Addiction is a Disease: Destigmatizing the Term “Addict”

Someone dies from a drug overdose every 7.5 minutes in the United States, according to the latest figures from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). This is nearly a 100% increase since 2010. These deaths mean orphaned children, childless parents, and crushed spouses. By understanding and destigmatizing addiction, those numbers can be reduced. When […]

Why Are the Holidays So Stressful for People in Recovery?

  The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. For those of us in recovery, however, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a time of increased anxiety, temptation, and potential backsliding. The holiday season has a unique ability to bring out the best and the worst […]

Addiction is a Chronic Disease, Not a Moral Weakness

In 2016, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D. released the office’s historic, first-ever report titled Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. The report publicly confirmed what researchers have known for years: addiction is a chronic illness that is accompanied by significant changes in the brain. Murthy said, “We have to […]

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