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Navigating the Holidays With an Eating Disorder

The holidays claim to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for those with an eating disorder these seasons present new and difficult challenges for staying on track with recovery. Why is that? First and foremost, the holidays are an emotionally taxing time for those who don’t have an eating disorder. Family drama,…

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3 Ways to Enjoy a Sober Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day is filled with many traditions. The kids come home from college, the house smells of wonderful home-cooked meals, and the family gets together to celebrate. Quite often, Thanksgiving also involves alcohol and, sometimes, drugs. But what if you want to have a sober Thanksgiving? For some in recovery, that can be a real…

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How to Maintain Sobriety During Christmas

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Addiction, substance abuse disorders, and alcoholism impact roughly 23 million Americans annually, while 10% of Americans will eventually develop a substance abuse disorder. Additionally, another 33% of Americans will struggle with a drinking problem or alcoholism in their lifetime, making substance abuse-related disorders relatively common. Whether you are struggling with a substance abuse problem or…

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Sober New Year’s Eve Ideas

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One of the most common times to engage in partying, drinking, and drug use is during the holidays. In fact, nearly half of all adults in the United States binge drink during New Year’s alone, which can make it difficult to find sober New Year’s Eve ideas. Substance abuse disorders, addiction, and alcoholism annually impacts…

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First Night

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The holidays are among the most common times of the year for drug use and binge drinking. Holidays can serve as triggers or encourage excessive partying, increasing your risk of overdosing. First Night is the biggest reason why January is second only to December in the number of drug and alcohol-related deaths. Substance abuse, addiction,…

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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

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More than half of all Americans drink alcohol on at least a monthly basis. While alcohol use is legal and widely accepted in many social circles, it is also highly addictive. Not only can drinking lead to both physical and psychological dependency, but it can also shorten your life. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse disorders can…

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Sober Holiday

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Congratulations! This may be your first sober holiday in a while. You can usher in the season with a sense of pride and hope for the future. However, holidays always come with challenges. Triggers and temptations will be everywhere, as you associate certain people, places, or situations with drinking or taking drugs. Now is the…

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National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

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Using drugs and alcohol during adolescence greatly increases your risk of developing an addiction, as 90% of people who have a substance abuse disorder started using substances before they turn 18. National Substance Abuse Prevention Month is dedicated to supporting those impacted by addiction, sharing substance abuse prevention strategies and promoting access to treatment. Substance…

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Tri-State Canine Response Team Visits Victory Bay Recovery Center

Tri-State Canine Response Team

On January 24th Victory Bay Clients and Staff had the opportunity to spend time with members of the Tri-State Canine Response Team. CeCe and her handlers, Ed Dobleman and Janice Campbell provide therapeutic interventions and emotional support throughout the state of New Jersey. The Tri-State K-9 Response Teams have been to multiple communities affected by…

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Helping End The Stigma at the Stop The Heroin Walk 2018

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Stop the Heroin was formed after founders Bill & Tammy Schmincke’s son, Steven James Schmincke, passed away after a heroin overdose the day before Easter 2016. They have come to believe that people who suffer from substance use disorder tend to “burn all their bridges”, ultimately alienating all of their sober friends and family. The…

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