Back to School Doesn’t Have to Mean Back to Stigma
It was late one weekday. I had just gotten up from one of my long naps that characterized countless vain attempts to sleep away depressive thoughts. I got out of bed and took several steps to the door. Instantly, thoughts flooded my mind and the image of that kid at school who didn’t return my […]
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Resilience: Paving the Road to Recovery
Recovery can mean many different things for many different people. At the National Council for Behavioral Health, we believe that recovery encompasses so much more than a 12-step program; it’s an everyday commitment to health. “Recovery must be the expectation – not the exception – for every individual who experiences active addiction,” wrote Tom Hill, […]
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Raising the Curtain on Recovery
The most important thing to know about me is that I am a person in long-term recovery from addiction. That means that this month – June 2017 – I celebrate 25 continuous years without mind-altering substances. But my life in recovery has meant so much more than not using substances. It’s meant being comfortable in […]
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Supporting Our Students in Recovery
As I sit here in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport, waiting to board my last flight to Charleston, South Carolina, I cannot help but be reminded of what it was like to be an 18-year-old with a substance use disorder (SUD) headed to her first semester as an undergrad. I began using drugs and alcohol […]
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Fragile to Fierce: More than a Decade with Sweet Judy Blue Eyes
For many of us, Judy Collins — Sweet Judy Blue Eyes — sang the soundtrack of our youth. Her crisp, clear almost ethereal voice spoke to our hopes and fears in the eloquent “Both Sides Now.” But beyond those crystalline vocals, behind those spellbinding blue eyes, was an unquiet soul. At 14, she attempted suicide. […]
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The Power to Choose
Last week, my heart, along with the heart of our nation, broke. We must create healing environments to heal as human beings and as caregivers. We must pay attention to our own recovery from the tragedies we keep experiencing as a nation.
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Achieving Harmony: The Power of Peer Support in Whole Health Action Management
Solo artists make it look easy, but playing music isn’t a one-person show. Artists from Bob Dylan to George Michael to Britney Spears to Justin Bieber all depend on the efforts of professional musicians to accompany them live and in the studio. Artists rarely carry the heavy weight of performance by themselves. Similarly, one person […]
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We’ve got your back.
When I was eighteen, like many young folks, I left my hometown in the coal fields of West Virginia to pursue a college degree. Energized by the prospect of being independent, meeting new people, and following my passion for religion and theology, I loaded my Chevy up and headed two hours north to a small […]
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