Celebrating the 4th of July Sober by Alexis Graff

Holidays may be a very stressful time for those who are fighting addiction and living a sober life. The Fourth of July is no different.     The Fourth typically hosts a variety of celebrations such as- BBQs, parades, carnivals,…

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Thankfulness Found Me by Eileen Spatz

 After Losing a Child, Unforeseen Blessings Still Abound Thankful—are you kidding me?  When I was asked to write a blog about being thankful I simply balked.  Drew a complete blank.  How can any parent of a child lost to addiction…

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How to Feel More at Peace

Difficult experiences, challenges and negative emotions are a part of our human experience.  And when we don’t know how to process what has happened, we remain stuck in the emotions and pain of our circumstances.  However, for many of us,…

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Parents Drinking Near Children

Many parents are in full blown party mode over Memorial Day Weekend and guess who’s watching? Take a good look at your surroundings and keep track of your children. Studies have shown that the average age an American girl has…

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Current Trends on Drugs and Paraphernalia – COA Clinic

Many of the current trends on drugs may lead to tragedies such as seizures, emergency-room visits and even death. You as a parent has probably warned your kids, as millions of parents across the country, about the dangers of binge…

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Eating Disorder Identification, Prevention, and Treatment

Let’s face it, our lives are so busy sometimes that we occasionally push meals to the side. We are often so busy that we don’t notice how we may be depriving ourselves of balanced, nutritional meals. Or perhaps, as parents,…

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Digital Identity: Social Media, Body Dissatisfaction, and Disordered Eating Among Teens

It’s difficult to not see them. If you use the internet or social apps like Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram, you will find them—hundreds of image-driven messages that glorify thinness and push the overwhelming belief that weight loss is good. If…

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Stigma Stinks ~ by Eileen Spatz

How reluctance to speak openly about a loved one’s battle with mental health or drug use disorders can fuel the epidemic of deaths.  The walking wounded exist all around you. We are standing behind you in line at the grocery…

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Local Youth Discover Passions and Hone Skills ~ The healthy alternative to drugs and alcohol

There is nothing new about the age-old problem of teens with too much time on their hands and the trouble that can then ensue.  As the saying goes, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”  What is new is the horrible…

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COA February Newsletter

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