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Pathways of Recovery

Signpost pathways of recovery

1 in 10 Americans — an estimated 22 million — live in recovery from substance use disorders. While it’s important to celebrate our stories of recovery, it’s equally important that we not lose sight of the fact that less than 10 percent of the  21 million Americans with SUD receive treatment. We need to continue…

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The Impact of Wellness on Recovery

Wellness in recovery

The Impact of Wellness on Recovery Wellness matters. It can have a profound effect on people in recovery in terms of successful recovery outcomes and overall physical health and well-being. Overall health is especially crucial for people in recovery because research shows that individuals with substance use disorders die years earlier than those without these…

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National Recovery Month: Let’s Build A Movement

National Recovery Month

Recovery is the expectation, not the exception — Unity Recovery, a Recovery Community Organization Each year, September kicks off with National Recovery Month — a time when we see thousands of Americans come forward to publicly share their stories of recovery. This visibility is crucial; it helps fight the stigma associated with addiction and increases…

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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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Mama’s in Recovery: Alannah’s Story

For Alannah, it can be difficult getting to meetings but, “being able to talk to the girls makes me feel like I’m doing something for my recovery everyday”. As a stay at home mom, Alannah is learning to tend house and says that, “there is no other job I’d rather do, I love staying home with them”.

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A Rendezvous with Hope

Original Blog Date:  May 30, 2014

Through my early tenure in the addictions field, the question of readiness for treatment and recovery was thought to be a pain quotient. We then believed that people didn’t enter recovery until they had “hit bottom.” If a person did not show evidence of such pain-induced readiness, they were often refused admission to treatment. Then we recognized that the reason it took people so long to “hit bottom” was that they were protected from the painful consequences of their alcohol and other drug use by people we called “enablers.” We then set about teaching enablers to stop rescuing and protecting their beloved but addicted family members.

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