Posts in Guest Blogger
Peer Recovery Coach Utilization in New Jersey

Peer recovery coaches are the fastest-growing support service for those in recovery, but utilization of coaches varies from state to state. We wanted to learn more about how communities outside of Minnesota are working with peer recovery coaches, so we teamed up with Joel, our March Specialist Spotlight! Keep reading to learn about the utilization of recovery coaches in New Jersey.

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Mental Health Month - Be Well

“Be well”. We hear this short phrase all of the time but, what does “being well” really mean? It’s an active practice that involves the totality of our being; our physical bodies as well as our emotional and mental states. Think about it, our bodies are like parts of a machine and when each part is being properly maintained it works as a functioning unit. If we ignore one area we’re likely to have the “check engine” light pop on, which wreaks havoc throughout the body.

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Stress Awareness Month - Practical Ways to De-Stress

We live in a world that is wired to worry. We’ve been programmed to worry about the food we eat, the clothes we wear, our jobs, relationships and on and on. All of this worrying puts our minds through mental gymnastics while exhausting our bodies. As we place additional emphasis on, and give concern to, these areas of our lives we create stress.

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The 4 Pillars of Recovery

Home. Health. Purpose. Community. Four simple words should be simple to achieve, right?! But if it were so simple we would all have it. These four words are a good barometer for your recovery. Almost every new recoveree I work with that is struggling in early recovery is missing at least one of these pillars. Conversely, those with a healthy recovery nearly always have all four pillars fulfilled.

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National Nutrition Month

Happy National Nutrition Month! What does fueling your body mean to you? It’s a decision we make every day, multiple times per day... Decisions, decisions, life is all about decisions. From what we wear, to the shows we watch and the food we consume we’re constantly making decisions. Each day we make an average of 35,000 decisions. With all of these decisions, how can we be sure that we’re making the right decisions, those that will improve our lives, strengthen our bodies and improve our wellbeing?

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Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorders Comorbidity

Contributed by The Emily Program, a national leader in eating disorder treatment . In recognition of Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 25th - March 3rd) we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the relationship between eating disorders and substance use disorders. Eating disorders commonly occur alongside substance use disorders. In fact, about half of all individuals who have an eating disorder also have a substance use disorder.

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Lost, by Darren Reed

I was as lost as I could be with no idea how I got where I was. This is not how my life was supposed to go. I had overcome so much, accomplished many things and yet I was here on the floor of my apartment, hallucinating after a night of alcohol and drug use. Where did I go wrong? When did it start? I had my first drink and became drunk at the age of 11. For me, alcohol was an immediate love. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was empty inside and alcohol filled that void. This was not my parents' fault. Perhaps I was born with a genetic predisposition to alcohol and mental illness…

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Veteran's Day Spotlight: Ali, U.S. Marine Veteran

You all may recognize me as the one that wrote about being “Sober AF” in September. Well, the lovely people at Recovree thought of me when wanting to do a spotlight for Veteran’s Day. …Oh yeah. I forgot to mention in my previous blog post that I am a six-year Marine Corps Veteran. It’s not something I purposefully left out. I quite literally just forgot to mention it.

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From Kickball to Smudge Walks - The Story of the Sober Squad

My name is Colin and I am a 33-year-old member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. I come from a close-knit community where everybody knows everybody and we all are basically related some way or another. Reservations are kind of known for their drug and crime rates across the state. But at the same time, they are also known for how beautiful our culture and philosophies can be.

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Beyond the Brink

My name is Brandy Brink; I am a woman in Long term recovery. I have struggled with addiction for most of my life. The first time I went to treatment I was 12 years old. I’ve been in and out of recovery more times than I can count. My story is no different than anyone else’s. I grew up in an abusive home and by the age of 12, I was a ward of the state. I spent the next 3 years in and out of foster care and group homes.

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