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Archive for August 2019

Non-12 Step Recovery Options

Non-12 step recovery

While millions of individuals may attend and recover through 12-step fellowships, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), there is a common misconception that this is the only way to recover. But that isn’t an accurate picture of the recovery landscape today. In fact, just under half of those who recover do so without 12-step recovery. At a…

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Sober Curious: Can We Afford to Be So Judgmental?

Sober curious

The term “sober curious” has been increasing in popularity in recent years. It is a movement that is gaining traction among millennials who are more health-conscious. Perhaps some have been drawn to the sober lifestyle by social media influencers who give us a glimpse into the expansive life that can be found in recovery.  For…

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LGBTQ+ Recovery Resources

LGBTQ+ Recovery Resources

LGBTQ+ Recovery Resources According to the Recovery Research Institute, it is estimated that 30 percent of LGBTQ+ individuals face some form of addiction, compared with 9 percent of the general population. However, there is a lack of LGBTQ+ recovery resources. Despite substance use disorders disproportionately affecting larger numbers of the LGBTQ+ community, recovery looks largely…

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The recovery advocacy movement & how to get involved

History of recovery advocacy

The landscape of recovery has changed dramatically over the past few decades, and we have the recovery advocacy movement to thank for that. While there’s still a long way to go to help more people find recovery and improve public and professional perception of substance use disorder, we’ve made huge strides in this political and…

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Language Matters in the Recovery Movement

Language matters in addiction and recovery

Language matters. The words we use to describe substance use disorder, people using drugs, and people in recovery has the potential to cause a significantly detrimental impact in a number of ways, such as access to treatment and recovery outcomes.  Our language can influence whether people view substance use disorder as a moral issue, requiring…

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