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12-Step Programs for Families of People in Recovery

Are There 12-Step Programs for Families of People in Recovery? Many recovery programs focus on the individual dealing with addiction and recovery, and understandably so. However, this leaves out family members and spouses who also need help dealing with this difficult time. Fortunately, there are 12-step programs available for families

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5 Self-Defeating Habits to Leave Behind this Spring

Start Spring Fresh by Replacing These Self-Defeating Behaviors! Life in recovery isn’t always sunshine and roses. Sometimes it can feel like you’re stuck in a wintry funk with no end in sight. Often, this feeling is a symptom of self-defeating habits. If you’re not careful, problematic behaviors like procrastination, defensiveness,

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Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Opioid Antidote [PRESS RELEASE]

“We Should Think of Naloxone Like an EpiPen or CPR” Crystal Lake, IL- On April 5th, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory that urges more Americans to routinely carry naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug. “We should think of naloxone like an EpiPen or CPR. Unfortunately, over half

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CDC Reports Opioid Overdoses Up 30% in Just 14 Months [PRESS RELEASE]

Alarming Spike Is a “Wake Up Call” for US, Illinois, and McHenry County McHenry County, IL: Opioid overdoses across the US increased about 30% from July 2016 through September 2017, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Vital Signs report released March 6th. In total there

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McHenry County Sues Opioid Makers to Fund Addiction Services

Purdue Pharma Used Shady Marketing to Spread Opioids, and McHenry Is Striking Back As of March 2018, McHenry County as well as four other suburban IL are all suing top opioid manufacturers for their roles in the ongoing epidemic that’s seized the country. They join over a hundred other counties

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8 Remarks that are Harmful to Recovery

Choose Your Words Carefully When Talking to Your Recovering Loved One Addiction recovery is a delicate process and should be addressed carefully. Don’t assume you know what to say to a recovering addict because your words could be more harmful than helpful. Here are eight things to avoid saying because

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How to Support Loved Ones in Recovery During the Holidays

The Holidays Come with Unique Challenges for Recovering Addicts While this time of year does come with its share of warmth and merriment for many people, it can also be particularly tough on recovering addicts. While well intentioned, holiday traditions and activities can often turn into triggers for people in

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New Directions Sober Living Opens a Women’s Sober Living Home [Press Release]

Addiction Recovery Nonprofit Gives Women a Place to Go and Helps Fill Treatment Gap Crystal Lake, IL: On December 9th, New Directions Sober Living, a nonprofit that operates structured housing for people recovering from addictions, will open a sober home for women. They already host 12 men in a sober

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