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Inspiring Success on the Road to Recovery

Publishers Corner

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.



What's new in this issue?

Interweaving Cycles of Addiction and Trauma

Adapted from newly released Unspoken Legacy
Claudia Black, Ph.D., Senior Fellow of The Meadows and Clinical Architect of the 
Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows

When most of us wake up in the morning, we can reasonably assume that our home, our family, our job or school, and our primary relationships will still be there when we go to bed that night. We can also expect that the way someone treats us that morning will be more or less how he or she treats us that evening. Our world is generally stable, and we expect it to stay that way. And, most of the time, it does.

This is not true in an addicted family, ...Read More

Update: AZ Advocacy

By Angie Geren

January 11th proved to be our most successful Addiction and Recovery Advocacy Day. Over 67 people met with their representatives and 35 confirmed meetings with individual legislators, Advocates, Senators, Representatives were scheduled. Discussions included Public Health Focused Addiction policy, what this would look like for Arizona and how it can help combat the opioid crisis in which we are currently entrenched.

Arizona is in a prime year for addiction and recovery advocacy as Governor Ducey declared a Public Health Emergency in June 2017 and his office and Department of Health Services have been ...Read More

Together AZ Community Calendar

Professional Events

FEB. 20 —PCS Networking Luncheon, 12:15 -1:30 pm. 3302 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale. Register: Jacquee Nickerson, 480-947-5739, email: pcs@pcsearle.com

Feb. 23—11:00 to 12:45 p.m. Sierra Tucson Grand Rounds, Professionals are invited to attend at Sierra Tucson. 1.0 CE available. 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Program. Campus tour available . Immobility, Shame, and Healing the Roots of Trauma, by Sharon Stanley, PhD. No cost. Register by Feb. 19. Seating limited, Cathy.Kauffman@SierraTucson.com. (800) 624-9001, Ext. 600417

March 5— 8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. 12th Annual DPG Symposium, The POWER to ...Read More

A Mothers Worst Nightmare

By Dawn Cummings-Duchak

Four years ago, my life turned upside down. Thinking about what happened, I thought I would never survive the tragedy— but I have. Life is different in so many ways, I can smile, laugh and love.

At age 16, I had to place my son Zachary in rehab. Having been to court multiple times when he was younger, I was frustrated each time the judge would give him probation and nothing else. I didn’t want to lose my son to drugs. So I pleaded with the judge, begging for help, but nothing really happened. I was so happy when he decided to start fresh in Phoenix.

On Dec. 11 at 4:00 a.m. I received the call no parent ever wants. I was told my ...Read More

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

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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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