Stress & Addiction

We have all heard the age-old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? Well, switch “chicken” for “stress” and “egg” for “addiction” and the same conundrum exists. Various studies by the National Institute of Drug Abuse have found a link between stress and addiction, concluding that chronic stress can lead to addiction, and … Continued

Study Finds Substance Abuse Significantly Increases Suicide Risk Among Veterans

A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan and the Department of Veteran Affairs has found that veterans with substance abuse problems are more likely to commit suicide than veterans who are not suffering from an addiction. The study, which was recently published in the journal Addiction, involved 4.4 million veterans and was conducted … Continued

Somatic Writing – Writing from the Heart

By Sheree Surdam, Wellness Program Manager Everyone has a story to tell – whether it’s a detailed account of one’s life experience through memoir, an adventurous trip across landscapes of time through a fictional novel, or the tender capturing of a brief (yet inspiring) moment in a poem. It’s there inside of all of us, … Continued

Mindfulness Practices for Managing Pain

By Katherine Hagel, RYT, Program Coordinator According to a recent National Center for Health Statistics report, an estimated 76.5 million Americans suffer from chronic pain — more than suffer from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. When we’re in terrible pain, it’s hard to focus on anything, except how badly we want the pain to … Continued

Avoiding Holiday Stress for Your Recovery

The holiday season is a time of the year filled with joy, love, and plenty of celebrations. But for many people, the holidays can bring about unwelcome guests — depression and stress. For individuals in recovery, both guests can prove to be a danger to their sobriety.  Avoiding major relapse triggers during the holiday season … Continued