Addiction Recovery Resources: From pop culture to worksheets

Searching for DIY addiction recovery resources? There are millions, so we’ve created a manageable list of addiction recovery activities and tools to help anyone at any stage of their recovery journey.  Helpful resources on your Smart Phone Addiction recovery apps put resources right at your fingertips, and many are free. Rising to the top of “Best Apps” lists are reSET and reSET-O, FDA-approved addiction recovery apps. Two other popular choices are Headspace, a mindfulness tool and Sober Grid, for peer support, progress tracking, and more. Pop culture: Entertainment, creativity and healing Music lovers know that the right blend of lyrics and melodies can strike an emotional chord. Addiction recovery songs can be strong motivators and healers whether you are coming to grips with addiction or need to be reminded that recovery is possible. Popular addiction recovery songs include “Not Afraid” by Eminem, “Sober” by Pink, and “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. For playlists, check out: Songs to listen to in recovery Songs about sobriety and addiction recovery When it comes to the power of expression, art is another proven medium. Addiction recovery art ranges from words-to-live-by collages to painting to affirmation art projects. For ideas, try this site: Art project ideas to aid in recovery. Addiction recovery films are a great way to hear important healing messages [...]

2022-11-07T13:37:50-05:00December 1st, 2022|Addiction & Recovery|

Hope, Help & Healing: Gambling and Suicide Prevention

Philadelphia is a city known for our sports teams and fans, who are the most knowledgeable and passionate. As an avid Eagles fan, I've noticed that every commercial break has sports betting advertisements for companies like FanDuel or Draftkings. Even sports analysts are promoting the apps and promising risk-free betting. We know that there is no such thing as risk-free betting. Not everyone who gambles develops a problem, but with the increased access (more casinos, online gambling, and sports betting) and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a higher risk of individuals developing a gambling addiction. Like many other substance addictions, those struggling with gambling addiction feel guilt, shame, and desperation from consequences of gambling including family strain, loss of employment, debt, and legal issues There is hope Recovery from gambling addiction is possible. Stevie struggled with gambling after being laid off from work. Going to the casino was a coping mechanism. Stevie's compulsive gambling caused her to have a strained relationship with her daughter and grandchild – and three suicide attempts. After a three-day binge at the casino, it was a wake-up call for her to call for help. She entered treatment. With the support of her daughter and professional treatment, she has been in recovery for 12 years. Stevie stated: "I still have good days and [...]

2022-09-17T15:05:51-04:00September 26th, 2022|Addiction & Recovery, Suicide Prevention|

What does recovery mean to me?

Recovery means keeping my promises. It means believing that I am a man of promise. It means learning to live a life full of promise. A little over 11 years ago, fresh out of rehab to address my substance abuse issues, I was walking King, my oldest son, to his wrestling practice, with my oldest daughter –  ‘Bug, short for Lady Bug –  who was 5 years old at the time. Holding my hand with a serious “kung-fu grip,” Bug looked up at me with these big, most beautiful brown eyes, and she challenged me by saying, asking, “Daddy never let me go!?!?” By the grace of my Higher Power, with a lot of prayer and tears, with the help and support of family and friends, and by putting in the hard work, I have been able to keep my promise. Not only have I kept my promise, but I have also learned how to get a better grip and improve upon, as well as consistently continue to double down on, my efforts to keep my word. Today, I am a present husband, father, son, brother, friend, and living, breathing human being. I have been able to go back and get my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, something I swore I would do while I was still in active addiction. I [...]

2022-08-16T16:03:46-04:00September 1st, 2022|Addiction & Recovery|

Addiction Recovery: there IS a way

“Twelve and a half years ago I was in active addiction . . . and eventually I ended up in a hospital for mental health. I am now 7 1/2 years clean and sober. For anyone who wakes up thinking ‘oh god not again,’ I promise you there’s a way,” tweets Stranger Things actor Jamie Campbell Bower. His story of addiction recovery and mental health is one that resonates far and wide. Addiction affects about 22 million Americans. What most people don’t realize is the chances for healing are excellent. It is not always easy, or fast, but it is most certainly possible. 12 and a half years ago I was in active addiction. Hurting myself and those around me who I loved the most. It got so bad that eventually I ended up in a hospital for mental health. I am now 7 1/2 years clean and sober. I have made many mistakes in my life — Jamie Campbell Bower (@Jamiebower) July 27, 2022 Mental health and addiction recovery Mental illnesses and addiction tend to go hand in hand. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that substance abuse disorders and mental health issues share common risk factors such as genetics and early exposure to stress or trauma. In particular, those who live through [...]

2022-08-16T15:48:14-04:00September 1st, 2022|Addiction & Recovery|
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