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Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Philip A. Smyth

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Philip A. Smyth Philip A. Smyth III, of Pennsauken, N.J., has been in recovery for three years. His journey was one that started in a middle class family, and led him through multiple overdoses, hospitalizations, jails, and homelessness. He was without motivation, without hope, goals, or ambitions. With the

Collegiate Recovery Programs: An Introduction

Collegiate Recovery Programs: An Introduction For young people in recovery from substance misuse disorders, the decision to attend college is often fraught with concerns. Where will I live? What will my roommates be like? What will the recovery community be like? What is there to do socially that doesn’t involve drinking? Many colleges

Early recovery, relationships, and Valentine’s Day

Early recovery, relationships, and Valentine's Day One mantra people in early recovery hear is that they should avoid major life changes in the first year of recovery. In particular, romantic relationships. While this is certainly an ideal, not every person in substance misuse recovery is able to or even wishes to follow through.

Is Wearable Tech the Next Step in Recovery Support?

Is Wearable Tech the Next Step in Recovery Support? People in substance misuse recovery sometimes struggle with successfully coping with stressful situations. In our busy modern lives, there isn’t always the opportunity to politely step out to make a phone call. Sudden urges to misuse substances can hit at any time, no matter

Budget Cuts at the Office of National Drug Control Policy Proposed

Budget Cuts at the Office of National Drug Control Policy Proposed National recognition of the urgency of the opiate crisis has brought a myriad of benefits to the country as a whole. When more citizens are informed of the risks of opiate misuse, of the possibility for and pathways to recovery, the stigma

Planning for Success: Ways to Start the Spring 2018 Semester off Right

Planning for Success: Ways to Start the Spring 2018 Semester off Right Academic success can be measured in a variety of ways: high GPA, consistent attendance, good school/life balance. None of these indicators happens by accident, however. With thoughtful preparation, any scholar can provide scaffolding for their dreams and accomplishments. For students in