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The Permanent Damage Of Addiction

It's a sad fact, but years of substance abuse and/or alcoholism can do severe damage to your body. Thankfully the cravings can be conquered, with proper recovery and treatment. But what about the permanent health effects that may occur afterward? It's certainly a tough topic...

New Alcoholism Stroke Risks

We all know that alcoholism can have devastating effects on the liver, but were you also aware that regular drinking can greatly increase the chances of a stroke? According to CNN, that is a very real risk for those who consume alcohol on a daily...

The Importance Of Addiction Research

If you follow our blogs, then you're well aware of the research stories that we regularly publish. Progress in this field is absolutely fascinating and can make a real difference in the way we view recovery treatments. Well, of course, those studies need to have...

The Power Of ‘Equine Therapy’

There is no denying that certain animals can bring a real sense of healing for those in recovery. We have seen it ourselves with practices like Wolf Therapy, or even with dogs and cats. Well, as new research out of Canada is showing, horses appear...

‘American Idol’ Embraces Sobriety

Every now and then, a certain song emerges that truly touches people who have gone through an addiction struggle. It definitely requires the perfect balance of vocals, instrumentation and lyrics to do the trick and there is no doubt that Demi Lovato's "Sober" has made...

The ‘Decriminalizing’ Conversation

As more candidates take center stage for the 2020 presidential election, addiction continues to be a hot topic. And rightly so, as America's opioid epidemic is claiming tens of thousands of lives each year. Democratic hopeful Andrew Yang made headlines this week, in fact, by...

How ‘Soberchella’ Changed The Game

This past weekend, one the biggest trending topics in the country was the Indio-based Coachella concert. For two wild days, music's biggest artists descended upon the desert to perform and unify crowds of all ages. But this last event actually marked an important milestone. 2019...

Laser Treatments Explored To ‘Reverse’ Alcoholism

Over the past several decades, there have been plenty of unorthodox recovery methods attempted by researchers aiming to combat addictions. And this week, a highly unusual experiment made headlines involving lab rats and lasers. Interestingly enough, it proved quite successful in its early stages and...

New DUI Tech May Be Going Mainstream

There is no denying that getting behind the wheel while intoxicated can cause tremendous damage; not only for the driver, but for those around them. That's why many law enforcement officials have sanctioned special devices in the cars of convicted DUI offenders that force them...

A Cultural Study On Gambling Addictions

Could it be that certain cultures are more prone to forming a gambling addiction than others? You'd think the answer would be no, but new research coming from NPR claims that, for certain Southeast Asian Refugees, an alarming trend has emerging.   Singling out families who arrive from countries like Vietnam...

Recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month

For over 30 years now, April has held a special significance for those who have conquered (or are hoping to conquer) a drinking addiction. From now until the 30th, advocates and activists are taking part in Alcohol Awareness Month; pushing messages front and center through print,...

Massachusetts Begins New Prison Recovery Program

We always keep our eye out for innovative sobriety tactics happening throughout the country. And this past week, Massachusetts made headlines for kicking off a revolutionary new recovery program within their prison system.   In partnership with the state's Department of Corrections, local officials will now be offering opioid...

Addiction Warning Signs At The Workplace

If you think about it, a majority of our weekly lives are spent working at the job. It can easily consume as many as eight hours a day, putting you in close (and constant) proximity with office mates and fellow employees. Sadly with America's addiction...

A ‘Sober Curious’ Movement Is Emerging

It is common knowledge that "supply and demand" drives how modern businesses operate. And in recent months, that model appears to shifting away from wine and spirits. Bars now specialize in making more booze-free mocktails, non-alcoholic beer sales are on the rise and a newer...

Opioid Lawsuit May Cost Purdue Pharma $270 Million

This week may have marked a major victory for those who have been impacted by the country's opioid crisis. Per several major news sites, pharmaceutical behemoth Purdue Pharma has now agreed to settle their lawsuit brought by the Oklahoma attorney general for a whopping $270 million. Purdue, as...

Addiction Recovery Through Art

If you're familiar with our practices at VRC, then you're well aware of the Art Therapy program we have in place and how it has helped countless alumni successfully complete their recovery journeys. Well, truth be told, it's a practice that's seeing success nationwide. And even more exciting...

Meth Seizures Are On The Rise

Tragically, drug abuse can cause damage on multiple levels. We are all aware of the life threatening dangers of an overdose, but let's not forget about the tremendous physical toll an addiction-related seizure can have. Serious after effects can include paralysis, brain damage and heart...

Clean Living Through Ice Climbing

Over the history of our blogs, we've explored many unconventional ways to overcome addictions. Whether it's wolf therapy, archery or what have you; a physical outlet can be a very good thing when you need to erase a bad habit from your psyche. And over...

Fresno School Takes Stand Against Alcoholism

It is nice to see recovery advocates take a stand on a local level. And in our home state of California, students from Fresno-based Roosevelt High School are sending out a clear message about the dangers of alcohol. To their credit, the campaign has become so notable...