How to Approach New Year’s Goals If You’re in Recovery

By Jim Woods When you’re in recovery, the start of a new year brings both new opportunities and challenges. Wherever you are today, know that having a positive attitude plays an important role in your success. Let’s face it: The past is in the past. When you focus more on the decisions you make today,…

When Alcohol Abuse Comes Late In Life

By Cindy Coloma Your neighbor Alfred pours his third drink of the evening and settles into his recliner while flipping through news channels on the television. Soon, he will fall into a deep sleep for a few hours then wake up, stumble down the hall and fall into bed with his slippers still on. His…

Is It Stress or Are You Depressed?

By Wesley Gallagher Life is stressful. It’s OK to acknowledge that. Whether it’s periodic stress related to the holidays and special occasions, ongoing stress like a demanding job or an acutely stressful situation like a sudden illness or a serious family issue, stress is virtually impossible to avoid. Everyone deals with stress differently: Some thrive…

Understanding Employee Benefits for Addiction Treatment

Addiction has a way of spreading into every area of a person’s life, including family, social relationships and work. Because as many as 60 percent of people with chemical dependencies are employed full-time, employers must be prepared to address potential abuse and addiction among their employees.1 One Option: Employee Assistance Programs One way a company’s…

Protecting While Helping

By Carly Benson Substance abuse is a rapidly growing epidemic, and it impacts relationships between friends and family. It can be particularly disheartening when your spouse or partner develops a chemical dependency. Realizing that your partner is struggling with an addiction of any kind can be very confusing and painful. It’s important in these situations…

Smartphones and Anxious Kids: Mental Health Issues and the iGeneration

By Melissa Riddle Chalos Anyone who lives or interacts with pre-teens or teenagers on a daily basis knows that, as sure as there are hands at the ends of their arms, there are often smartphones in their hands. These kids have never known a world without the internet. A 2015 report from the Pew Research…

The Caterpillar Does All the Work, and the Butterfly Gets All the Applause

A lot of us were raised to believe the old dictum, “The squeaky wheel get’s the grease.” But as with any truth, there is a downside as well as an upside. The truth is the truth and doesn’t need to shout to be heard. And if you doubt this for a moment, remember a time…

The Benefits of Equine Therapy

When it comes to your recovery, you have a voice. You can participate in a variety of fun, interesting and, most importantly, effective therapy options. By combining traditional therapy with new, proven practices like equine therapy, recovery can be active and interactive. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as, “a primary, chronic…

Nashville Mayor Urges Honest Conversations About Addiction

By Melissa Riddle Chalos Addiction impacts everyone. Young and old people of every race, socio-economic strata and political persuasion. City dwellers, suburbanites and country folks. Your neighbors, loved ones and your kids. Recently, the opioid epidemic waved its deadly hand over Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s family. Her only son, Max, 22, died of a drug…

Opioids in the Workplace: What Role Do Businesses Play?

If last year’s number of opioid-related overdoses in the United States wasn’t staggering enough — as many as 50,000 were estimated — what’s equally unnerving is how widespread and decidedly mainstream prescription drug addiction has become. Overdoses — not cancer, not heart disease, not even car accidents—are now the leading cause of death for Americans…