Jackie Hammers-Crowell, Author at Valley Recovery Center

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Jackie Hammers-Crowell
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11
Jun

Dealing with a Family Member Who Has an Addiction

When a family member is struggling with addiction, it can be difficult to know how to best support them. Is it better to confront the issue immediately or to back off and wait until they are ready to change? Is it possible to help someone who doesn’t want to stop using? Radical Love Empathy and...
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29
May

How Helping Others Can Be Part of a Lasting Recovery

Giving Back In the earliest stages of recovery from substance abuse, self-care and treatment can be completely consuming—both in terms of a person’s time and their energy. There may not be much opportunity to think about how to help anyone else. As recovery progresses, however, giving back can become an important component of the process....
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16
May

Words Hurt: How to Speak Supportively About Addiction

When a person is struggling with addiction, there are many difficult barriers that they face. However, there is one easy way that all members of our society can make recovering from addiction slightly easier. The words we choose when discussing addiction, describing people who struggle with substance abuse, or engaging with people use substances can...
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08
May

Telling Your Employer That You’re Battling Addiction and Need Time Off Work for Treatment

It can be difficult to know who to tell and what to tell them, when you are starting treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. Some people choose to tell only their closest friends and family, because they don’t feel comfortable sharing such intimate information with anyone else. However, while addiction and recovery are deeply personal...
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25
Apr

Commonly Used Medications for Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation

There are many tools available to help people who struggle with substance abuse to stop using alcohol and other drugs. While rehab, mental health counseling, and recovery meetings like AA and NA are well-known components of the treatment process, a lesser known option for people recovering from addiction is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Medication Assisted...
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19
Apr

What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a technique that has been used for 30 years to help people process feelings around changes they want or need to make. By asking questions and allowing the individual to talk freely and without judgment, a practitioner can increase their internal motivation toward a specific goal. MI should feel conversational and...
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08
Apr

Colleges and Universities with the Highest Rates of Alcohol Arrests

When choosing a college, students often consider the teacher to student ratio, cost of attendance, and majors offered. If they give any consideration to the substance use at a certain college, it’s usually in the context of partying with friends. It’s less common for students to think about the alcohol-related arrests an institution might experience....
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27
Mar

Does the Media Sensationalize Addiction?

The portrayal of drug use and substance abuse in the media is a complicated topic. Racial, socioeconomic, and gender biases all impact how the news, movies, books, social media, and other cultural mirrors represent particular groups of people who use or abuse alcohol and other drugs. Drugs and Alcohol Are Glamorous or Humanizing…If You’re White...
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20
Mar

What to Look for When Choosing a Sponsor in Recovery

If a person in recovery is utilizing a 12-Step program, sooner or later, they will need to select a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who has been in recovery for at least one year and can utilize their experience to support and guide a person who is newer to recovery. Many people are not sure,...
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27
Feb

Alcohol Abuse in the Native American Community

There has long been a stereotype that Native Americans are more prone to alcoholism and deaths related to alcohol than other Americans. Though many Native American communities around the United States do battle the negative impacts of alcohol, there is far more to know than stereotypes convey. Stats Versus Stereotypes As reported in the Journal...
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