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Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, associated behavioral health conditions and to celebrate individuals who in recovery.

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Building a sober life after battling an addiction can be a daunting process. Addiction recovery takes a deep commitment and a lot of hard work and there are no shortcuts to putting an addiction behind you. However, there are some basic lifestyle changes that you can make that can set the stage for long-term success.

Focus on self-care as you move forward in the recovery process

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Deciding to go to rehab for the first time can be scary, especially if you do not know what to expect. Going to rehab may be your choice or it may be something that is required by someone else like the court system, but it’s a lot less overwhelming if you understand the basic process of most programs. Explore this step-by-step guide to the basics of rehab.


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It’s long been known that there’s often a link between depression and addiction. In 2014, the death of Robin Williams shed new light on the risks of severe depression and the reality that some people suffer in silence and solitude. In situations like this, few ever know the despair someone may endure on the inside, and what kind of threat that may pose to their life.

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Many believe that alcoholism runs in families. And when the reality is that Mom, Dad, and Daughter are all addicted, the chaos that results may seem next to hopeless. It takes one brave soul to take the first, determined step and start the recovery of the whole family.

“It’s very inspiring because it’s a trickle-down effect: I left and got myself healthy and put myself back together, and I was able to help him put himself back together.”

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, associated behavioral health conditions and to celebrate individuals who in recovery.

three young people looking at their cell phones

Smart phones have made so many things possible. We can follow news from all over the world, get directions while on the road and easily connect with family and friends spread far and wide. I recall, when traveling cross country, if I required assistance I would need to find a pay phone to place a call. Now, I can pull over to the side of the road, and in the safety and security of my own vehicle, call for help. The evolution of smart phones has made information and learning available to us on our time, at our convenience. But it’s time for moderation.

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Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and drug awareness campaign observed annually in October across the United States. The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week®, October 23-October 31 each year.

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The theme of the 2015 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is ‘Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’.

An initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), WSPD has taken place on 10th September each year since 2003. WSPD serves as a call to action to individuals and organizations to prevent suicide. This year, the theme encourages us all to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.

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September is suicide awareness month. Recent events in the news including the loss of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams to suicide has brought this issue to the forefront. The psychological pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. Their deaths leave families and friends heartbroken. Surviving family members not only suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide, but are also themselves at higher risk of suicide and emotional problems.