The Importance of a Healthy Diet in Recovery

There’s more to successful recovery from dependence on drugs or alcohol than quitting cold turkey. In fact, without proper supervision and guidance, many inadvertently sabotage their own success by neglecting the other aspects of their life while they are in recovery. One of the things a recoverin...

What Today’s Heroin Addict Looks Like

As the U.S. finds itself in the grips of an opioid epidemic, it is becoming clear that today’s heroin addict no longer fits the stereotypical image that many have built up in their head. The typical heroin user is no longer the middle-aged urban male of lower socio-economic status – he or she is...

Stay Sober this Fourth of July with these 5 Tips

Image by Andy Karmy via Flickr With the Fourth of July just around the corner, your friends and family are probably planning this weekend’s celebrations. However, a part of these celebrations usually involve drinking. But just because the party you’re invited to will have alcohol doesn’t mean...

5 Quotes by John Goodman on Alcoholism

Image by Joe polletta via Flickr After his weight loss journey and time at rehab, actor John Goodman has turned his life around. The 63-year-old, known for his roles in films such as The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, and Monsters, Inc., successfully lost 100 pounds back in 2010, and has managed to ...

Top 5 Movies on Addiction and Recovery

Image by Global Panorama via Flickr With the 2016 Oscar Awards coming up this weekend, cinema fever has gripped Southern California. Many have gone out to watch the Oscar nominated films before the big night, while others decide to watch older movies from the comfort of their homes. In the spirit o...

Jeb Bush’s 4-Part Plan to Combat Drug Addiction

Jeb Bush by Gage Skidmore via Flickr In the run up to the 2016 Presidential election, it’s good to see candidates from both major parties advocating for more progressive drug addiction policies, recognizing addiction as a health issue. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush discusses the i...

The New Face of Foster Care: Children of Addicts

Image by Jake Harper at Side Effects Drug addiction harms not just the abuser, but children as well. A recent article on NPR points to the issue of an increasing number of children being placed into foster care because of their parents’ drug abuse. Heroin and prescription drug abuse rendered the...

Why do so many people get sober over the holidays?

Many people in the recovery community may celebrate their sobriety “birthday” over the holidays. It’s a popular time for people to seek treatment for alcoholism and addiction. But why is this, and what does it mean for you? A very important part of the twelve-step program is community. From sp...