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How Good Nutrition Helps Your Sobriety - bowl of salad with a fork
Information about the power of proper nutrition to promote vitality and health is readily available. Yet many of us still reach for a lot of the gooey, salty, sugary stuff. Instead of thinking of food as nourishing fuel, we often use it as comfort; for immediate gratification; or as a way to placate feelings we...
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Healing through Connection: A View Inside the Women’s Residence with Autumn Altamirano - willingway women's residence
Autumn Altamirano, CCS, CAC II, a WW and Lee Street alumna, has worked at Willingway for the last 15 years, getting her start on Unit I as a Nurse Aide/Ward Secretary. Autumn soon became an Outpatient Counselor once she began to pursue a career in the clinical field and was ultimately promoted to Program Director...
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Opioid Crisis in the News - watching the news
If you’ve watched network news, opened a newspaper or smartphone, or checked Twitter or Facebook recently, it’s likely you’ve come across some startling news about opioids. This dangerous substance has gotten a lot of media attention. It’s nearly impossible to avoid and can be anxiety-inducing, especially if you or a loved one is grappling with...
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Myth: Smoking Cigarettes Will Help Me In Rehab - putting out cigarette
Who smokes anymore? Cigarette smoke and recovery have long been associated. However, with thorough and pervasive anti-smoking campaigns spanning the country over the past few decades, who really smokes anymore? In 2015, it was reported that 31 percent of the general population still regularly smoked. That number was nearly three times higher — 84 percent...
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Whether entering Willingway for inpatient treatment or going on to graduate from the Men’s Lodge, many clients fondly remember fellow alum John Williamson. Once graduating treatment in 2010, John became a Willingway inpatient counselor and has managed Willingway’s long term residential Men’s Lodge program since 2011. He was also the recipient of Willingway’s 2014 Employee...
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Does Addiction Run in the Family?
Can you inherit an “addictive personality” from your parents? In other words, to what degree do our genetics affect our likelihood of developing a substance use disorder? This is a question that sparks both debate and confusion. Continue reading for some insight on the topic of genes and addiction. Let’s explore the question: Does addiction...
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There Are Alternatives to Opioids: Exciting Possibilities Still in Development - doctor taking assessment
This is part two of a two-part series on alternatives to opioids. As discussed in part one of this series, alternatives to opioids outside the realm of traditional medication regimens are already available. Refresh your memory about those topics here, and ask a doctor about how they might be able to help you. On the...
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There Are Alternatives to Opioids: Options on the Table Today - hands crossing out pills
This post is part one of a two-part series on alternatives to opioids. Earlier this summer, the Willingway blog released a three-part series on how the opioid crisis started, what it looks like in 2017, and where it’s headed. In those posts, one common scenario was posed about how an individual can become addicted to...
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Writing for Awareness, Self, and Recovery - man writing in journal
Sometimes talking about our days’ darkest and brightest moments is a challenge. Sometimes it’s difficult to find someone to listen. Sometimes we need some precious alone time. At these moments, there is still potential to sit and productively process our thoughts. That’s where journaling comes in. What is journaling? Journals are a collection of our...
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