Overcoming the Fear of Sobriety

By Alanna Hilbink Recovery is good. Getting there is tough, but you can do it and it is more than worth it. So why is sobriety so scary? It involves change and unknowns, and we all like to have answers. We all like to be comfortable. But being comfortable isn’t necessarily good. In an article…

The Importance of Aftercare

By Kate Mills, RECO Intensive For individuals completing a stay in residential inpatient treatment, the idea of tackling “what’s next” in sobriety can seem overwhelming. After 30 or even 60 days of immersive treatment, the world of those in recovery suddenly opens up, brimming with possibility — and an inundation of choices. During inpatient treatment,…

Who Will Take Care of My Pets While I’m in Treatment?

By Pat Matuszak Your best friend may not call your cell or message you on social media. They may be completely non-talkative, though their feelings are as clear to you as your own. When no one else understands you, they seem to get you and sit by your side sympathetically, even if they have just…

The Relationship Between Addiction and Human Connection

By Jenni Deming Journalist and author Johann Hari spent three years studying addiction. He became interested in the so-called “War on Drugs,” and why it didn’t seem to be working. On a more personal level, he wanted to know how to help friends and family members who struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse. During his…

Nutrition & Recovery

Nutrition matters. What we put in our bodies has an effect on what we can expect out of our bodies. But as substance abuse accelerates, it becomes the primary focus. Relationships, career, health — none of these are priorities during active addiction. Many people don’t eat enough or well, and poor nutrition compounds the physical…

The Benefits of Traveling for Treatment

Why would you consider leaving your hometown — or even your state! — for treatment when there are programs seemingly everywhere? It’s true that in most cities, and even many smaller towns, some type of treatment is available nearby. Those options seem convenient, so it’s easy to say, “Why go anywhere else?” For starters, not…

Why LGBTQ+ Treatment?

What does sexual identity or orientation have to do with substance abuse, and why would seeking treatment geared specifically toward the LGBTQ+ community be beneficial? Those are important questions, but first, it helps to understand that LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to use alcohol and drugs than the general population — and more likely to…

10th Annual Fruit Bowl

Please Join Us for the 10th Annual Fruit Bowl! Hosted by Rainbow Health Initiative and Pride Institute June 23, 2017 from 6-8:30pm at Memory Lanes Activities provided by PRIDE: Bowling Volleyball Jewelry Making Karaoke Kids Activities Taco Bar This is a sober, family-friendly event. Donations are welcome at the door, but no one will be…

Kink Sober Sex

The following article was written by our counselor, Terry, and was published in a recent issue of Kinkster. Kink sex is not the negative experience that some people believe it to be. In fact, the kink community is one of acceptance and understanding, where safety is paramount. Societies’ picture of kink sex still tends to…

Letter from President Obama

We are SO PROUD to receive this letter from President Obama today! He sent this in honor of our 30th Anniversary of serving the LGBTQ+ community.