For people in early recovery, holidays like Memorial Day Weekend can be especially challenging to maintain sobriety. Most of that stems from cultural traditions tied to the holiday. Many of those traditions involve alcoholic beverages, lake time with friends and BBQs. Still, it is possible and fulfilling to spend the annual memorial holiday sober. A […]
Each day, nurses working in the addiction treatment field provide direct care to patients with a substance use disorder (SUD). Nurses play an essential role in helping SUD patients find healing in treatment and hope in recovery. The work, while fulfilling, requires meaningful self-care strategies to ensure dedicated nurses take care of their own well-being […]
Recent studies on alcohol misuse show a significant increase in heavy drinking among women. This trend raises several alarm bells because women face a higher risk of certain alcohol-related health issues compared to men. Drinking related health issues can occur earlier for women, and at lower levels of consumption. Immediate Effects of Alcohol on Women […]
Recent clinical studies show an alarming increase in excessive alcohol use by women. But how much is too much? Alcohol still ranks as the most prevalent substance of choice for people with substance use disorders. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate alcohol consumption equals one drink per day for women and up to […]
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 […]
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