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The Opioid Epidemic in Orange County By The Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

southern california beach view during opioid epidemic in orange county

We garnered some eye-opening statistics on opioids presented by Dr. Bharath Chakravarthy, a UC Irvine Health associate professor of clinical emergency medicine and public health in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Here’s an overview of how opioids affect communities in Orange County by the numbers: While our wish is that no one ever struggles with … Read more The Opioid Epidemic in Orange County By The Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Does Good Nutrition Look Like In The Recovery Process?

prepared plates of food for good nutrition for women in the recovery process

By Olivia Pennelle   I don’t like that word, nutrition. I think it signifies change and perfectionism to a lot of people in recovery. Even though we repeatedly hear about the benefits of eating well, it doesn’t necessarily make us jump up and reach for the quinoa. Yes, eating well reduces our risk of heart … Read more What Does Good Nutrition Look Like In The Recovery Process?

Asking For Help With Food In The Recovery Process

By Olivia Pennelle   My journey toward health and wellness in recovery has not been easy, and I certainly didn’t begin walking that path with a spring in my step. It has been my experience that food addiction is a subject we often do not want to look at. We also don’t want to look … Read more Asking For Help With Food In The Recovery Process

Casa Capri Hosts Family Weekend

Family Weekend Intensive starts tomorrow, February 17, at Casa Capri Recovery!   This three-day family relationship healing intensive brings together a group of families and gently guides members toward new ways of thinking about themselves in the family, to open understanding and communication, and foster healthier ways of relating and interacting. The goal is to … Read more Casa Capri Hosts Family Weekend

Recovery Spotlight: How I Lost 50 Pounds

By Olivia Pennelle   My second biggest challenge in recovery has been embarking upon the journey towards health and wellness. A subject we often do not want to face. As an addictive substance, food came first for me, it formed an unhealthy ‘coping’ strategy of mine. What was left after my addiction was 150 pounds … Read more Recovery Spotlight: How I Lost 50 Pounds

Ways To Get More Energy Naturally During Recovery

woman in recovery celebrates on balcony with arms open wide after discovering ways to get more energy naturally

by Olivia Pennelle I vividly recall my first two years of recovery as a time of immense change; mentally, physically and emotionally. In my previous post, I talked how recovery is more than changing addictive behaviors, our whole-self changes. My experience has been that, once that pink fluffy cloud of being in recovery had lifted, … Read more Ways To Get More Energy Naturally During Recovery

6 Ways I Have Fun Living The Sober Life

girl in car living sober life after learning how to enjoy life sober

by Carly Benson Getting sober is one thing. Maintaining a sober life means we must adapt to a new lifestyle without our old ways of ‘letting loose.’ The biggest fear most people have about stepping into a life of sobriety usually sounds like this: ‘But how will I have fun?‘ ‘What if they think I‘m … Read more 6 Ways I Have Fun Living The Sober Life

Recovery Is More Than Stopping Addictive Behaviors: Our Whole-Self Changes

By Olivia Pennelle   Change is synonymous with recovery. It is an inevitable part of the process. Not only do we change our relationship with alcohol and drugs, but we transform physically. Slowly, through incremental changes, we discover how to have a relationship with ourselves and to love and respect our bodies. These changes lead … Read more Recovery Is More Than Stopping Addictive Behaviors: Our Whole-Self Changes

The Importance Of Exercise In Recovery

woman working out shows importance of exercise in recovery

By Olivia Pennelle   When I landed in recovery, I was 150 overweight. I had drank, binged, and drugged my way to 300 pounds. Despite being in recovery, I was crippled with exhaustion, lethargy, anxiety and depression.   Once that pink fluffy cloud of being clean and sober had lifted, I was faced with the … Read more The Importance Of Exercise In Recovery