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What Is Addiction? The Top 4 Definitions, Debunked

Camille RenzoniAddiction, Co-occurring Disorders, News, Substance Abuse

What is addiction? Is it simply a bad decision a person keeps making, or actually a complex disease? Is it the consequence of a moral ... Read more
May 21st 2018
Camille Renzoni
Addiction, Co-occurring Disorders, News, Substance Abuse

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Man is distressed after self-injury

Debunking Myths About Self-Injury

Megan HullCo-occurring Disorders, Events, Mental Health, The Recovery Village

Also referred to as self-harm and self-mutilation, self-injury is more common than most people realize — especially among those with mental health difficulties or substance ... Read more

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Thriving With Mental Illness Starts With Acceptance

Thriving With Mental Illness Starts With Acceptance

Megan LawrenceCo-occurring Disorders, Mental Health

Mental illness is one of those “hush-hush” topics that very few are completely open about...
December 9th 2017
Megan Lawrence
Co-occurring Disorders, Mental Health

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How to Keep the Blues Away in Recovery

Olivia PennelleCo-occurring Disorders, Mental Health, Recovery

I believe depression led to my substance use disorder. It was only when I sought help for symptoms of addiction that I realized...
December 7th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Co-occurring Disorders, Mental Health, Recovery

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Why My Codependency No Longer Defines Me

Why My Codependency No Longer Defines Me

Olivia PennelleCo-occurring Disorders

Sobriety illuminated my deep-rooted codependency with a flashlight. Over the last five years...
November 15th 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Co-occurring Disorders

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How Overcoming Addiction Revealed My Eating Disorders

How Overcoming Addiction Revealed My Eating Disorders

Olivia PennelleAddiction, Addiction / Recovery Stories, Co-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.

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5 Reasons We Need to Discuss Mental Illness

5 Reasons We Need to Discuss Mental Illness

Megan LawrenceCo-occurring Disorders, Mental Health

Last week was Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1st – 7th), which addresses an issue I’m very passionate about.
October 11th 2017
Megan Lawrence
Co-occurring Disorders, Mental Health

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3 Ways to Open Up About Mental Health

Renee DeveneyCo-occurring Disorders, Mental Health

October 10 marks World Mental Health Day, an opportunity for people everywhere to discuss mental and behavioral health.
October 10th 2017
Renee Deveney
Co-occurring Disorders, Mental Health

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The Biggest Lies My Depression Tells Me

Christina BockischCo-occurring Disorders

It’s 4 am on a Monday morning. I’m lying awake after what’s become yet another sleepless night.
July 21st 2017
Christina Bockisch
Co-occurring Disorders

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My First Refuge Recovery Meeting

My First Refuge Recovery Meeting

Olivia PennelleCo-occurring Disorders, Recovery

I walked through the doors of The Alano Club in Portland full of curiosity and hungry for something more for my recovery.
June 22nd 2017
Olivia Pennelle
Co-occurring Disorders, Recovery