Advocacy in Recovery

We are coming into my favorite month of the year, September. My love for the month of September is not because of the change of weather, pumpkin spice coffee or the return of my children going back to school. I adore this month because it is a month dedicated to promoting, celebrating, and spotlighting recovery! …

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What Is Secondary Traumatic Stress?

When analyzing trauma on a complete, holistic level, and understanding how it can affect any particular person in a variety of ways, an often overlooked and undiscussed form is secondary traumatic stress.  Also known as vicarious trauma, second hand trauma, PTSD by proxy, and secondary PTSD, Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder (STS) has been especially prevalent …

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What is Alcohol Awareness Month?

There are big benefits to educating and spreading awareness about alcohol use and abuse, and Alcohol Awareness Month, recognized every April since 1987, is a great opportunity to get the word out. Alcohol Awareness Month was founded by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) with the original purpose of sharing information on …

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The Art of Meditation in Recovery

When we talk about holistic therapies for recovery, the art of meditation often comes up. That’s because meditation can be an exceptional tool for clearing the mind of negative thoughts and re-centering priorities—it’s also something that anybody can do, regardless of whether they’ve tried meditation before. Meditation is a mind and body practice with a …

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Winter Depression Facts and Six Ways to Cope

If the colder weather and the shorter days are causing you to experience serious changes in your mood, you’re definitely not alone. According to Cleveland Clinic, current winter depression facts include the sobering statistic that about 5% of American adults experience serious seasonal depression, while 10%-20% experience a milder version called the “winter blues.” Winter …

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