 9.9 million prescription pain reliever abusers and 808,000 heroin users.  Additionally, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has reported that more than 130 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses in 2016 and 2017. Unfortunately, my friend’s younger brother falls into these sobering statistics.  A star football player in college, he went on to be a successful engineer in his twenties and early ..read more
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Gratitude in the New Year
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by Natalie Baker
4y ago
Years ago, I seemed to have it all from the outside looking in: a great career, a handsome boyfriend, a large circle of friends.  But, nothing I had was ever good enough for me and I constantly wanted more, making myself miserable through comparisons with friends as to what they had that I didn’t.   It’s no surprise, then, that one night – when I was feeling sorry for myself – I drank too much and got behind the wheel, injuring two people on my way home. With that one decision, my world turned upside down, and everything I had – including my freedom – disappeared.  But hitting rock bottom forc ..read more
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Tips for Battling Relapse Over the Holidays
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by Natalie Baker
4y ago
We are in the thick of the holiday season, and while this should be a joyful and celebratory time, it can be challenging for those of us trying to maintain our sobriety.  But, dealing with an addiction doesn’t have to ruin your holiday fun.  We’ve come up with seven tips to help keep you on the right track all the way through New Year’s Day. Play the Tape All the Way Through. More than likely, alcohol will be present in some form if you attend any holiday parties.  So, in the event you’re hit with an unexpected craving, pause for a second and play the scenario out in your head.  Remember all t ..read more
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New Study Finds Secondhand Harms of Drinking Affect 1 in 5 Adults
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by Natalie Baker
5y ago
Drinking to excess doesn’t just affect the person doing it.  Just ask me, a convicted drunk driver. In 2009, I crashed into a car waiting at a stoplight after leaving a happy hour, causing serious injury to two of its passengers. My decision to get behind the wheel after having too many glasses of wine had far-reaching effects, not only for myself, but also for the innocent families I’d hurt. The Secondhand Harms of Drinking… Unfortunately, the people I’d injured weren’t the only ones to experience the harms of someone else’s drinking. According to a recent study in the Journal of Studies on A ..read more
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Observing Recovery Month in September
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by Natalie Baker
5y ago
This month is Recovery Month.  Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Recovery Month aims to increase awareness of mental health and substance abuse issues nationwide every September, as well as celebrate the millions of Americans who are in recovery. 2019 Recovery Theme The 2019 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger,” emphasizes the need to share resources and build networks across the country to support recovery.  From community members to first responders, emerging leaders to the healthcare community, this ..read more
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What Happens During a Blackout – and Why They are Dangerous
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by timothy.esteves
5y ago
If you’ve ever had to ask yourself “what happened last night?” after drinking or had to piece the night together with a limited memory, chances are you’ve experienced a blackout.  And trust me, it’s not a fun experience to have. The Science of Blackouts According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, blackouts are gaps in recall caused by impairments in memory consolidation while intoxicated.  They happen when a person drinks enough alcohol to prevent the hippocampus area in the brain from forming new memories.  As a result, a gap occurs in the brain’s record-keeping syste ..read more
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Breaking the Coffee-to-Wine Cycle
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by timothy.esteves
5y ago
From Coffee to Wine Not too long ago, I went to dinner with a friend who’s a new mom.   Still on Maternity Leave, she joked that her days consisted of pounding cups of coffee during the day and then winding down with wine in the evenings.  As a mom myself, I remember a little too well how exhausted I was those first few months, but thankfully I hadn’t felt the need to chase my cups of coffee with glasses of wine.  It made me think, though – how many others were doing the same thing?  According to Dr. Robin Berzin in a recent Well+Good article, it’s not just new moms falling into this pattern ..read more
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FDA Launches “Remove the Risk” Campaign for Safe Opioid Removal
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by Natalie Baker
5y ago
In 2017, retail pharmacies dispensed more than 191 million opioid prescriptions to almost 60 million patients, according to a press release by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  And as many as 90% of these patients reported not finishing what was prescribed to them – potentially leaving millions of unused prescription opioids in medicine cabinets and elsewhere in US homes.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, 47,600 people died from an overdose involving opioids that same year. “Far too many Americans, both teens and adults, are gaining access to opioids for the first time from the medicine cab ..read more
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Finding Happiness in Recovery
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by Natalie Baker
5y ago
We all want to be happy, but happiness doesn’t always come easy – especially when we’ve relied on drugs and alcohol for that perceived “happiness” in the past.  Leaving behind a life we’re familiar with can be scary and challenging at first, but it doesn’t mean we can’t be satisfied and fulfilled with a new, sober lifestyle.  Just ask Justin Kan, a 35-year-old entrepreneur who recently gave up alcohol completely and has never been happier.  Here, we share some of his tips, as well as some of ours. Meditate Upon becoming sober, we’re faced with dozens of thoughts and emotions that we don’t know ..read more
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