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More Americans with Substance Use Disorders, Mental Illness Got Insurance Under ACA

More people with substance use disorders and mental illness had insurance coverage in 2014 because of the expansion of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a new study finds. Many barriers to treatment remain, according to...Show More Summary

Study: 28 Percent of American Adults, 9 Percent of Teens Use Tobacco

Twenty-eight percent of American adults, and 9 percent of teens, use tobacco products, according to a new survey. Researchers found 40 percent of people who use tobacco say they use more than one product. Cigarettes and e-cigarettesShow More Summary

Blue Skies Smilin’ at Me, Nothing But Blue Skies Do I See… for Ellie

Ellie told me a story last night. A vignette about her sister Evie, who was mentoring a group of three-year olds at their school. She said Evie asked one little girl, “What color is an apple?” The little girl said, “Red.” Evie said, “Good. Show More Summary

What You Need to Know About Fentanyl

As the opioid epidemic rages on, concern about the drug fentanyl continues to rise.  One of the most powerful and deadly substances of the opioid class, fentanyl has been linked to numerous fatal overdoses in recent years. Here is an overview of the strong pain medication and why it’s a growing concern amongst law enforcement. … Continued

Alternatives: Moderate Drinking Treatment Hits Los Angeles

Nearly all addiction treatment in the U.S. is abstinence-based but abstinence is the least likely outcome for those with substance-related problems. Moderation treatment is better.

Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University studied over 700 young adults’...

When All Else Fails, Ask Yourself, “Is the Plane Still Flying?”

I got an email yesterday from Johnny, with some good advice. He didn’t say it, but I think he was responding to my most recent blog posts. They have not been happy-chappy, exclamatory or even particularly positive. I have not been a champion of recovery lately. Show More Summary

Researcher finds potential way to reduce drug cravings

A new preclinical study shows that vagus nerve stimulation therapy might have the potential to help people overcome drug addiction by helping them learn new behaviors to replace those associated with seeking drugs.

Living and being ok with being honest

I got myself through the probation time and had the tax audit. Both worked out fine. And in both I have been nothing less than absolutely honest. I think this is one of the nicest things of sobriety: not to … Continue reading ?

WIN a Casino Rama Resort Stay Valued $645

This past weekend we went to Casino Rama Resort in Orillia, Ontario with my mother in law and her partner to celebrate my mother in law’s birthday. It was their first visit and they were overwhelmed by the resort’s amenities and the luxury. Show More Summary

I’m Doing the Work, I’m Baby Stepping – I Need I NEED…

Because I am a masochist, I was looking at photos of my recent  trip to Palm Beach this weekend. A weekend that was marked, in Michigan where I live, by dense fog, thickened rain, naked trees and gray, gray, gray. The photo above isShow More Summary

Icelandic approach to addiction

Hi, I found this article on the beautiful way Iceland has drastically brought down the number of smoking, drinking and drug using kids. Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening In … Continue reading ?

An Interview with Fitness Superstar Leandro Carlvaho on Wellness

Fitness superstar Leandro Carvalho visited Mountainside treatment center in December 2016 to lead clients and staff in several energizing workout sessions as part of Mountainside’s First Annual Holiday Fitness Festival. Carvalho is an expert in his field, and he was generous in sharing his fitness know-how with the Mountainside community. Show More Summary

SGR Ep116 - 6 Tips to Quit Drinking in 24 Hours

In this episode, Shane makes a couple of announcements and provides resources for those seeking recovery from addiction. He also explains the 6 Quick Tips to Quit Drinking guide, and how it can help you get on the right path to a lifestyle change free from alcohol and drugs. For more resources and to download the FREE guide, go to  

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