As a parent, it can be easy to feel helpless when you see your child struggling with things that are making them…
Very often, when we think about the growing addiction epidemic in the United States, and the need for drug and alcohol addiction…
One week from today will mark the official start of the holiday season, at least according to the retail industry. For some of us this means making travel plans, getting gifts, performing good works, reconnecting with our families and preparing large meals. For those in recovery, however, the holidays can often mean trying to keep their heads above water as they face increased vulnerability to relapse. While the holidays are meant to be a joyful, easy and cherished experience, they can often bring to bare a variety of elements that can trigger emotional distress for those who have overcome drug or alcohol addiction. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to:…
Sooner or later our treatment ends. If we’re lucky, our programs give us valuable behavioral coping resources to help us manage the…
Last year 18, 303 Americans were diagnosed with the AIDS virus infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency also reports that there were 12,333 deaths (due to any cause) of people with diagnosed HIV infection ever classified as AIDS, and 6,721 deaths were attributed directly to HIV in 2014. At the end of 2013, the most recent year for which such data are available, an estimated 1,242,000 adults and adolescents were living with HIV in the United States. As nations all over the world endeavor to recognize World AIDS Day, it is clear HIV and AIDS continue to be pervasive national and global public health threats, despite the considerable clinical progress made here in the United States and in other countries….
This past Saturday, hundreds in the recovery community gathered at Wilmington, North Carolina’s Hugh McRae Park to hear great music and exchange support during the 2016 Recovery RockFest. The event was hosted by Recover Comedian Dick Satori and featured musical and visual artists from all over the country. Musicians in recovery got a chance to achieve further catharsis and inspire others through their amazing live performances, while painters and illustrators were given a forum to showcase their raw and engaging recovery-themed work. The event also featured various speakers and a tent where attendees could access valuable resources to deal with addiction in their lives and families. Above all, it was a much-needed reminder of the strength, talent and viability of the recovery community both on a collective and individual basis….
A day after recognizing International Awareness Day, Recovery Unplugged is now fittingly observer another important event within the recovery community.
This September marks the 27th annual National Recovery Month. Recovery Unplugged encourages all to lend their support and get involved. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Recovery Month is a 30-day call to action in which communities all over the country are encouraged to educate themselves about addiction while recognizing the extraordinary strength and courage of those in recovery. The event is also an opportunity to shed some light on many of the lesser-discussed aspects of addiction, including family involvement, associated mental illnesses, specifically vulnerable populations and ways to prevent substance abuse in individual communities….
September has been designated National Recovery Month by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Now in its 27th year,…
When we buy a record or a ticket to a live show, we tend to focus only on the finished product: the way the beat drops, the way the lyrics cut and resonate, the way the production evokes inexplicable emotion. Very few of us are thinking about what it took for the musicians to gain the confidence and impetus they needed to write the music, record it, get on stage to perform, and to keep performing. While we’re not so naïve as to ignore the decades-long relationship between popular music and substance abuse, it’s hard to imagine that this relationship can start so early. After speaking with hip-hop pioneer and founding member of Run-DMC, Darryl McDaniels, it became painfully clear just how deep this relationship often runs. What stood out most from our conversation, however, was the demonstration of music’s power to save lives rather than complicate them….
Summer is when touring musicians of all stripes hit the road to connect with their fans and expect their audiences. Touring is a fact of life for most musicians, and a great way stay immersed in their music while taking it to new cities and listeners; it can also be challenging for musicians who are in recovery, regardless of how far along they are on their journey….
Treatment teaches us many new things. It teaches us how to love ourselves, it teaches how to live each day in recovery, and it teaches things about ourselves we would have never otherwise discovered without confronting the root causes of our addiction. One of the more tangible and practical things that treatment can teach us is new ways to keep ourselves healthy and centered after we leave our programs. Treatment exposes us to new supplemental therapies in which we can further immerse ourselves to sustain balanced overall health. Our recovery journeys are made all the easier when we’re firing on all cylinders and practicing balanced physical and psychological wellness….
College, that is where I saw myself start to degenerate and fall (among many of my “friends”). I remember feeling free to do what I wanted and at that point it was smoke and drink all that day. However nothing goes as planned and it felt like a horror movie after a couple years with “friends” being picked off one by one by one (due to drunk driving, overdose, etc.). By the end (of college into graduate school) things had changed for me too and I was the sober one. Being the sober one was amazing, hilarious at times, and scary….
“These men and women were not hardened criminals,” Obama said in his Facebook Video “but the overwhelming majority had been sentenced to at least 20 years—14 of them had been sentenced to life—for nonviolent drug offenses. So their punishments didn’t fit the crime, and if they’d been sentenced under today’s laws, all of them would have already served their time.”
Yesterday President Obama commuted the sentences for 46 drug offenders. Mandatory minimums in court affect drug offenders more than anyone else. Federal minimum sentencing has taken nonviolent drug offenders and funneled them into decade or life sentences. This is an early step towards complete criminal justice reform. This is a great change in thought however there are still over 3,000 non-violent drug offenders in federal prison serving life in prison….
On Friday, April 17 the Family Law Section of BCBA held another sold-out full day seminar & reception event called Raising the Bar. Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center is a full year sponsor of the Broward County Bar Association. The Broward County Bar Association, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1925 to foster courtesy, ethics, and professionalism among Broward County lawyers, to educate the citizens of Broward County on their legal rights, and to provide necessary legal services to Broward County’s residents….
Scarlet Gleeson, Director of Business Development at Recovery Unplugged, attended a meeting at the White House on January 21, 2015, hosted by the ONDCP (Office of the National Drug Control Policy) and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services).
The panel of esteemed experts discussed how treatment professionals can help our community access insurance through the ACA, and the need to be informed about the Parity Act and our rights to coverage for substance use disorders….