“It’s Not Me, It’s You”: The Blame Game and Addiction

By Pat Matuszak You can’t miss the recent headlines about the opioid epidemic. Celebrities and leaders all the way up to the White House have signed on to man the fight. Some of the blame for the addiction crisis has fallen on healthcare professionals who over-prescribed opioid drugs to relieve pain. When this happens, the…

Preparing Young Adults for College Life Without Substance Abuse

By Tamarra Kemsley Getting your young adult ready for college means more than standardized test reviews and campus tours. With 1,825 young people ages 18-24 killed each year to due to alcohol-related injuries alone, it means taking a proactive role in educating teens on the dangers of substance misuse.1 Legal age restrictions haven’t stopped alcohol…

Arizona Leads the Charge in Overdose Prevention by Ensuring Access to Narcan

By Dane O’Leary The opioid epidemic is the most severe drug crisis in United States history. Ever since painkiller abuse became a large-scale problem in the late 1990s, annual addiction and overdose death rates have continued to climb. To make matters worse, the gap between the current and previous years’ rates has been getting bigger,…

Finding Joy in Recovery

By Stephanie Thomas You made the decision to walk away from your addiction. That’s a really big deal! Consider this a virtual high five and — yeah, let’s just go for it — an enthusiastic happy dance. After all, just because recovery is serious business doesn’t mean your life has to be. But I Don’t…