Florida Votes For Medical Marijuana

Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with certain “debilitating medical conditions” on Tuesday. An astonishing 71.3 percent of voters approved the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2. It will allow medical marijuana to be provided as a treatment for patients with a “debilitating medical condition”

Anxiety Often Co-Occurs with Substance Use: Wells Fargo and Hand Sanitizer

Stress is one factor that can lead people to turn to drugs and alcohol. The pressures of work, home, and family can sometimes overwhelm people. While some find healthy ways to deal with stress, others use self-destructive means. The pressure can be particularly difficult to handle when combined with an untreated anxiety disorder. One extreme

Why Medical Marijuana Is Not What You Think

Floridians will vote on November 8th on a constitutional amendment that will legalize medical marijuana in the state, if adopted. Recent polls indicate that this time, it will surpass the necessary 60 percent approval margin. In 2014, a similar measure failed to achieve this required supermajority but received a 57.6 percent ‘yes’ vote. Following the

Anxiety and Alcohol Abuse in Elizabeth Vargas’ Memoir of Panic and Addiction

Former ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas covered the 9/11 attacks on America, the invasion of Iraq, and the Amanda Knox trial. While appearing poised and professional on television, she was desperately trying to control her panic attacks. She did what many women do when they suffer from relentless anxiety—she self-medicated with alcohol. Vargas’s memoir, Between

Prescription for Change: President Obama and Macklemore Team Up to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Last year, Macklemore took on the opioid epidemic with a new song. “Kevin” addressed the addiction crisis with lyrics like “a pill that a doctor prescribed / and a drug that a million dollar industry supplied,” homing in on the controversial use of oxycontin as a pain reliever in particular. “This one is personal,” Macklemore

A Healing Environment for Women in Recovery

Recovery is different for women. Stephanie Covington is a pioneer in the field of women’s issues, addiction, and recovery. She is also the main inspiration behind the women’s program at Lakeview Health. For Dr. Covington, a healing environment should be characterized by safety, connection, and empowerment. “In one of the first studies on addicted women

Recovery Month 2016: Art Therapy

By: Candace Guillory, M.S., A.T.R. Art Therapist About Art Therapy Within the art therapy sessions, I encourage patients to explore identity, barriers to feeling empowered, personal goals in sobriety, and deficits in self-esteem.  I witness patients transform and engage within a creative and spiritual awakening as they draw, paint, sculpt, and create. People who were

The Recovery of Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach is a Soccer Champion With 184 goals, she is the leading career scorer—male or female—in international soccer. Wambach has more international goals than Pelé and Lionel Messi combined. The openly lesbian athlete retired in December after leading the U.S. Women’s National Team to its third world championship in 2015. Wambach was the FIFA

Recovery Month 2016: Health and Fitness Program

About Our Health and Fitness Program Most people are aware of the countless benefits exercise can provide to their health, mental wellness, and overall life, but most are not aware of the impact of exercise on those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.  An exercise program in early recovery has been proven to reduce

Recovery Month 2016: Recreation Therapy

By: Alexis Thomas, M.S., LMHC, CTRS Recreation Therapist The Purpose and Theoretical Foundation of Recreation Therapy Recreation Therapy helps foster an atmosphere where patients can learn to incorporate health leisure activities into the recovery plan. Research has illustrated that people in recovery participating in healthy physical activities and meditation have greater rates of abstinence and self-growth.