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Alcohol Addiction ≠ Sugar Addiction?

By Dr. Ravi Chandiramani 

If you’re anything like me, you’re sick and tired of the media and so called “experts” throwing around the term addiction so haphazardly these days. Of course, qualifying as an addiction requires meeting an established set of criteria that point to significant dysfunction, unmanageability and collateral damage and of course, continued use in spite of ...Read More

Behind the Curtain

By Sarah Jenkins, MC, LPC

When I was a child, the Wicked Witch of the West terrified me. Her green complexion, haunting expression, and persecutory finger pointed at Dorothy and her friends. I would cower behind a pillow as she slithered into the center of my television screen, her cackle echoing in my ears as a taunting reminder that I shouldn’t watch The Wizard of Oz. The ...Read More

Hidden Gem in the Desert

By Irene Mit

Nestled deep in the Foothills of Tucson, lies Taste Of Peace, a safe, sober living home for women over 18 years of age. Many of them come for help and healing from alcoholism, substance abuse, trauma, and self-harming behaviors. 

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Putting Alcohol Ignition Interlocks in New Cars Could Prevent Many Deaths

If all new cars had devices that prevent drunk drivers from starting the engine, an estimated 85 percent of alcohol-related deaths could be prevented in the United States, a new study concludes.
The devices, called alcohol ignition interlocks, could prevent more than 59,000 crash fatalities and more than 1.25 million non-fatal injuries, according to the University of Michigan ...Read More

You Can’t Beat the House


Virtually every major culture that exists in recorded history exhibited some manifestation of gambling. Whether it was ancient card games in China or dice-based gambling in the Roman Empire, gambling has been around for a long time. In many ancient cultures gambling was seen as a reasonable method of bloodless conflict resolution. A legend exists that around the year 1000 A.D. the King of Norway and King of Sweden peacefully settled a territorial dispute based on a few rolls of dice.

Fast forward to today, as the ...Read More


Arizona Recovery Housing Association urges you to call your Representative in opposition to HB 2563

Update: AzRHA and NARA are working together with other stakeholders at the legislature to find a resolution to concerns regarding Prescott and HB2563. We feel confident that the commitment of our associations to offer a self regulated industry that works with our communities and provides an important service with best practices in mind will be highlighted through this stakeholder process. We look ...Read More

What We Hold

By Dr. Marlo Archer

I can keep a secret — a lot of secrets. I can, and do, and have, kept hundreds of thousands of secrets over the course of my career. 
I have not told parents their teens are sexually active, or gay. Or that they’ve tried alcohol or marijuana. I have not told the single male 4:00 p.m. client the 5:00 p.m. female client his age is also single and shares his love of Country Music and Great Danes. 

I have made sure that one Tempe Police officer doesn’t pass another in my waiting room by ...Read More

Benzodiazepines: Helpful or Harmful?

The mere thought of climbing into a car sends Jenn spiraling into a state of agitation and fear.
Jenn, a 30-year-old freelance book editor who lives in North Carolina, survived two near-fatal car accidents as a teenager. Since then, she’s battled post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks. She has visited a therapist, and she regularly takes Zoloft, a medication that treats depression, anxiety and other conditions. But the only thing that truly quells her nerves before sliding into a vehicle’s passenger seat, she says, is Valium.
“I notice that once I go ...Read More

Sick as our Secrets

By Patricia L. Brooks, MAOM

Sober Truth

It is wonderful to have more than 30 years of sobriety. It is even more wonderful to have no more secrets. But ten years into my sobriety that was not the case. I was still clinging to my secrets.  As part of Alcoholics Anonymous, I worked a good program, went to a lot of meetings and did service work. Strong recovery people were in my life. My standing monthly lunch date with my AA and Al-Anon women friends took priority. But I held a big secret from them. 
My harmful secret, my sickness really, was controlling me. I ...Read More

200% of Life

LIFE 101
By Coach Cary Bayer www.carybayer.com

Every day people talk about giving 100 percent effort; some even 150 percent. In this article, I’ll talk about two hundred percent.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who helped make meditation a household word, described 200 percent of life as being an enlightened millionaire. Buckminster Fuller said there were enough resources for everyone to live as a millionaire. 

Living in ...Read More

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Guest/Monthly Columnists

Dr. Dina Evan

Dr. Dina Evan

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

Bobbe McGinley
Bobbe McGinley

Bobbe McGinley MA, MBA, CADAC, LISAC, NCGC II, is a nationally known speaker, author, presenter and trainer.

Alan Cohen
Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen is the author of many inspirational books.


Richard Serna
Richard Serna

Richard is the Recovery Chef




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