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10 Ways to Support a Recovering Family Member

Olivia PennelleRecovery

When a loved one seeks treatment for a substance use disorder, it can be just the beginning of a lifelong journey. While you may witness ... Read more
November 17th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Recovery

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How Mindful Meditation Enhanced My Recovery

Olivia PennelleRecovery

I’ll never forget the first time I tried mindful meditation. It was like someone switched my brain off for 30 glorious minutes.
November 13th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Recovery

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Life After Rehab

Olivia PennelleRecovery, Sober Living

You’re just out of a treatment center for substance use disorder. Now what?
November 10th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Recovery, Sober Living

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Understanding Anxiety in Recovery

Olivia PennelleAddiction / Recovery Stories, Recovery

I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories involve feeling anxious with a tight chest and general feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach.
November 7th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Addiction / Recovery Stories, Recovery

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How Overcoming Addiction Revealed My Eating Disorders

Olivia PennelleCo-occurring Disorders, Recovery

When I decided to get help for my alcohol use disorder, I didn’t expect to discover a history of eating disorders that spanned the majority of my life.
October 19th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Co-occurring Disorders, Recovery

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This Law Could Help Save Your Life

Olivia PennelleResearch and Surveys

Drug overdose is the number one cause of death in America for people under the age of 50. Even as it is now considered a national epidemic...
October 12th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Research and Surveys

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A Shift in Perspective: Celebrate Recovery Instead of Shaming ‘Defective Behavior’

Olivia PennelleSober Living

I recoiled in horror at my first step five—where we share an inventory of harms, resentments, sexual misconduct, and fears—and was devastated by the endless list of defective thinking that my sponsor had pointed out.
October 5th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Sober Living

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From Four Bottles of Wine a Day To Health Coach: How Anyone Can Recover

Olivia PennelleAddiction / Recovery Stories

Five years, 7 months ago, I was drinking four bottles of wine and a handful of pills a day. I’d become my own pharmacist...
October 3rd 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Addiction / Recovery Stories

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Can Physical Illness Affect You Mentally?

Olivia PennelleHealth and Medical, Sober Living

Do you ever feel like you aren’t entirely sure whether you’re physically sick or experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety? Or both?
September 29th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Health and Medical, Sober Living

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How Moving Continents Strengthened My Recovery

Olivia PennelleRecovery, Sober Living

The prospect of moving continent terrified me—even though I was the one who decided to do it.
September 27th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Recovery, Sober Living