5 Ways to Cope with Summer’s Special Challenges

Straw hat, bag and sun glasses on a tropical beach

Long after final graduation, most people still find summer the ideal time to slow down and relax. Leisure travel increases, organizations suspend regular meetings, and 9-to-5 businesses slow their production schedules. Families with schoolchildren make major adjustments in daily routines. Weddings and outdoor events surge in frequency. And—for those who battle alcoholism or other substance

Recovery First Tailgaters

Felicia and Dwayne

“Who Are We? We are a group of people that come together to celebrate fun events, free from mood-altering chemicals. What brings us together is Recovery First!! We celebrate any and all types of events through a tailgate party.  It doesn’t matter the competition or for whom you may root, you are welcome to attend. The only requirement

A Half-Truth is a Whole Lie

My journey into recovery began in 2006, almost 10 years ago now.  I was 28 years old, married, with a 3-year-old daughter. Back then, I wanted to get sober for all the wrong reasons. Mostly, so that my family would leave me alone about it. At that point in my life, I liked my drinking.

Back to Basics: Guiding You Through the 12 Steps

Brown Carver

Formatted by Wally Paton, an Alcoholics Anonymous archivist from Tucson, Arizona, Back to Basics is a reenactment of a 1940’s AA beginner meeting where participants are guided through the 12 steps in four sessions, each an hour long. Originally presented over the course of four weekends, Back to Basics is an experiential workshop which demystifies the

Top 3 Proven Benefits of Rhythm in Recovery Settings

Drumming Therapy teacher in classroom Just Add Rhythm

Rhythm – a helpful tool in recovery and mental wellness The scene is similar each time – participants enter a room set up in a circle of chairs, each with a drum in front of it.  Many times, the activity comes as a surprise that the participants weren’t expecting.  Occasionally, it is met with some