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Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Madeline Brignoni

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Madeline Brignoni No two Ammon Foundation Scholars have the same story, but each shares the same two commitments: recovery and education. Madeline Brignoni became enmeshed in a substance use lifestyle early in life, but persevered and was able to find a way clear of her past, to a bright

Substance Use Disorder: How Language can Reduce Stigma

Substance Use Disorder: How Language can Reduce Stigma For those outside the recovery community, it might be a surprise to learn that terms such as “addict,” “substance abuse,” and “clean” are no longer considered correct. With the advent of ‘person-first’ language, used to minimize both conscious and conscious biases, new terminology and vocabulary

Sober Summer: Fun, Family, and Friends

Sober Summer: Fun, Family, and Friends One commonly heard refrain from people who have newly entered recovery is that they cannot imagine how to enjoy, or even participate in normal summer activities without having a substance close at hand. Indeed, alcohol has so permeated our culture that it is hard to find promotional

The Ammon Foundation and Mercer County Community College Foundation announce strategic partnership

The Ammon Foundation and Mercer County Community College Foundation announce strategic partnership FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Ammon Foundation and Mercer County Community College Foundation announce strategic partnership  Linden, N.J (July 11, 2018) – The Ammon Foundation and Mercer County Community College Foundation announced today a partnership that will provide scholarship funds to students in addiction

Veterans and Substance Use Disorders

Veterans and Substance Use Disorders Stress. Isolation. Trauma. All these factors have some correlative connection to the development of substance use disorders. For veterans then, who experience high levels of all these issues, it is not surprising that substance use disorders crop up with unfortunate regularity. In honor of our country’s armed forces

Keys To a New Life

Keys To a New Life After two and a half years, New Jersey is allowing me to legally drive a vehicle again.   This may not seem like a big deal to some readers, but to someone like me - someone who has struggled with alcoholism my entire adult life - this is

Giving our Time: Recovery, Service, and Volunteering

Giving our Time: Recovery, Service, and Volunteering There is some intangible element or emotional common to people who have successfully stepped back from a substance misuse disorder, either through a recovery program, drug replacement therapy, medication assisted treatment, or any other pathway. Whether life has been made fulfilling or simply extended past reasonable

Fatherhood in Recovery

Fatherhood in Recovery It’s nearly Father’s Day and with that celebration comes reflection on those relationships, past, present, and future. While substance misuse disorders serve to isolate and separate people from their loved ones, recovery can reunite and repair those healthy support networks. In some situations, recovery becomes the catalyst to stop accepting