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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

The Intersection between the LGBT+ Community and Recovery

The Intersection between the LGBT+ Community and Recovery Substance misuse disorders affect everyone, regardless of social status, ethnicity, religious background, or sexual identity. Often, these groups may experience individualized challenges during the recovery process. LGBT+ community members may be coping with higher incidences of mental illness, including substance misuse disorders.  Issues such as

The Benefits of Creativity in Recovery

The Benefits of Creativity in Recovery When some of us enter recovery, we find huge swaths of free time suddenly available. We used to spend that time seeking out our substance of choice, scheming, or sick, but now we’re left with a hole in our daily agenda. Meetings, spending time with healthy people, and working

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Melissa Bradley

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Melissa Bradley When Melissa Bradley describes her relationship with alcohol, she likens the substance to a weapon. She grew up feeling fear in every situation. At first, she was able to use alcohol to defend herself from feelings of social discomfort and anxiety. It brought a sense of belonging

Collegiate Recovery Programs: Green Lights and Red Flags

Collegiate Recovery Programs: Green Lights and Red Flags The recent proliferation of collegiate recovery programs is a great boon for young people who wish to pursue higher education in a manner consistent with their recovery. There are some consistent qualities that indicate a reputable program, and there are some warning signs that students