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Issue #11 Publisher’s Letter

Issue #11 Publisher’s Letter

As we go to print with this Family issue, I’m reflecting on the various families I have around me – my own immediate family, my birth family, my husband’s family, my recovery family, my journey family and thinking how very lucky I am. This picture is of my most...
Students Empowered to End Dependency

Students Empowered to End Dependency

A local teen-based initiative is on a mission to elevate community messaging about the dangers of chemical dependency In one way or another, chemical dependency can and does affect us all. Visible recovery stories help us understand that this disease does not...
Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

A recovery toolbox addition for emotional peace Our sense of smell is deeply connected to both memory and emotions. Scents can spark both good and bad emotions; for example, coconut suntan lotion can invoke a fond memory of a hot summer day at the beach or be a...
Amy Alexander

Amy Alexander

Having left her foster family at age 14, Amy went through more than 8 rehabs while dealing with addiction and substance abuse. She shares her struggle through addiction, rehabilitation, losing her son and her life and finally achieving full recovery with methadone...
Conversations

Conversations

how to have honest, authentic, productive ones Family members can be the most challenging people in our lives to have constructive conversations with. Whether it’s having conversations that heal the past, bringing up issues rather than giving the silent treatment, or...