How to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol – Part 1

Talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol early and often is one of the best defenses against substance abuse problems later on. Understandably, many parents struggle with how to navigate these conversations. How do you approach the subject and at what age? How do you make sure your child is really listening and understanding… View Post

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How to Approach Someone About their Addiction

Confronting someone about their addiction is always difficult. You may fear that you are stepping over boundaries or risking your friendship approaching the topic. Avoid the feeling that “this is someone else’s job” and know that in many cases you are choosing to help save someone’s life. But how and when should you go about… View Post

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Ways to Stay Sober in the New Year

With 2017 upon us it’s time to starting thinking about yourself in the New Year. Who and what do I want to be this year? And the answer is a person in recovery, but how you get there is a little more difficult. In a previous article, we covered “A Few Steps to Help Avoid… View Post

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Nutrition and Your Road to Recovery

Good nutrition and a proper diet are important to one’s overall health. At Recovering Champions, we believe that this is especially true for someone dealing with addiction.  We place an emphasis on improving one’s diet and nutritional choices by creating a large outdoor garden which currently grows everything from lettuce to other key ingredients which are… View Post

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Are Opiates the Biggest Addiction Problem in the United States?

The opiate epidemic sweeping the United States has caught the attention of every parent / relative of an at-risk person across the nation. Fueled by intense media coverage, the concern over opiate addiction seems to have surpassed that of other drugs. Easily accessible and cheap to buy, heroin and other opiates are growing in popularity… View Post

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What is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

When most people think of a drug / alcohol treatment program, they tend to envision the rehab programs most commonly portrayed on TV or in the movies. Typically, this involves an inpatient treatment program where you are forced to live within the facility for an extended period of time.  This type of treatment can be… View Post

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Signs of Substance Abuse in a Loved One

It can be hard to determine when casual alcohol or drug abuse leads to problematic use.  It’s even harder when you’re concerned that this is happening to a loved one.  You’re worried about their health and safety, but probably also concerned about the consequences of approaching them about it.  How will they react?  Will they… View Post

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Benefits of Outpatient Drug Treatment

Whether a person chooses an inpatient or an outpatient drug treatment program, admitting they have a problem and need help is the most important step. Both types of treatment programs have their own unique set of benefits. Understanding which treatment is best for you will help to maintain your sobriety in the long run. In… View Post

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What is Carfentanil?

Carfentanil adds a new threat to the Heroin epidemic sweeping the United States.  Carfentanil is a synthetic drug most commonly used as a tranquilizer for large animals. The drug is more powerful than fentanyl, a synthetic opioid pain medication roughly 80 times more potent than Heroin. Most recently suspected in 175 opioid overdoses in Hamilton County, Ohio,… View Post

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Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in Massachusetts

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts could be a boon for the business of treating people in recovery for substance abuse. While that might be good for my business, Recovering Champions, it’s precisely the reason I oppose passage of Question 4 on the November 8 ballot. Marijuana is a gateway drug. By providing easy… View Post

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