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HOW THIS MODEL AND ACTRESS LOST MORE THAN 100 POUNDS
Posted on 9/15/2016 By BY JENNIFER GIMENEZ AS TOLD TO ASHLEY OERMAN

This journey has made me realize that I am worth so much more than just my weight. It's OK to be me, and I'm beautiful the way I am. I've also started working with Royal Life Centers, a drug and alcohol treatment service. There’s no greater feeling than seeing hope restored in someone wh...

 

CALLING ALL WELLNESS WARRIORS
Posted on 8/22/2016 By Jackie Chelly

Taking your hands out of your pockets, and extending them out to an addict in need, may be one of the hardest things for families and friends to do.  Why is that?  Don’t they want to help people they love? The simple answer is, “Yes.” The more common, and likely scenario,...

 

THE HARDEST ADDICTION TO RID OF IS YOUR OWN!
Posted on 8/12/2016 By Jackie Chelly

In the realms of recovery, it is often suggested to help others as a means to help yourself.  Yes, I am talking about service actions. Still there can be a discrepancy when looking at the motives leading to the desire to help others.  In short, it is not helpful, or ok really, to lend a he...

 

AVOIDING BOREDOM IN STEADY SOBRIETY
Posted on 8/9/2016 By Jackie Chelly

  I will never forget a conversation I had with my older sister, while still head-deep in a life of welcomed chaos.  The mother of two and I were discussing her day plans one Saturday morning.  She began by telling me that she and the kids were going to go to the pool.  Not impr...

 

BLESSINGS IN RECOVERY WILL REQUIRE YOU TO USE NEW LIFE SKILLS
Posted on 8/3/2016 By Jackie Chelly

  In early recovery the good news that “life continues to happen” can be a double-edge sword right?  True, it is an absolute blessing that the gift of life is restored and promised, but life, for everyone, holds both good and bad circumstances.  So how are you going to ge...

 

BLESSINGS IN RECOVERY WILL REQUIRE YOUR LIFE SKILLS
Posted on 8/3/2016 By Jackie Chelly

In early recovery the good news that “life continues to happen” can be a double-edge sword right?  True, it is an absolute blessing that the gift of life is restored and promised, but life, for everyone, holds both good and bad circumstances.  So how are you going to get throug...

 

LEAVE YOUR PAST BEHIND, SO YOU CAN CLIMB!
Posted on 7/29/2016 By Jackie Chelly

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK AND MOVE ON! What does it mean when we say “give yourself a break?”  Does it mean that you should take a load off? Does it mean you should pause in your career, school or other obligations?  The answer is simple; absolutely NOT!  What it suggests is ...

 

KROKODIL IN THE US: WHAT WAS NOT HERE YET, IS NOW A THREAT!
Posted on 7/26/2016 By Jackie Chelly

KROKODIL COMES CLOSE TO HOME IN THE U.S. Overcoming addiction is not what it once was, and the warriors on the crusade to save lives have a battle that seems impossible at times.  Where there was once time for professionals and loved ones to reach the active addict before all hope was lost, th...

 

HEROIN INFUSED WITH FENTANYL: A DEADLY DUO
Posted on 7/21/2016 By Jackie Chelly

The fight on drugs has been ongoing for decades.  The success stories seem bleak; as new threats continue to seep into the markets.  As if heroin was not dangerous enough, a new and deadly addition has joined hands with it causing, even more, deaths.  Fentanyl is not foreign to the me...

 

THE FENTANYL EPIDEMIC HAS USERS HERE TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW
Posted on 7/19/2016 By Jackie Chelly

It’s the trend turned epidemic that we can no longer give a blind eye to. It’s killing our community members young and old, rich and poor and people of all races.  It is coming from prestigious, trusted doctors in the medical field, and it trumping the once dominating lethal street ...

 

FROM IV DRIPS TO DRIPPING SWEAT: FITNESS IN RECOVERY PROVES TO HEAL
Posted on 7/18/2016 By Jackie Chelly

One common denominator, in most testimonies from those struggling with, or overcoming drug addiction, is that they were searching for a high or a rush.  Clearly they are searching in the wrong places, but the desire to feel that rush may not be such a bad thing after all.  Most substances...

 

HEROES ARE HUMAN
Posted on 7/14/2016 By Jackie Shoop

HEROES ARE HUMAN  How many people have we seen fall from the disease of addiction?  The numbers are astronomical!  What is even more astounding, is that most continue to subscribe to the false notion that our “heroes” are immune to the destruction of addiction. Oscar De ...

 

FROM TWIST-CAPS TO NEEDLES- PRESCRIPTION USE LEADS TO HEROIN
Posted on 7/14/2016 By Jackie Shoop

From Twist-Caps to Needles- Prescription Use Leads to Heroin Drug addiction is an undeniable epidemic. The number of victims suffering from this disease is devastating.  What is even more devastating is the number of fatalities, and the numbers are only rising.  Last year, the number of h...

 

NOBODY SAID IT WAS EASY. THEY JUST SAID IT WAY POSSIBLE!
Posted on 7/11/2016 By Jackie Shoop

Sobriety does not guarantee a problem-free life. How many times have we all said and heard, “It wasn’t supposed to be like this” in recovery?  The question that needs to be presented is, “What is it SUPPOSED to be like?”  What does sobriety promise?  The...

 

CNBC REPORTS - FDA MAY APPROVE IMPLANTABLE DRUG TO EASE OPIOID WITHDRAWAL
Posted on 5/10/2016 By Dan Mangan - CNBC Reporter

  A drug that has shown success in helping opioid addicts control their dependence on heroin and painkillers soon could see increased use by patients and adoption by doctors if federal authorities approve a new delivery method for the medication. The medication, called Probuphine, would be ...

 

SHOULD DRUG DEALERS RECEIVE MANDATORY JAIL SENTENCES FOR DRUG OVERDOSE RELATED DEATHS?
Posted on 4/19/2016 By Staff

Toledoan sentenced in heroin death: Is any time enough time?   Almost daily, without google searching, I fall upon an article related to another death by heroin.  I try to note that I live in South Florida, the self-proclaimed recovery/relapse capital of the world, but lately it holds no...

 

HOW DR. SEUSS HELPS ME SURRENDER TO SOBRIETY
Posted on 4/13/2016 By Staff

“The Only Way We Will Ever Stand, Is On Our Knees with Lifted Hands.”  Let’s talk about the word surrender.  It’s got a bad rap.  When you think of winning a battle, surrender is the last road that you think will lead you there.  It may not be a wise rout...

 

SIMPLE RECOVERY TOOLS THAT CAN HELP YOU STAY CLEAN AND SOBER
Posted on 4/13/2016 By Staff

If You Learn To Cope, You Have Hope! In the beginning, recovery is simply about getting toxins out of your system without adding more.  That in itself is a task that takes all willpower and willingness.  So what happens after, when your feelings begin to emerge and the path in front of yo...

 

CAN’T STOP ADDICTED TO THE SHINDIG
Posted on 4/6/2016 By Staff Writer

Ever notice that your daily routines and patterns don’t feel the same when you get sober? You know, things like sleeping in until noon, staying up after midnight, grubbing out on fried food, gossiping about others, etc. The list can go on and on. It’s a pretty sticky situation to sit in,...

 

HEROIN ADDICT WHOSE STORY TOUCHED PRESIDENT OBAMA SUCCUMBS TO DRUG ADDICTION
Posted on 3/29/2016 By Todd McFliker

In October, an emotional President Obama was moved by former West Virginia state senator David Grubb and his daughter’s fight against drug addiction. At a forum to discuss the opioid epidemic in Charleston over the fall, Jessica Grubb’s heroin addiction became national news as her father...

 

NEW YORK IS COMBATING DRUG ABUSE WITH ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTIONS
Posted on 3/28/2016 By Todd McFliker

Prescription Drug Abuse Is A Problem Nationwide No longer will doctors’ handwritten scribble be a legal form for obtaining drugs in the Empire State. As of March 27, 2016, doctors in New York will have to file each and every one of their prescriptions electronically in order to prevent indivi...

 

TORONTO MAYOR AND STRUGGLING DRUG ADDICT ROB FORD PASSED AWAY THIS WEEK
Posted on 3/23/2016 By Todd McFliker

 Former Toronto Mayor  and Struggling Addict Rob Ford Lost His Life to Cancer This Week Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford who passed away yesterday at the age of 46. Ford was known to be a walking train wreck who got himself into all ...

 

SOBER CELEBRITY STEVE-O RECALLS STORY FROM ADDICTION: LOCKED IN BATHROOM WITH
Posted on 3/22/2016 By Todd McFliker

This morning, USA Today posted a story about the now-sober Jackass star Steve “Steve-O” Glover doing drugs with former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. According to reporter, Luke Kerr-Dineen, the famous drug addict shared colorful tales with GC last week about smoking loads of cocaine...

 

MOMS OF ADDICTS SHARE THEIR EMOTIONAL STORIES
Posted on 3/22/2016 By Todd McFliker

Realizing My Child is a Drug Addict What could be worse than facing an adult child’s drug or alcohol addiction? Dealing with any son or daughter’s addiction is heartbreaking. There is nothing that can fix seeing your baby turn into an addict. The first, and perhaps the most important th...

 

ERIC CLAPTON’S BATTLE WITH OVERCOMING DRUG ADDICTION
Posted on 3/21/2016 By Todd McFliker

Known as a rock god, blues guitarist Eric Clapton has successfully overcome his nasty addictions to drugs and alcohol. Despite his personal battles, he remains one of the most legendary musicians on today’s global touring circuit. Not only has Clapton been clean and sober for decades, he&rsquo...

 

DEMI LOVATO CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS CLEAN AND SOBER!
Posted on 3/18/2016 By Todd McFliker

Demi Lovato: Four Years Clean and Sober Tuesday, the Ides of March, marked 4 years of sobriety for superstar Demi Lovato. The world famous 23 year old first grew to fame in 2008 on the Disney Channel’s Camp Rock. She later became a rock star, as well as a television and movie personality, inc...

 

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR WANTS TO TREAT ADDICTS WITH COMPASSION INSTEAD OF PUNISHMENT
Posted on 3/18/2016 By Todd McFliker

Chris Christie Hopes to Push Addiction Treatment, Not Punishment In the fall, Chris Christie spoke out on drug rehabilitation to New Hampshire voters. The Governor of New Jersey shared the heartbreaking story of his own mother’s personal troubles with cigarettes. He explained her losing the f...

 

JIMI HENDRIX: MUSICAL GENIUS AND FAMOUS ADDICT
Posted on 3/17/2016 By Todd McFliker

Jimi Hendrix: Musical Genius and Famous Addict Generally regarded as the single greatest guitarist to ever live, James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix passed away too soon. After headlining the historic Woodstock Festival in 1969, the 27 year old sensation suffered an accidental death from barbiturate-rela...

 

THE SHORTAGE THAT IS AFFECTING DRUG ADDICTS NATIONWIDE
Posted on 2/24/2016 By Staff

You’d have to be living under a rock to not understand that Americans from all types of demographics and communities are struggling with a drug epidemic of huge proportions. The problem is wide spread and growing, things that only a decade ago people mistakenly believed were limited to large u...

 

THE STUPIDEST SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL I'VE EVER SEEN
Posted on 2/10/2016 By Staff

Opiate Addiction and the SuperBowl It’s common knowledge that Americans are using and abusing drugs at record rates. Unfortunately drug overdoses have far surpassed car accidents, gun violence, and just about every other cause of death that they keep statistics on.  Just about every comm...

 

COULD MAGNETS HELP TREAT ADDICTION?
Posted on 12/11/2015 By Staff

Could Magnets Help Treat Drug Addiction? Scientists are always uncovering new research and methods that hold promise for treating drug addiction. The newest study comes from Antonello Bonci, a researcher from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who ran an experiment where rats were made so addict...

 

SENATOR TOM COTTON HAS DISCOVERED THE ROOT CAUSE OF HEROIN ADDICTION: BEING ON SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
Posted on 11/10/2015 By Staff

As political races around the country heat up, politicians are ramping up the crazy and outlandish things they’ll say in front of an audience. It’s no surprise that politicians will pander to whatever audience they’re stumping for votes and dollars in front of, and a few political ...

 

RECOVERY MATH: SOME NUMBERS BEHIND MY SOBRIETY
Posted on 10/28/2015 By Staff

Recovery Math: A Detailed Breakdown of My Recovery From Drugs And Alcohol   I have been sober for a little over two and a half years.  Two years, three months, and 19 days to be precise. If you drill that number down even further, my sobriety is passing the 827 day mark, and hopefully I ...

 

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