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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.



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High Stakes, High Risk, Bad Bet


Gambling is everywhere. It can be found online, state lotteries, race tracks, sporting events, casinos and even in convenience stores. It is often mistakenly assumed compulsive gambling is not a real addictive disorder — since the individual who is repeatedly placing bets is not consuming a potentially lethal chemical substance.

Truth be told, gambling has ruined thousands of lives since staking wagers first came about.

Gambling addiction has been repeatedly proven to wreak just as much havoc in the lives of sufferers as many substance dependency disorders. While physical consequences may not compare, ...Read More

How to Stop Paying the IRS Penalties and Interest

Renee Sieradski is a Tax Specialist, visit www.phoenixtaxhelp.com or call 602-687-9768.

Words Matter: Why We Don’t Say “Addict”

Have you noticed more people are saying things like “person with a substance use disorder” or “someone who’s addicted to drugs” instead of “substance abuser” or “addict”? There are reasons for that. Seeing the whole person

Some words carry bigger meanings than we may realize. “Substance abuser,” “drug user,” or “addict,” for instance, make it sound like the person being described is nothing but their substance use disorder, drug use, or addiction. But that isn’t true, of course. Each and every person has many qualities, likes and dislikes, hopes, dreams, stresses, and relationships.

Saying “person with a substance use disorder” ...Read More

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

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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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