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Sober Spring Break!

Sober Spring Break! If your only mental picture of spring break involves pools, drinking, and debauchery, it might be hard to imagine what fun a sober spring break could look like. Expand your outlook a little, and there are plenty of sunny memories to be made with your friends! Learning how to enjoy

Celebrity Bassist Flea Speaks about his Recovery Process

Celebrity Bassist Flea Speaks about his Recovery Process Substance misuse is entering the mainstream. While this may sound like a cause for alarm, as more people become familiar with the disease process and the potential for recovery,  more people with substance misuse issues feel safe coming forward for assistance. Years ago, the only

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