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Barbara Nicholson-Brown

In recovery for more than 27 years, I hope to make a difference in people’s lives and inspire them in their recovery.



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An Integrated Approach to Tackling the Opioid Crisis

By CBI, Inc. staff

CBI knows we have an opioid crisis happening in the United States of America. If you work in the industry or have had a loved one affected by opioid addiction, then you get it. However, there are still many Americans who can’t explain opioids. They aren’t familiar with what they are, the side effects of use, and signs of abuse or withdrawal symptoms. They don’t know the opioid family expands from prescription painkillers (Percocet, Oxycodone, Vicodin, etc.) to the illicit drug of heroin and new forms of street fentanyl, an extremely potent narcotic that can be deadly from one use or exposure. Most people can’t explain the “crisis” component of ...Read More

Sierra Tucson celebrates 10 years - Gratitude for Giving

December 1, 2017, marked the 10th annual Sierra Tucson Gratitude for Giving Recognition Award Breakfast. Each year colleagues in the addiction recovery and behavioral health industry vote for their peers for their outstanding work in the community.

AZ Advocacy Day — January 11

By Angie Geren

In the November 2016 edition of Together AZ I wrote, “It is OUR time, we need to be the voice for those with none, we need to be the lighthouse for those searching, we need to be the driving force to change the conversation, we need to stand up and say, “I’m in recovery and I refuse to stay silent anymore.” 

January begins our legislative season, and it’s imperative we come together and advocate for change. Historically, those affected by addiction have not been represented in the legislative process. We were a demographic easily ignored and dismissed. As the opiate crisis continues to expand and overdose ...Read More

Can We Prevent a Suicide?

By Renee Sieradski, EA

Last month, a colleague told me she had lost her son to suicide a few years back, and then another friends daughter had a failed suicide attempt.

If I were to count how many personal friends and family I’ve lost to suicide, it’s 10 people. If I expand to colleagues, acquaintances, and their families, that’s another 10. I don’t know if this is an average statistic or if my count is higher.

As a person who has struggled with suicidal thoughts since pre-teen years, I know the feeling of the deep relentless pain and wanting it to stop. Thankfully I’ve always found the right people and medications to help with those feelings.
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Opioids After Surgery Left Her Addicted. A Medical Error?

By By Martha Bebinger, WBUR

In April 2017, Katie Herzog checked into a Boston teaching hospital for what turned out to be a nine-hour-long back surgery.

The 68-year-old consulting firm president left the hospital with a prescription for Dilaudid, an opioid used to treat severe pain, and instructions to take two pills every four hours as needed. Herzog took close to the full dose for about two weeks.

Then, worried about addiction, she began asking questions. “I said, ‘How do I taper off this? I don’t want to stay on this drug forever, you know? What do I do?'” Herzog said, recalling conversations with her various providers.

She never ...Read More

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Sonora Alliance Video: Debbie Moak and Seth Leibsohn discuss the adverse effects of legalizing Marijuana for recreational use in Arizona. Both Debbie and Seth appeared on Newsmaker Sunday with John Hook.


Guest/Monthly Columnists

Dr. Dina Evan

Dr. Dina Evan

Dr. Evan is a life/soul coach working with individuals, couples and corporations.

Alan Cohen
Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen is the author of many inspirational books.


Cary Bayer
Cary Bayer

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