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The Role of Friends, Family and Support Networks in Overcoming Addiction

The Role of Friends, Family and Support Networks in Overcoming Addiction

Throughout the entire recovery process, friends, family and an extended support network have a great impact on the recovery process and can dramatically affect the long-term success of recovery.

Meet Evan "Bullet" James, the Extractor

Meet Evan "Bullet" James, the Extractor

A new show on A&E called Extractors follows ex-con, gangster and recovering drug addict Evan "Bullet" James and his team as they locate missing teens and extract them from life-threatening situations.

Kevin’s Story

Kevin’s Story

A single moment can alter your story forever. For Barry Adkins, that moment came one Sunday morning when three police officers arrived at his doorstep and handed him his son's driver's license.

Barry’s Big Vision

Barry’s Big Vision

When Barry Jay gave up drugs, he needed somewhere to transfer his addiction. Now, with 11 years sober and a revolutionary exercise program known as “The Best Workout in the World,” Jay is addicted to staying sober and helping others do the same.

Truth Is Discovered, Not Taught

Truth Is Discovered, Not Taught

Our greatest gift is what we hold inside, a power held inside by fear and false perception. Faith is the courage to get through fear.

Is It Stress Or Depression — Let’s Find Out

Is It Stress Or Depression — Let’s Find Out

In order to determine whether you’re dealing with stress or depression, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of both.

The Painful Goodbye: Loving an Addict

The Painful Goodbye: Loving an Addict

Who would have thought the best thing you could ever do for your child would be to say, “No. Goodbye. Get help, and we will be here after.” When my parents finally learned to say, "No," they saved my life.

The Ultimate Guide to Dating Somebody in Recovery

The Ultimate Guide to Dating Somebody in Recovery

Eight tips from experts as well as a number of tips from folks who've managed to sustain a loving relationship despite prior addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.

10 Tips for Surrounding Yourself with the Right People After Rehab

10 Tips for Surrounding Yourself with the Right People After Rehab

Choosing the people you socialize with is critical in order to stay clean. These 10 tips will help you choose people who will support you in your recovery.

drug and alcohol rehab

Seven Things You Need to Know When Going to Rehab

Seven suggestions on what you should—and should not—do when going to rehab for the first time.

addiction intervention

How To Help An Addict Get Help

Six suggestions on how to convince a person struggling with alcohol or drugs to get the help they need. ​


Latest News


The Three-stage Model of Addiction

on 5/12/2016 6:58:00 AM
An article in the New England Journal of Medicine describes three stages of addiction: getting high, avoiding the low and craving.
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Predicting Painkiller Addiction Relapse

on 5/4/2016 8:08:00 AM
A new report suggests later age when first taking drugs, injecting drugs and using tranquilizers all point to a high risk for opioid relapse.
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What Is a Standard Drink?

on 4/29/2016 7:15:00 AM
A standard drink helps people keep track of how much they've consumed. But research shows that not only are most people surprised to learn what counts...
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Treatment Center


Hazelden Betty Ford Applauds Obama's Steps to Confront Opioids Crisis

on 3/30/2016 6:39:00 AM
The Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy supports Obama's steps forward on addressing the opioids crisis.​
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New Program Uses Surfing to Help People Recover

on 3/22/2016 7:31:00 AM
Saltwater Sessions, an eight-week program in Los Angeles, combines surfing and mindfulness to help people recover from addiction.​
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Betty Ford Center on Why Addiction is a Disease

on 3/3/2016 9:14:00 AM
Harry Haroutunian, physician director of the Professionals Program at the Betty Ford Center, explains why addiction is referred to as a disease.
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Voices of Recovery

      Teach Him How to Drink


By Greg Kayko || Some parents send their kids to college to learn that drinking alcohol was a                    privilege—and not a right to be abused. This          was, of course, a novel concept to my Polish-          American, Catholic, working-class father, and,        at the time, a pathetically silly concept to                  me. Read more... 
      Rituals in Recovery

meditation-1287207_1920By Robert D. Ashford || Those of us that live life in recovery know full well the value that daily rituals provide us in our journey to wellness. Our daily rituals don’t set us apart; they bring us closer together. Read more...

      Freeing the Black Dragon

freeing-the-black-dragonBy Fiona Purcell || I know that unchaining my past is essential to healing my spirit, but I did not have the first idea how I would go about doing so. Read more...

      I Hope There's a Heaven

silhouette-1082129_1920By Greg Kayko || Learning the value of being prepared to Dodge and Question rather    than always try to Answer. Read more... 

      Lessons From Liam

baby-499976_640By Fiona Purcell || My son Liam lived for less than 10 weeks, but in those few short weeks, he showed me that miracles exist and so do superheroes. He showed me that some things just are and need no explanation. He remains my "overall protector" to this day. Read more...

Be Inspired Every Day

 "You have to hold on to that fundamental quality of faith. Have faith that on the other side of your pain there's going to be something good."

  - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson


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“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” -
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross  - See more at: http://adventured.com/99-outdoor-nature-quotes/#sthash.uxkYZLZc.dpuf
“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” -
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross  - See more at: http://adventured.com/99-outdoor-nature-quotes/#sthash.uxkYZLZc.d"- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Celebrity Spotlight


Actress Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Addiction

on 5/12/2016 6:38:00 AM
In a moving essay for the Huffington Post, actress Jamie Lee Curtis opens up about her past addiction to prescription pills.​
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Prince's Death Sheds Light on Painkiller Addiction and Dependence

on 5/4/2016 8:28:00 AM
The exact cause of Prince's death remains unclear; however, speculations of decadeslong drug use reveal just how widespread opioid dependence is.
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Recovery Advocate Leslie Glass Receives ASAM Media Award

on 4/16/2016 11:54:00 AM
The New York Times best-selling author Leslie Glass honored for her documentary, The Secret World of Recovery.
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