I am mother of a 25-year-old in recovery and the founder of The Family Recovery Conference. I created this conference because it’s an event and a resource I wish I’d had when I was starting my family’s recovery journey. In the beginning, I was scared, confused, and sad. I felt extremely alone when my oldest child was deep into his addiction to prescription drugs. I understood …
Eight years ago, I was a smart, spoiled high school student, going through a typical breakup. On the rebound, I met a guy who was addicted to opiates. We began seeing each other and I began using opiates regularly. I thought I was falling in love with the guy, but our relationship was actually based on me, relying on his drugs. I spent that year trying to get through school, losing friends, and making up …

Biking for Recovery

Hey Everyone, My name is Jim Downs, aka BIG JIM. My story doesn’t fit in 800 words. I don’t think anyone can fit a lifetime of chaos and insanity in 800 words. I had 34 years of active addiction. I now am going on 3 years in recovery. What a difference my life is now compared to then. After graduating a free, faith-based 16-month Recovery Program, I left out the front doors a changed man …
If you’re looking for #heroin on social media, you will get some #help instead. Last week, Instagram rolled out a new “get support” pop-up for users who search for opioid or other substance-specific hashtags. When you search for opioid-related hashtags, Instagram will show a ‘get support’ pop-up. This is a new option that can offer support to people who are in a vulnerable place and may be open to …
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I Am Positive Our Veterans Deserve Better

I am the mother of three fabulous sons. My oldest chose to join the Army and served in the 82nd Airborne as Intelligence Analyst for the 7th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Bragg. He was the 2009 7th Special Forces Group Soldier of the Year and served for 8 years, deploying to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Upon returning from his second deployment, it …
I was given narcotics by a medical doctor after my stroke. I had experienced pain in my lower back and right leg. This was after I fell many times. I was chair-bound and rarely active. I took one pill four times a day and kept getting refills. During this time I fell again. Falling wasn’t usually a big problem, except I fell in the bathroom. It is a very small …
The good news: more people with substance use disorder are able access medication-assisted treatment (MAT), such as methadone and buprenorphine. The bad news: a new study notes that young children are exposed to the medications, which has led to thousands of unintentional poisonings. Correlating with the increased availability of MAT, child exposure to these medications has also increased by 215% in three years. Dr. Jason Kane, …
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A restaurant in Kentucky is showing that people in recovery make excellent employees, and strongly benefit from work-assisted recovery support. DV8 Kitchen, a bakery, and brunch joint in Lexington proves how partnering with the recovery community translates to commercial success. DV8 Kitchen was started by Rob and Diane Perez after the restaurant owners realized the impact the drug epidemic had on their staff. Their top server was using heroin in …
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My name is Sue Martin and I am a person in sustained recovery. I was quietly sober until my son needed treatment for addiction. (Yes, it is a family disease). My son was denied treatment. As a willing patient, he was turned away. That ended my quiet anonymity. I joined an advocacy group, Recovery Advocacy In Saratoga (RAIS), and found my voice. I have joined with …
Addiction is An Illness With Bite. To Recover, We Need Healthcare That is More Than Skin Deep. Dental care is an overlooked but critical recovery service. Sustained recovery can erase track marks, jaundice, and abscesses. Teeth, however, don’t rebound easily from regular exposure to substances like alcohol or heroin. Oral health may be the key to help people with substance use disorder reenter society. But many …
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