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Drinking wine, spirits, and the like has been at the center of social occasions since the Greeks and Romans. Even on today’s healthy living scene, beer yoga, workouts-and-wine, and mindful cocktail nights foster engagement in what many love to call “healthy moderation.” But in a number of wellness circles, people are calling time on casual drinking, simply because it makes them […]

With just 4 questions, this simple self-test has nonetheless proven accurate in identifying usage patterns that may reflect problems with alcohol. Click here to take the test. The test specifically focuses on the use of alcohol, while a separate test focuses on non-alcohol drugs: “Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST)“.

As a young adult attending college, it felt liberating and exciting to drink to the point of intoxication. It was “typical” to binge drink, party, and use illicit substances while at university, particularly for students in a fraternity or sorority. After all, being part of an organization with deep historical roots and a wealth of […]

The Lighthouse has been a critical component to my recovery and it’s all about their approach, plan and execution. “What’s your day count? How many meetings today? Did you get any new AA member numbers? 90 in 90. Put your recovery first. Find a sponsor. ” The constant attention to working the program creates personal […]

For many executives, high stress and responsibility are coupled with a lavish lifestyle of travel and parties and open bars. In this setting, it can be that much more difficult to accept the truth of addiction, get help, and operate in this professional lifestyle without backsliding. It is critical to be able to recognize triggering […]

It’s easy to sweep drug addiction out of our minds, either feeling judgmental or indifferent about the stereotypical addict. We might imagine them as homeless…or at least wayward, and probably with a checkered employment history at a dead-end job, if they are employed at all. Some of us kind of expect drugs and alcohol to […]

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, addiction recovery is defined as a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential. Reaching addiction recovery isn’t simply abstaining from drugs or alcohol— it includes making important changes to your […]