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Why Health Equity Matters for the LGBTQIA2s+ Community

Why Health Equity Matters for the LGBTQIA2s+ Community

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define health equity as “the state in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health.” However, for members of the LGBTQIA2s+ community (which we’ll collectively refer to in this article as LGBTQ), this has been a considerable challenge, and one...
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The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Recipe for Addiction Disaster

If there was a recipe for addiction, one of the key ingredients would be isolation. People who lack a social network and encouragement to live their best life find it especially difficult to get or stay sober.How COVID Is Making Recovery TougherA May 2020 report by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals outlines...
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The Importance of Self-Care During COVID

Self-care is always important, no matter what the situation. It is especially valuable to take care of ourselves during times of high stress. Unfortunately, experiencing high stress often leads us to neglect self-care. For a person in recovery who is under great stress, neglecting self-care during COVID could be a formula for disaster.What Is Stress?According...
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Recovery and Social Distancing

Social distancing is a popular term right now. The internet, newspapers, and television alike repeat it continuously. With Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19 or Novel Coronavirus, hitting American shores recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has made a variety of recommendations, including keeping a bit of space between ourselves and others. Unfortunately, social distancing...
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Goals to Support Recovery for the Year Ahead

Depending on where you currently are in your recovery journey, you may be an old pro at setting goals or you may not be sure how to set goals, what types of goals to set, or how to know if your goals truly promote your sober lifestyle. With the start of a new year, you...
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How to Prepare for the Holiday Season

Holiday events are a time of year that many people in recovery dread. If you are among them, now is a good time to start preparing your battle plan for defending your sober lifestyle against the situations you could encounter in the next few weeks.Thinking AheadSMART Recovery, a science based recovery program, suggests asking yourself...
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How to Prepare Your Teen for Exposure to Drugs in College

Sending a child off to college is a big moment for a parent. They worry about how their offspring will juggle their various responsibilities, if they will eat healthily, and if they will be safe on campus. In addition, parents are often concerned about whether their children will be able to resist the urge to...
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How Does Narcan (Naloxone) Work to Stop an Overdose?

An Overview Deaths from opioid overdose have been at record levels in recent years. As a result, there has been more interest in ways to prevent deaths from overdoses. Narcan is the solution currently in use. Narcan is the trademark name for the drug naloxone hydrochloride, a prescription medication used to reverse overdoses from opioids...
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Colleges and Universities with the Highest Rates of Alcohol Arrests

When choosing a college, students often consider the teacher to student ratio, cost of attendance, and majors offered. If they give any consideration to the substance use at a certain college, it’s usually in the context of partying with friends. It’s less common for students to think about the alcohol-related arrests an institution might experience....
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