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Sober Influencers Take Over Instagram

Sober influencers say sobriety is cool. But where does that leave people who are struggling with addiction? The Making of a Sober Influencer Sobriety is having a moment, writes Vox’s Molly McHugh. So it only makes sense that we’d see a rise in sober influencers. That rise is especially evident on Instagram, de facto originator of the influencer. Take Austin Cooper. After rehab Cooper soon decided he wanted to share about his own sobriety. So he took to Instagram and…
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John Hood
John Hood, on June 20, 2019

What is a Ropes Challenge Course?

Ropes Course? Challenge Course? Ropes Challenge Course? Whatever the name, this adventure therapy method is changing the face of recovery. Ropes Challenge Courses: An Introduction Modern day ropes challenge courses (also referred to as ropes courses or challenge courses) started to come of age in the 1980s, but their origins trace back to Ancient Greece. Back then ropes course were used to train the military. And highly intensive challenge courses continue to be employed by world militaries to this day….
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John Hood
John Hood, on June 19, 2019

A Recovering Addict Looks at Rocketman

Recovering addict Vic Vela took a good hard look at Rocketman and was often driven to tears. He also found a lot of hope. Rocketman: The Recovering Addict’s Perspective Vic Vela doesn’t “know anything about being a famous rock star or having millions of dollars.” He doesn’t know anything “about writing songs that people sing in the shower or perform at weddings or anything like that” either. But there were moments in the movie Rocketman where the recovering addict was…
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John Hood
John Hood, on June 17, 2019

Substance Use Disorder: More Research, Better Treatment

Substance use disorder experts say more research and better treatment integration will improve addiction recovery outcomes. That’s why we do both. Substance Use Disorder: Research & Treatment Allegheny General is the flagship hospital of the Allegheny Health Network (AHN). It’s also home to the medical system’s Center for Inclusion Health. The Center aims to integrate marginalized patients into general care settings. Considering most of those marginalized patients are addicts and/or alcoholics, the Center’s staff knows a thing or two about…
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John Hood
John Hood, on June 15, 2019

What’s in a Relapse Prevention Program?

Healing Properties’ one-of-a-kind Relapse Prevention Program significantly reduces the risk of addiction relapse. Find out how now! Relapse Prevention Program Are you just coming back from an unfortunate relapse? We get it. Is this your first time getting sober and you’re afraid it might not be the last? We get that too. Regardless of whether you’re just coming back from a relapse or fearful of future relapses, we’ve got news for you: Relapse is NOT a part of Recovery. It’s…
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John Hood
John Hood, on June 12, 2019

America Recovers

America Recovers would aim to end the stigma of addiction and get people into recovery. So how come it’s only happening in Georgia? Georgia Recovers The Peach State just launched a new public service initiative. It’s called Georgia Recovers. And it aims to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and encourage people to seek help for alcohol and drug problems. The campaign will incorporate billboards, social media messaging and videos, as well as a website. It might also prove to be…
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John Hood
John Hood, on June 11, 2019

Happy AA Founders Day!

This weekend legions of addicts and alcoholics will be descending upon Akron, Ohio for AA Founders Day. It’ll be the 84th of such occasions. And yet another glorious way to celebrate the miracle of sobriety. The Founding of AA Alcoholics Anonymous traces its origins to an early 20th century religious movement called the Oxford Group. Members of the Oxford Group concocted and practiced a self-improvement formula that included performing self-inventory, admitting wrongs, making amends, using prayer and meditation, as well…
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John Hood
John Hood, on June 8, 2019

What’s in an Aftercare / Outpatient Program (OP)?

There are more than a few essential components to an effective Aftercare / Outpatient Program. Read on to find out just what they are. Aftercare vs Outpatient Program On the one hand, Aftercare Programs and Outpatient Programs (OP) are two sides of the same coin. Both gear you up to handle sobriety, as well as day-to-day life. And both can follow an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). On the other hand, Aftercare best follows an Outpatient Program. It also complements OP….
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John Hood
John Hood, on June 6, 2019

Sober in Delray Beach

Two kids. Two careers. And nearly two decades of sobriety between them. Jim and Tara Scanzillo have become the epitome of sober in Delray Beach. And yes, they’re married to boot! Getting Sober in Delray Beach Like a lot of addicts and alcoholics, Jim and Tara came down to Delray Beach for one reason and one reason only: to get sober. Jim had come from Tewksbury, north of Boston. Tara came from Chicago. And while Chicago might be the bigger…
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John Hood
John Hood, on June 4, 2019

What is Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

Healing Properties Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is where you’ll learn how to walk the walk that will permit you to live the life — the life beyond your wildest dreams. IOP at HP: An Overview That’s right. IOP at HP is where you’ll solidify everything you’ve learned about your addiction and advance down the road to true and unmitigated recovery. In other words, IOP will provide you the opportunity to use the recovery tools you’ve been given, whether that was…
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John Hood
John Hood, on May 31, 2019

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