PODCAST: Sitting down with employment specialist Emma Young

A brand new part of my job as a peer coach is to work alongside a real-deal employment specialist, and I'm super excited about it.  This will only bolster the services that patients will be receiving in the way of various guidance that can be applied to their own lives.  Her name is Emma Young … Continue reading PODCAST: Sitting down with employment specialist Emma Young

ENTRY: MAT Protocol in Need of Empathy–NOT Sympathy

As a person facing true substance use disorder, you do in fact have many options when it comes to attaining sobriety, and in turn a life built around everlasting recovery.  Inpatient rehabs are widely considered the gold-standard when it comes to initial sobriety.  I say 'initial' since, just as with any option for treatment, getting … Continue reading ENTRY: MAT Protocol in Need of Empathy–NOT Sympathy

FO’REAL?!?: Examining the potential impact of cold weather on opioid use (NAN)

A new study finds that cold weather snaps are followed by a marked increase in fatal opioid overdoses. A research team led by Brandon Marshall, an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University’s School of Public Health, found a 25 percent increase in fatal opioid overdoses after periods of freezing temperatures compared to days with an average temperature of 52 … Continue reading FO’REAL?!?: Examining the potential impact of cold weather on opioid use (NAN)

ENTRY: Absorbing the Big Book, before you even start it

The Big Book is a very useful tool; in fact, it's probably more useful than a new package of guitar strings would be for me…  (Yeah really, 'tis that useful.)  I would never encourage any person in recovery to live and breathe by the Big Book, just like I don’t really think a Christian person should encourage another Christian … Continue reading ENTRY: Absorbing the Big Book, before you even start it

NEWS FEED: How The Opioid Crisis Is Depressing America’s Labor Force

It's been a decade since the financial crisis drove up the unemployment rate in the U.S. and forced people in the prime of their careers to give up looking for work. Even today, as employers add jobs at a furious pace, the workforce participation rate still hasn't recovered. And now researchers think they know one … Continue reading NEWS FEED: How The Opioid Crisis Is Depressing America’s Labor Force

ENTRY: Meditating… Wheels within Wheels (at First)

For the longest time--in fact it was up until recently when I actually followed through with my eleventh step, but honestly, I never knew how to meditate.  Well, that was how I used to phrase it.  I thought that there was this certain, strict procedure behind meditating.  I always thought it had something to do … Continue reading ENTRY: Meditating… Wheels within Wheels (at First)

ENTRY: A Parent’s Perspective

'My Daughter’s Addiction Has Made Me Stronger' ~ When you hear about someone with an addiction overdosing and dying, you might think of how depressing it is that this person was willing to do these things to themselves for so long, and so hard that it kills them. If you don’t have an addicted loved … Continue reading ENTRY: A Parent’s Perspective

MEDIA: Under the Bridge

Just about everyone knows "Under the Bridge" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  A lot of people know, too, that the song does in fact pertain to drug addiction.  Many alt-rock/indie-rock bands from the early '90s were experiencing major woes when it came to the various members engaging in illicit drug use.  Obviously, partying is … Continue reading MEDIA: Under the Bridge

MEDIA: Muse du Jour

I was feeling inspired today.  You know, that's one thing I truly love about being sober.  It feels so good and fulfilling to experience real emotions again.  And it could be any emotion.  I remember having a somewhat curious bout of constant crying spells about a month into sobriety.  I know this has happened to … Continue reading MEDIA: Muse du Jour

ART: The Apprehensive Addict

I've been to many invigorating AA meetings.  And I get it; some meetings are most certainly not as fulfilling as others.  Also, it's plausible that some addicts or alcoholics might have had a negative experience related to attending a meeting, and it might be why he or she doesn't continue to go.  This is part … Continue reading ART: The Apprehensive Addict