The Mediterranean Diet

healthy eating for rehabilitation

May is National Mediterranean Diet Month. The purpose is to increase awareness of the health benefits of this tasty way of eating. The diet is inspired by the eating habits of Greece, Italy, and Spain in the 1950’s. People from the Greek Island of Crete were considered one of the healthiest people on the planet … Read more

How Substance Abuse Affects the Children

Children and Rehab

Parenting is the toughest job in the world. Many times parents that have substance abuse issues only think of the short-term effects that it will have on their kids. Once a parent gets into recovery, many believe that the negative impact on their children have left along with their substance use. Statistics show that children … Read more

Mothers, Daughters, and Recovery: It’s All Relative

The mother-daughter bond is as wondrous as it is complex. You share more than just genetics; you both carry the torch of womanhood. And though gender roles and customs change with the times, you’ll never outgrow the fact that she made you into the person you are today. That’s why it becomes increasingly complicated when … Read more

When You Discover Your Child is an Addict

parents finding son or daughter is addicted to drugs or alcohol

It’s our worst fear; discovering your son or daughter is an addict. What do you do? Who can you turn to? And how do you help them? The News Herald tells the harrowing story of Sharon Whisnant who had to deal with a son who would demand her pain pills. Says Whisnant, “I thought I … Read more

Pregnant and Addicted

pregnancy complications with alcohol or drugs

Pregnancy and addiction are two things that, in a perfect world, should stay far, far away from each other. But we don’t live in a perfect world; we live in the real one, which means that tragedy often goes hand-in-hand with majesty. Amanda Hensley, 25, began abusing prescription painkillers as a teenager. And according to … Read more

Raving Without Drugs

Drug Free music Appreciation at Raves

You love music. Who doesn’t? But the raves you once attended were also just as much about the drug culture and now you’ve been in recovery for a year, you’re about ready to try raving again – only, of course, this time, without the drugs. So what can you do ahead of time to help … Read more

Colorful Choices

colorful choices for a diet for a recovering addict

Just 1 in 10 American adults meet the federal fruit and vegetable recommendations according to the CDC. The minimum daily intake of a combination of fruits and vegetables per day should be 5 (1/2 c) servings, yet it isn’t happening. The USDA reports that potatoes are the number one consumed vegetable, which I personally put … Read more

Food Addiction Co-occurring with Drug Addiction

occurring drug and food addiction

In a time where physical appearance holds so much weight a lot of people develop eating disorders without even realizing. It usually begins with a minor change in diet and the desire to improve one’s physique which can lead to many people developing a toxic relationship with food.      Anorexia – purposely starving oneself;      Bulimia – … Read more

The 8 Ball And Orange Juice Diet

the orange Juice and eight ball cocaine diet

I don’t remember much about being 24. I do remember coming home to my husband on our one year wedding anniversary blue in the face and dying in my arms from a heroin overdose. But let me backtrack. By the age of 16, I had progressed from Vivarin and laxatives to full-blown Frosties and purging … Read more

Black Balloon Day – Remembering Overdose-Related Deaths

remembering overdose related deaths black balloon day

Oftentimes, balloons can represent happiness, joy, and even freedom; but Black Balloon Day, held annually on March 6th, represents those who have overdosed and died, and those impacted by overdose-related deaths, as well as to show support for those who have lost loved ones. According to Overdose Lifeline Inc, Black Balloon Day was started by … Read more