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No Matter What

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 20:52 PM

By Jason Hyland   My life back in July of 2017 was very different from how it is today. I was suffering, depressed and suicidal. I was a mess! The grip of my addiction disorder had become so powerful that I didn’t recognize my broken life. My days were spent fighting off misery when I […]

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Summertime Blues: Dealing With Loneliness When Everyone Else is Having Fun in the Sun

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 16:05 PM

By: Stephanie Thomas Tell me: What’s the first song that comes to mind when you think of summer? My thoughts begin and end with The Beach Boys — including a quick detour to celebrate the last day of school with Alice Cooper. Maybe you’re cooler than me, humming Summer Love by JT. Either way, expectations […]

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How Running Can Give You the Boost You Need to Succeed in Addiction Recovery

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 15:38 PM

By Becca Owens Oftentimes, recovery is compared to the life of a runner — it’s more like a marathon than a sprint. Although the metaphor is significant on its own, running can quite literally become one of the most helpful tools for individuals fighting through recovery one day and one stride at a time. Health […]

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Quick Guide: Your First Trip in Recovery When No One Is Watching

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 17:40 PM

By Martha McLaughlin It’s normal to be nervous about taking a trip when you’re in recovery from addiction. Your routine will change, and the temptations may be different from those you’re used to dealing with at home. Preparation is key, and thinking through who, what, when, where and why before your trip can help you […]

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Veterans With PTSD Deserve Our Respect on the Fourth of July

Posted on July 02, 2018 at 22:15 PM

  Welcome to July. The month where business at the local fireworks stand picks up and teenagers in your neighborhood plan for a weeklong Fourth of July celebration. Yep, we’re a country of folks who love to indulge in a little bar-b-que, beer and bottle rockets. Indulge away, but keep this one thing in mind: […]

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Do You Feel Loneliness When You Can’t Drink in Social Settings?

Posted on June 18, 2018 at 18:15 PM

By Pat Matuszak Loneliness can be defined as feeling a loss of connection while experiencing a longing for relationship with others. It’s a common experience that most people have, and it may be universal when you have gone through a major life transition like living in recovery from alcohol addiction.1 Why you might feel lonely […]

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How to Engage Your Support System in Recovery

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 18:12 PM

By Pat Matuszak   When you hear the term “support group,” you might picture a circle of chairs in a counseling setting with a therapist prodding each person to share about particular subjects. That’s an understandable generalization, but support groups comes in a wide variety of configurations. In fact, by some standards, you may already […]

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L+C to Host Recovery Coach Academy

Posted on June 08, 2018 at 21:36 PM

The Life Challenge program is set to host the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recover (CCAR) Recovery Coach Academy.  Recovery Coach Academy is a 4-day intensive Peer Recovery Coach training program that provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to expand their ability to guide, mentor  and support anyone who would like to start or sustain long-term recovery […]

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15 Fun Activities for a Sober Summertime

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 18:48 PM

By Stephanie Thomas So, you finally kicked addiction’s tail. Go, you! Maybe you spent the winter in hibernation, getting healthy and strong. But summer is here, folks, and it’s time to emerge from your safe space. Let’s soak up some sun and have a little fun, shall we? And yeah, we hear you. Plenty of […]

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Challenges Women Face After Recovery

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 21:17 PM

  By Cindy Coloma Marie stared down into her glass of seltzer water, poking a lime with her straw. She smiled weakly while the other women from the office ordered another round of drinks. “Cheers!” yelled Cynthia, holding up a glass. “Here’s to Friday and some special time just for mommy!” The bar erupted in […]

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