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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...

Public School Teachers Share Addiction Stories

They often say that public school teachers are on the front lines when it comes to issues plaguing American children. And in a recent survey, over 2,200 them admitted to seeing a sharp increase in the amount of students with addicted parents and caregivers. This...

UFC President Speaks Out On Addiction

With millions of viewers around the world, it's safe to say that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (aka the UFC) knows how to leave a lasting impact. And this month, company president Dana White is using that clout for a noble cause. Via viral YouTube videos and pre-rolls before fights, his...

Rewards During Recovery

We are always interested in hearing about new and unique approaches to recovery. And over in Canada, a noted treatment center is testing out a prize reward system for those who can successfully conquer their addictions. Obviously a tactic like this can sound controversial, but...

The Wrong Way To Treat Addiction

With the rise of the opioid crisis, it's natural to see more treatment clinics pop up with the intent to free people of their addictions. And while there are certainly scrupulous characters in the mix, there are also facilities that mean well but lack fundamental...

‘Black Balloon Day’ Honors Opioid Victims

This past week, you may have noticed a few extra black balloons in the sky (or at least on the news sites).  That's because a special nationwide tribute was held to honor those who have lost their lives to an opioid addiction. On Wednesday March...

Opioid Town Hall Brings Awareness To Epidemic

Historically, Town Halls have come to represent large conversations on topics that are shaping our nation. And true to form, one of the most high profile examples of that is the 55-minute opioid forum that was broadcast across local affiliate stations and the world wide web this...

Massive Fentanyl Bust In New York

What makes the synthetic opioid fentanyl so scary? The fact that just a small portion of it can cause tremendous damage. This past week in Westchester County, New York, authorities seized five kilograms of the substance from a local home. Though that doesn't sound like a hefty...

Google Maps Joins The Addiction Fight

When you think of new tools to combat addiction, Google Maps isn't something that immediately comes to mind. But the tech GPS app is making some strides for those who may fall prey to the country's opioid crisis. Thanks to a new feature update, the directional device...

Stone Cold Recovery

As we all know, recovery is nationwide and people in different states have different approaches on how to treat addiction. Over in Alaska, for example, a special movement is taking place which aims to remove stigmas and educate citizens about the power of treatment.   We've mentioned...