In this episode of the Recovery Unscripted podcast, we hear from Dr. Andrew Finch, one of the country’s foremost authorities on integrating education and recovery support in an academic setting. Currently a professor of counseling at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, he’s also leading the first large-scale research studies on the effectiveness of recovery schools and…

  Addiction has an impact on every member of a household, from the oldest members of the family to teens, kids, toddlers, and even infants. When someone in your home has a drug or alcohol problem, every generation feels the consequences of chemical dependence, and everyone needs help dealing with these devastating effects. An integrated…

Staying sober means staying engaged, active and encouraged in your recovery. When things are good, it’s easy to ignore your coping skills and tools for recovery. When things are tough, it’s easy to beat yourself up and think there’s no way you can stay clean. You know the first is a bad idea and the…

By Martha McLaughlin If you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, you may find that creativity, spontaneity and energy come to you easily. You may also find that you often feel scattered, unorganized or forgetful, which in turn, may leave you feeling foolish, ashamed or altogether inadequate. It’s not unusual for individuals with ADHD to experience these…

The human body is designed to respond dramatically when something wonderful is taking place. For example, when a waitress brings a smiling toddler a piece of chocolate cake, piled high with melting ice cream, that child’s body might be immersed with the chemicals the brain releases in order to signal pleasure. The child feels warm,…

There’s no way around it: Drug addiction leads to broken relationships and hurts the people you love. When you were under the influence of drugs, you were not the same person. Addiction changes the brain’s chemistry, so you lied and manipulated others to feed your addiction. Now that you are not using drugs and have…

While it’s often during one’s college years that a person really gains a sense of identity, we’ve come to associate the college experience with partying, drinking and doing drugs. In many cases, experimentation with substance abuse is a passing interest, but there are other times when it becomes a coping mechanism and leads to addiction….

Recovery High Schools are increasingly popular around the USA as an effective means of rehabilitating and ensuring the long-term sobriety of teens who have gone through recovery. Drug and alcohol use remains a severe problem among school age children, with the National Institute on Drug Abuse showing that 5.4% of 8th graders, 9.8% of 10th…