National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month

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During National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month in October, The White House made a proclamation, that in part stated, “We know that delaying substance use until after adolescence, when the…

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David Van Der Velde on Stigma and Addiction Recovery

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"Regardless of the path you or your loved one take to find a long-term recovery solution from substance use disorder, compassion and forgiveness as the watchwords will help all involved…

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The Hero’s Journey and Addiction Recovery

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Awakening Recovery's Executive Director and Co-Founder David Van Der Velde recently published a thought-provoking essay on how recovery from a substance use disorder is like a "Hero's Journey" paradigm.  Those…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences as it Relates to Addiction Recovery
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Adverse Childhood Experiences as it Relates to Addiction Recovery

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About half of those that experience a substance or alcohol use disorder (SUD and AUD respectively) also known as drug addiction and alcoholism, experience a co-occurring mental health disorder. Additionally, up to…

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The Stigma of Faith in Addiction Recovery

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Growing up I was a seeker and had a sense of a Higher Power that today I choose to call God.  As I experienced my childhood and adolescent years, however,…

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The Role of Friends And Family in Early Recovery
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The Role of Friends And Family in Early Recovery

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The American Medical Association defines alcoholism as a disease and the National Institute of Health (NIH) defines Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) as a complex disease, yet there is still much…

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