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From Mother to Mother, Having a Child with Substance Use Disorder

There are certain “things” you can’t understand until you experience them. Being a mother is one of them. Having a loved one who suffers from Substance Use Disorder is another. The combination of the two was absolutely devastating. It occupied my every thought; it clouded my ability to enjoy normal activities and caused me to […]

The Family Effect: Advice for Mom’s who Lives are Effected by Substance Abuse

In May, we are turning focus onto the unique challenges mothers face in the world of recovery.  Being a mother and having to deal with a child or loved one with addiction is a challenge on many, many levels.  In the spirit of Mother’s Day we will examine some advice for Mothers who have loved […]

“Spring Cleaning” for Recovery: What to do about summer?

As March turns to April in New England, one day we are watching the news anticipating a blizzard, and the next, the birds are chirping and the Red Sox start playing at Fenway Park. This seasonal change happens fast! Just as suddenly, summer will be here. Students look forward to their summer breaks, families prepare […]

Mayor De Blasio, New York City Announce New Plan to Combat Opiod Deaths

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city of New York have announced a new plan to invest $38 million toward the ambitious goal of reducing heroin and opioid overdose deaths by 35% over five years, per the NYTimes. These funds will use to bolster efforts in a number of critical areas: expanded access to methadone and […]

The Academic Insight – Autism: Remembering parents in parent-mediated early intervention: An approach to examining impact on parents and families

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have seen a dramatic increase in prevalence.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 1 in every 68 kids receive this diagnosis.  Many individuals with this diagnosis require intensive interventions as early as toddler-hood.  These early interventions target core deficits of ASD and can have significant impact on brain development and […]

Long Term Strategies: Advice from those in Sustained Recovery

  I have had the privilege to get to know a lot of people who have been able to pull themselves out of the pit that is addiction and gain long periods of abstinence. Reaching this place of long-term recovery is impressive and can seem impossible when just starting the recovery journey. When talking with […]

Eating Disorders Awareness – Get Screened, Get Help, Get Involved

  The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization committed to supporting individuals and families whose lives are touched by the devastation of eating disorders. NEDA provides resources for navigating treatment options, psychoeducation for support systems, and stories of hope in life in recovery. NEDA’s most anticipated time of year is at the end of February for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year from February 26th through […]

Mindfulness Made Simple: A Look into the Concept

Mindfulness has proven to be effective in lowering relapse rates in substance use disorders as well as proving effective in lowering anxiety symptoms and stress levels across diagnosis. It’s not much of a surprise that we are hearing about mindfulness-based treatments and mindfulness-based practice all over the treatment world given its shown effectiveness. It is […]

Single and Sober: Tips for Getting Back into the Dating Scene

Booze, the ultimate social analgesic, has lubricated the dating arena since malt, hops and grapes were first used in fermentation.  Throw in our 21st century party culture and it seems difficult to separate dating from drinking.  Dealing with social situations in general while in recovery can be a scary, but having to navigate the dating […]

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