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When Falls Reveal Addiction in Older Adults

When Falls Reveal Addiction in Older Adults

Falls in older family members always concern us, but there’s a good reason to take a closer look at what might be contributing to these incidents. While physical weakness and poor health could contribute to a parent or other loved one falling down, one factor you...

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Caution: Do Not STOP On Tracks

Caution: Do Not STOP On Tracks

Bart Ross, Recovery & Alumni Services Coordinator For this blog, let’s picture our recovery journey as if we were on a train taking a trip. Along the way we’ll find the things we need to get there. Picture it as a round-trip journey that never ends. Our journey’s...

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Addiction Treatment for the First Responder

Addiction Treatment for the First Responder

When you devote your days to helping others in harm’s way or at risk of being harmed, you may be unaware of the impact the job is having on your mental health and overall well-being. The evidence shows a significant number of cases of substance abuse among men and...

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Safe Steps for An Alcoholic’s Spouse

Safe Steps for An Alcoholic’s Spouse

How long have you been living with an alcoholic? If you’re here right now, it’s likely been more time than you want to think about. You’ve seen the harm it’s done to your relationship, to your family, and even to your health and well-being. While we often discuss the...

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Surrender, Surrender, Surrender

Surrender, Surrender, Surrender

Bart Ross, Recovery & Alumni Services Coordinator A single surrender is not enough. Our first surrender was admitting complete defeat over alcohol and the unmanageability in our own life. (Step 1) and a willingness to submit to a Higher Power (Step 2). These two...

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What to Do When Mom’s Abusing Anxiety Meds

What to Do When Mom’s Abusing Anxiety Meds

An older parent’s use of prescription drugs is something their adult children may be aware of, especially if they see each other regularly, but it’s not necessarily a regular topic of conversation. That’s one reason seeing potential misuse of medication—one taken by...

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My Journey to Self-Acceptance

My Journey to Self-Acceptance

By Joanna Ahern, Alumni Care Coordinator, Hanley Center at Origins Acceptance is a topic that is discussed a lot in the rooms. In sobriety, there is a need to accept others and certain situations as they are rather than I want them to be. Yet the idea of acceptance...

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Remembering the Holidays

Remembering the Holidays

Bart Ross, Recovery & Alumni Services Coordinator  I'm writing this remembering the holidays when I first got sober. My birthday is in October, and then November starts the holiday season. I got sober in June, and when October came around, I started thinking the...

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Full-Blown Addiction in the Empty Nest

Full-Blown Addiction in the Empty Nest

A married couple in their 50s—we’ll call Jack and Linda—were empty nesters as their grown children no longer lived at home or even close to home. Jack worked full-time in sales, and Linda only worked occasionally and began to have daily glasses of wine at home by...

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Sober for the Holidays

Sober for the Holidays

Niki T - Hanley Alum The most notable family tradition for me and my family for a long time was my absence.  I was in active addiction and the holidays for me were just another monotonous day, no different than any other, where I had to focus on what I needed to do to...

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Why Beating Addiction Begins Before the Holiday Season Ends

Why Beating Addiction Begins Before the Holiday Season Ends

The long holiday season can present additional challenges for someone struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. It’s likely you’re spending more time with family members and may not have the coping strategies to handle the pressures of being around them sober,...

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