Shepherding the Shepherds: Addiction in The Faith Community


“Lead us not into temptation…” Clergy, including priests, pastors, ministers, and rabbis, are just as human as everyone else. They are just as prone to process addiction, substance use, or mental illness. As community leaders, the clergy explores the challenges facing humanity. However, they are not titanium-clad, extra holy, or stress-proof. The individuals who preach […]

A Thin Line: Heavy Drinking and Alcohol Use Disorder

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No one takes their first drink with the intention of developing a problem. Most of us just wanted to have a good time and unwind. But when does a good time stop and trouble start? In a culture where happy hours are the norm and beer commercials promise nothing short of bliss, it can be […]

Purple Drank: What is it and why do teens think it’s cool?

What is Purple Drank? Also known as lean, dirty sprite, sizzurp and syrup, purple drank is a drug concoction made from prescription cough syrup. The sugary drink has been made popular among teens and influenced by the hip-hop industry. Numerous celebrity rappers sing about purple drank. In fact, Lil Wayne went to the hospital for […]

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

What is Alcohol Poisoning? Alcohol poisoning, or alcohol overdose, is the result of drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Typically a person suffering from alcoholism. Approximately 6 people die from alcohol poisoning each day in the US. Alcohol depresses nerves that control breathing, heart rate and body temperature. Consuming high levels of […]

Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury

  TBI Recovery time for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) varies based on the person and the type of brain injury. It can take months, and even years, to recover. And often, the physical effects of TBI can be long-lasting and may take years of therapy. When recovering from a TBI, you may experience memory […]

Coping with Stress in Recovery

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Handling Stress We all experience stress throughout the course of our lives. No one lives a stress-free life. However, how we cope with recovery is the difference between a happy, healthy life and a life of stress and relapse. Key stress factors could include: financial concerns, family dramas, and crises, death and work problems.   […]

The Pink Cloud of Sobriety

The Pink Cloud: An Emotional High In early sobriety, you may find yourself experiencing emotional highs that feel like you’re on cloud nine. After rehab, your recovery program may include going to lots of meetings and making a list of recovery goals. When you achieve those goals, intense feelings of elation and happiness are common. […]

Is Alcohol Good or Bad For Your Health?

Alcohol and Your Health For quite some time now, we have heard claims that alcohol can be good for your health, especially for the heart. These claims are not certain and are based on moderate alcohol consumption. According to the Mayo Clinic, even moderate drinking is not risk free.   Moderate alcohol consumption for healthy […]

SoCal Sober Living Homes

Sober Living Homes in Southern California Sober Living homes are alcohol and drug-free living environments for people abstaining from alcohol and drugs. They are transitional housing is a wonderful option for alcoholics and addicts who have completed an inpatient treatment program. In fact, sober living is an excellent environment for anyone recovering from mental illness, who […]

Dangers of Substance Abuse

Dangers of Substance Abuse Addicts who have the ability to function each day may not realize how their substance abuse use patterns are harming them. However, the longer they ignore their addiction, the apter they are to suffer mental, emotional and physical consequences.   Untreated Addiction A substance use disorder, over time, can significantly reduce an […]