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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2017

According to the most current data available from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and other recent data: On average, almost 20 people per minute are physically abused in the US by an intimate partner. 10 million people a year are physically abused by an intimate partner 20,000 calls a day are placed to . . . . Continue Reading


Sex Trafficking in America Tragically Increased by Opioid Crisis

Did you know that trafficking of women and children in sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world? Sex trafficking in America is part of a very real global issue destroying millions of lives and families every year. The opioid crisis still plagues the nation, and authorities are seeing a tangible connection . . . . Continue Reading


What Are the Signs of Codependency?

Codependency is a common attribute in recovery. It relates to the relationships you have with yourself and the relationship you have with others. Codependency is defined as: “a person belonging to a dysfunctional, one-sided relationship where one person relies on the other for meeting nearly all of their emotional and self-esteem needs. It also describes . . . . Continue Reading


Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Her Battles with Depression and Addiction

  Mary J. Blige, the artist dubbed “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” recently opened up about battling depression and addiction.  Blige has always been pretty open about her struggles. Whether it was her addiction, mental illness or childhood abuse, the singer has not been shy about the obstacles she’s overcome to get to where she is. In . . . . Continue Reading


The Truth About Psychological Trauma and Drug Addiction

The connection between trauma, victimization, and addiction are often overlooked when it comes to treating addiction. However, going to meetings and getting a sponsor is not enough to ensure a full recovery for everyone. For some, it is necessary to address the underlying traumatic reasons for developing and sustaining addiction. Challenges Brought on by Trauma . . . . Continue Reading


Pro Tip: Don’t have a rehab romance. Here’s why you shouldn’t.

You finally made the decision to go to treatment. You arrive, and you’re suddenly surrounded by people who have had a similar experience to you. Finally, people who understand you, and understand your struggle. Soon, you find yourself falling for someone, and it feels just right. After all, maybe this person was the missing piece . . . . Continue Reading


6 Ways to Detox From Sugar Addiction

Being a sweet person is a good thing. Eating sweets 24.7 is not. Want to know the truth about sugar? The truth is our bodies are only able to process so much of it. Most of us are killing our bodies with sugar. The problem is, after a while, it becomes difficult to stop. Sugar . . . . Continue Reading


Selena Gomez Gives Powerful Speech on Mental Health Post-Rehab

Over the past year, I have become more informed about mental illnesses and the stigmas that come along with them. Therefore, when I see a celebrity opening up about their mental health journey, I feel it is important to spread that message of hope to others. So many people look up to celebrities and believe their . . . . Continue Reading


A New Approach to Binge Eating Disorder Treatment?

Do you struggle with binge eating? Don’t worry. You are not alone.  It is estimated that compulsive binge eating affects approximately 15 million people in the United States. Because of these startling numbers, we are always looking at different kinds of studies that explore treatment for binge eaters.  Now, a new treatment may help compulsive . . . . Continue Reading


Michelle Obama: Mental Illness Should Carry No Stigma

Michelle Obama slammed mental health stigmas in the October issue of Prevention magazine. In the interview, First Lady Michelle Obama tackles mental health stigmas and the negative stereotypes associated with mental illness. Often those who desperately need to get treatment do not get the help they need out of fear. They feel like others will . . . . Continue Reading