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By Kristen L. Polin, MAEd, Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI)
A New Year offers us the chance to embrace a fresh start and reflect on the lessons passing through our life. People come and go in our lives and today, I’m reflecting on my path that crossed with Lori. I’m sharing the personal journey we shared together in the hopes it will help others break through the silence and create a new beginning — before it’s too late.
I have spent my entire career focused on the prevention and education of substance use disorders. When one of my closest friends slipped down the ...Read More
In a highly unusual collaboration, every broadcast TV station and most radio outlets across Arizona will air simultaneously a 30-minute commercial-free investigative report produced by Arizona State University student journalists on the ...Read More
By Nancy Germond, MA, SPHR, ARM, AIC, ITP
Insuring a sober living home, consultancy or treatment facility can often pose a challenge. Insurance is one area where business owners may try to cut costs. To protect your business and future assets, you need to have a highly qualified insurance agent evaluate all the risks you face and offer solid coverage solutions.
Even organizations that operate on tight budgets must protect themselves with at least two types of coverage. Let’s explore the coverages that are most ...Read More
By Mike Speakman, LISAC
There is no other human relationship like that between parent and child. Although parents have the most power and influence over their kids, when addiction enters the picture, the situation mysteriously reverses — and the child is in the driver’s seat. How does this happen and what can be done about it? This is the reason PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones) was created. The following is a common story often heard in our meetings:
Up until a few years ago my husband and I felt we led a charmed life. We have a ...Read More
by Steve Price
Running to the window, [Scrooge] opened it, and put out his head. No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold; cold, piping for the blood to dance to; Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells. Oh, glorious. Glorious! (from the last chapter of “A Christmas Carol”).
Why do so many of us view the holidays as if it were a root canal, looking forward to when it’s over?
Stress, depression, frustration, disappointment—it all comes down to one thing: Expectations.
Choosing the most effective treatment for a loved one can be a fearful process full of uncertainty. As you conduct your research, you will likely find some treatment centers claim: luxurious facilities, cutting-edge therapy, maid service, private chefs, and more. In this article, you will not find any promises for a cozy transition. Practical Development is Prescott’s newest treatment center, designed to reverse the privilege, bias, and entitlement issues are so common.
Practical Development knows addiction is a deadly disease and is anything but ...Read More
You’ll know that our world is headed in the right evolutionary direction from a spiritual standpoint when people are willing to line up as early and as long to get the iAM as they do for the newest versions of the iPhone and the iPad. The iAM, you ask?
Yes, the iAM; it’s been here since mankind first set foot on this planet. As a result, there are no new versions of the iAM. In truth, even the expression “since time immemorial” doesn’t quite do justice to the ...Read More
By Celia Vimont
There are many positive aspects to being in recovery, suggests a new survey of people who are experiencing recovery from alcohol or drug problems. The findings of the national survey of more than 9,000 people will help both people in recovery, and those who treat them, according to the researchers.
Currently there is no agreement about the definition of recovery, says lead researcher Lee Ann Kaskutas, DrPH, of the Public Health Institute’s Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, CA. Many people believe ...Read More
By Stephanie Siete, Director of Community Education, Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI)
Let’s check in on the latest trends…Rx, E-cigs, Powdered Alcohol, Vapes, Dabs, BHO…What?
A teen engaging in risky behavior is not a new phenomenon. We tend to chalk it up to a rite of passage and something that might be expected. But are these unwritten rules something we should accept in today’s day and age? The drug world and has changed and we want you to know the latest.
by Shannon K. Spellman, M.S.W., LCSW, LMFT, LISAC
Why would veterans benefit from hanging out in an arena with a bunch of horses and engaging in this therapeutic modality referred to here as equine assisted healing? Well, it’s actually a very effective, non-threatening, non-stigmatizing method for coping with stress, grief and loss, relationship problems, addictions, PTSD, deployment separation issues, and adjustment problems to returning home. We hear firsthand from veterans how powerful being around horses has been for them.
Paul Knutson served in the United States ...Read More
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Dr. Dina Evan
Dr. Evan is a life/soul coach working with individuals, couples and corporations.
Bobbe McGinley MA, MBA, CADAC, LISAC, NCGC II, is a nationally known speaker, author, presenter and trainer.
Alan Cohen is the author of many inspirational books.
Richard is the Recovery Chef