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Addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer

I am happy to share this article from Susan, writing for Recovery Research Institute and carrying on a conversation we shared together at the Yoga of Recovery symposium in Bahamas in 2019. I very much relate to many of the points Susan makes: Susan and John Kelly,...

Power in Recovery

Power in Recovery

It's nice to have this laid out clearly - a look at what are the major differences in “power” across professional and peer support contexts from Bill White. I often find myself trying to summarize these points to people who are looking for help and I hope I am able to...

Quality of Health in Addiction Recovery

Quality of Health in Addiction Recovery

YoR was formed as I struggled and succeeded in becoming a non-smoker back in 2001, when I was just 18 months abstinent from alcohol and drugs. I felt it was crucial for my health and self-esteem to really apply what I knew about recovery to this deadly addiction, and...

Alcohol sales as an essential business

Alcohol sales as an essential business

Across the U.S., governors are terming alcohol sales an essential business and loosening restrictions to permit home delivery and carryout cocktails, Are alcohol sales actually essential? According to the federal government, just over...

19 years ago I gave up 20 ‘friends’

19 years ago I gave up 20 ‘friends’

How do you feel now you’re a non-smoker?  My answer came spontaneously  – LONELY – he (my therapist) looked surprised and I felt embarrassed, why did I say lonely??  It’s like I’m saying cigarettes were my friends – I know they were not my friends, but...

Cheap grace

Cheap grace

Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, a self-confessed nicotine addict and author of The Road Less Traveled, offered his perspective in a 1991 lecture, “Addiction: The Sacred Disease.” Dr. Peck’s thesis: At birth, humans become separated from God. Everyone is aware of this...

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Five things you may not know about alcohol, the most commonly used drug in the world 1) Alcohol is a Group 1 carcinogen according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC; i.e., it is known to cause cancer) and...

The Pain Drove Me To It

The Pain Drove Me To It

Opioid use disorder seems to be driven by physical or psychological pain as often as it is driven by a vulnerability to recreational opioid use. Those who began using primarily for the treatment of pain, however, view themselves as fundamentally different from...

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