a group talks about national drug and alcohol recovery month

September Is National Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month

This September marks the 32nd annual National Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month. This year’s theme, “Recovery Is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community,” reminds the general public that substance use and mental health disorders have impacts that reach far beyond the individual level. It further reminds people in recovery and those who support…

a group chooses sober activities on independence day

Tips for Choosing a Sober Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day, commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, is the most popularly celebrated holiday in the United States. Declared a federal holiday in 1941, it’s a time of the year that people across the nation come together to celebrate with fireworks, parades, barbecues, and a lot of alcohol. Americans spend more than $1.5…

a woman is happy to have a sober vacation

How to Have a Sober Summer Vacation

Summertime: the days are long, skies are blue, and fun is in the air. Summer is a time of socialization full of parties, barbecues, concerts, vacations, and hanging out at the lake, pool, or ocean. For most people, alcohol is a central part of summertime activities. For those in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse,…

an older man showing signs of alcoholism

Signs of Alcoholism

We know that regular drinking and frequent alcohol intoxication substantially increase the risk of social, medical, and psychological problems. Alcoholism is characterized by uncontrolled dependence on alcohol regardless of the consequences. Like many other health problems, alcoholism is easier to treat when detected early, but many alcoholics go to great lengths to conceal their condition.…