Jackie Hammers-Crowell, Author at Valley Recovery Center
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Jackie Hammers-Crowell
woman cutting ribbon for wreath - holiday season
12
Dec

How to Prepare for the Holiday Season

The holidays are a time of year that many people in recovery dread. If you are among them, now is a good time to start preparing your battle plan for defending your sober lifestyle against the situations you could encounter in the next few weeks. Thinking Ahead SMART Recovery, a science based recovery program, suggests...
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sad looking woman sitting on couch with Christmas tree in background - interventionist
30
Nov

How to Know When Your Loved One Needs an Interventionist

Even though the holidays can be a time when families enjoy one another’s company and celebrate traditions, they can also be stressful for many people. Because merriment and stress are both sometimes accompanied by overindulgence, the holidays may be a time when you notice concerning patterns of behavior in your loved ones. If holiday gatherings...
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military man sitting on couch with head in hands - veteran
12
Nov

Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Veteran Community

Veterans Day Each November, the United States honors Veterans by celebrating Veterans Day. This holiday generally involves restaurants offering free meals to former service members and the general public offering words of thanks to reflect their gratitude for the service those individuals have given to our country. Unfortunately, what our celebrations don’t acknowledge is the...
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buffet style family spread, with young man and woman making plates - your recovery
21
Oct

It’s Thanksgiving, and Everyone Wonders Why You’re Not Drinking: How to Explain Your Recovery to Relatives

The holidays are just around the corner. This may be the first time you’re seeing some relatives since you entered recovery, and if that makes you anxious, you are not alone. It can be difficult for people who are newly sober to know how to talk about changes they have made in their lives with...
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black and white - young man looking out window - weather
15
Oct

The Impact of Seasons and Weather on Recovery

A variety of factors can make the fall and winter months a more difficult time to stay sober. Not only are these months colder and less sunny in many places, but they also contain a potential minefield of triggering events for the newly sober. Seasonal Affective Disorder Even in California, where the weather tends to...
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women drinking wine in kitchen - woman offers friend wine and she declines - social
03
Oct

How to Turn Down Alcohol in Social Settings

Once you leave addiction treatment and resume normal life, you’ll likely engage in social activities where you could be offered alcohol, either by someone who doesn’t know you’re in recovery, or by someone who seeks to challenge your sobriety. The best way to avoid a moment of weakness is to anticipate that this could happen...
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couch swings between pools near palm trees at resort - treatment -
08
Aug

Is Treatment at Low-Cost Rehabs Inferior?

When it comes to selecting a treatment program, there are two seemingly conflicting bits of wisdom to consider. First, not all that glitters is gold. Second, you get what you pay for. These ideas may sound like opposites, but they are actually both applicable in the case of substance abuse treatment. Not All That Glitters...
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brunette bearded man with glasses in green coat taking deep breath outdoors - mental health
30
Jul

Managing Depression and Anxiety without Medication

There is nothing wrong with utilizing medications to address depression or anxiety. Numerous medications exist that have been proven to be effective in treating both of these diagnoses. In some cases, however, there are reasons why people might choose not to use medications to treat mental health conditions or why they might want additional tools...
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teen girl relaxing - college
19
Jul

How to Prepare Your Teen for Exposure to Drugs in College

Sending a child off to college is a big moment for a parent. They worry about how their offspring will juggle their various responsibilities, if they will eat healthily, and if they will be safe on campus. In addition, parents are often concerned about whether their children will be able to resist the urge to...
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hand holding nasal spray - overdose
10
Jul

How Does Narcan (Naloxone) Work to Stop an Overdose?

An Overview Deaths from opioid overdose have been at record levels in recent years. As a result, there has been more interest in ways to prevent deaths from overdoses. Narcan is the solution currently in use. Narcan is the trademark name for the drug naloxone hydrochloride, a prescription medication used to reverse overdoses from opioids...
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