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Elizabeth Vargas: Her Memoir of Panic and Addiction

by Jacy Bruck

Posted on September 23, 2016 at 16:33 PM

    Last week, Elizabeth Vargas released her new memoir, Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction. Vargas wrote a detailed rendition of her battle with alcoholism and anxiety. Her immense vulnerability and transparency has created a much needed conversation about substance abuse and mental health. For anyone who does not know, Vargas is […]

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Music & Recovery

by Jacy Bruck

Posted on September 16, 2016 at 15:55 PM

    Music is an outlet that allows people to feel, express, and better understand the emotions of themselves as well as others.  On a personal level, I use music as a form of therapy. When the world becomes a little bit too much to handle, I sing until I have worked out my frustrations. […]

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Writing your Story: The Benefits of Journaling

by Guest Author

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 21:09 PM

By: Kate Mills is an analytics specialist and content creator for the RECO Intensive Outpatient Program. Responsible for curating RECO’s social media accounts, website content, and blog posts, she spends her workdays writing for and interacting with the RECO community, and believes that everyone has a story to tell.     “The universe is made of stories, not […]

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10 Things to accomplish in the next 30 days

by Will Hart job

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 16:54 PM

    Find a new favorite artist As a huge music fan, I am always looking for a new favorite tune. And in today’s world of smart phones it is easier than ever to explore the changing world of music. I use Apple Music to fulfill all my musical needs, but there are plenty of […]

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Painting the Pain Away

by Carol Ricossa

Posted on August 01, 2016 at 10:30 AM

  As the Expressive Art Instructor at The Oaks at La Paloma, I spend time encouraging patients to be creative and teaching them to paint. Even if they are not artistically inclined, I believe that creating art is a great way for patients to express themselves. Recently, I had a patient who believed that she […]

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40 x 3 x 3

by Sarah Wilson

Posted on July 25, 2016 at 10:30 AM

40 minutes to think about things It takes me 40 minutes to drive to Black Bear Lodge from my home. I am lucky that I get to drive against the traffic, and the country roads leading up to the mountains are quiet in the morning. I left home around 6.45am today and the sun is […]

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Breathing and Mindfulness

by Hudson Jones

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 19:48 PM

  First, I want say that I am no expert on breathing techniques or mindfulness practices. I actually just adopted them into my life. But within the few weeks I have been meditating and doing breathing exercises, I have already felt tremendous positive changes. It’s not just me either. There seems to be a buzz […]

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Recovery’s Best Friend

by Will Hart job

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 21:55 PM

    Throughout history dogs have played a vital role in human life. From service dogs for people with disabilities, to police and army dogs who routinely save lives, to hunting dogs that track game, to your everyday household family dog, we use dogs to assist us in many different tasks. One of the most […]

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Pregnant In Recovery

by Carly Barnard

Posted on June 08, 2016 at 18:23 PM

Having a child was something I never thought I wanted. I spent years in active addiction, overwhelmed with hopelessness and fear. I was clouded with substances, and the last thing I was thinking about was bringing a child into the world. After 2 ½ years of being clean, working a program, building a support network, […]

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Goals in Early Recovery

by Guest Author

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 20:36 PM

By: Nadia Sheikh – content writer and web developer for Sober Nation.     Life in recovery isn’t easy at the beginning, whether you’re leaving treatment or getting sober on your own. Old habits die hard, and we can tend to slip back into our addict behaviors. Here are some goals to work towards in […]

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