The National Suicide Hotline

The National Suicide Hotline

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. On average, 123 people kill themselves every day. By calling The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, your chances of suicidal thoughts and attempts will decrease as you speak to a staff member who will hear you…

Pharm Parties

Pharm Parties

Adults may know teen parties for loud music, dancing, and playing games. An element that they may not be aware of is having a pharm party where teens take a mix of prescription drugs from a bowl. It is important that parents are aware of these kinds of parties to prevent their kids from making…

Redefining Fun During the Holiday Season

Redefining Fun During the Holiday Season

When we think of the holidays, many of us picture parties and special events full of drinking. It’s hard for us to think of celebration or fun without drugs and alcohol. When we are in recovery, getting through the holidays successfully, and actually enjoying them, means creating new associations and finding new sources of enjoyment.…

Why is Addiction Stigmatized?

Why is Addiction Stigmatized?

Many of us struggling with addiction have at one time or another been confronted with all of the stigmas around addiction and the negative stereotypes about addicts. We ourselves may have been negatively stereotyped, judged, ridiculed or rejected because of our struggle with addiction. With addiction so common and widespread, why is it still so…

How Can We Learn from Our Patterns?

How Can We Learn from Our Patterns?

Many of us have a way of repeating our patterns unconsciously without realizing it. We perpetuate toxic and self-destructive patterns in recurring cycles. Our issues repeat themselves until we’re able to learn from them. Until we realize this, we tend to blame our issues on other people, or we feel victimized by life, powerless to…

Millennials: A Stressed Out Generation

Millennials: A Stressed Out Generation

Millenials are a demographic of people who were born between 1981-1996. The stress of finding a job and being able to afford a place of their own is different than what previous generations before them went through. By making sure that you eat right, exercise, and use social media to help with career growth, those…

Cough Syrup Addiction

Cough Syrup Addiction

Three days after the death of rapper Mac Miller from a drug overdose, another rapper, Bow Wow, confessed to being addicted to a combination of promethazine and codeine-based cough syrup that he would mix with soft drinks. In 2007 when he would collaborate with rapper Omarion for the album Face Off, family and friends would…

Demi Lovato’s Journey to Recovery

Demi Lovato’s Journey to Recovery

Demi Lovato is a singer, actress, and songwriter known for her roles in Disney Channel’s Camp Rock and Sonny With a Chance. She has also written and sang in her six studio albums and won several awards for them. Lovato also had her challenges with substance abuse and mental illness which have presented obstacles in…

Homesickness in College

Homesickness in College

Being in a college is like being in a different world where you are completely on your own. Not everyone is comfortable or ready to enter that world and can feel intense moments of anxiety as a result. It is important not to let your feelings of homesick stay with you and to use college…