By definition, stigma means the mark of disgrace on a person. It also causes dangerous barriers that discourage people suffering from substance use disorder (SUD) to ask for help and sometimes to receive it. Put simply, the stigma of drug and alcohol addiction can kill. Fighting Stigma in America In 2017, the Centers for Disease […]
Back to school season finds students flocking to college campuses to begin or resume their higher learning experience. With all of the social and academic pressures involved with collegiate life, how do students in recovery avoid triggers and maintain their sobriety? Outside of academic demands, the college experience is often synonymous with parties where drugs […]
Faith and community leaders can help individuals and families impacted by addiction. They can lift up messages of support. They can also provide information on how to access services for substance use disorder if necessary. Knowing how to respond to these events can make a huge difference in how the individual, family and community copes […]
Suicide. It’s a subject that no one likes to talk about. Yet suicide is a reality, especially for those struggling with addiction and/or mental illness. Data shows that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the Unites States, which means approximately 44,965 Americans die by suicide each year. Why? Who are these individuals? […]
Addiction is a family disease. It can damage and destroy even the strongest of families. Recovery is equally powerful. It transforms families, providing hope and healing that can repair and strengthen even the most broken of family ties.
Spirituality has been in Valley Hope’s DNA since day one. The seeds of Valley Hope were planted over 50 years ago, between a physician and a minister who were at a loss for how to help an alcoholic community member. What an extraordinary beginning…a man trained in science and a man trained in faith working […]
Are you concerned that you may have a problem with alcohol? Are you an alcoholic or just a heavy drinker? The signs are not always as obvious as you might think. How do you know for sure? The difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse is that alcoholics are physically addicted to alcohol. Still, because addiction […]
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), binge drinking is the most common and dangerous pattern of excessive alcohol use in the United States. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that occurs after
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