addiction
Staying Strong in Recovery
After working for decades to overcome addiction, Valaida reached a milestone just a few days ago – 15 months of sobriety. Valaida was recently recognized during a celebratory ceremony for graduates of an intensive residential addiction treatment p…
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Speak Up, Reach Out
  September is National Recovery Month and this year’s 25th anniversary theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out.” Schwanna Cockerham-Qualls leads individual and group therapy sessions, and offers a reflection on the Na…
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Celebrating Recovery this Month…and Every Day
National Recovery Month celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. Organized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this year’s National Recovery Month theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach…
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Looking to the Future
Thanks to Calvary I’m finally learning who I really am. Terri*, a Calvary resident, has reached the other side of a painful past. She suffered trauma as a child, and as an adult experienced physical and mental illness, drug addiction and homelessne…
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Friday Round-up: this week in the news
Men and women with mental illnesses “are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses and death.” http://bit.ly/KYeExz Another risk during the hotter months – incidents of domestic violence often rise during the summer: http://bit.ly/N2WSPp…
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Friday Round-up: this week in the news
This recent D.C. heat wave puts people who are homeless at risk: http://huff.to/MXDWiZ. Tips on staying healthy in extreme temperatures: http://bit.ly/LKttne Helpful summary of the ways the Affordable Care Act will benefit people with mental illnesse…
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Friday Round-up: this week in the news
The White House reports on poverty: http://wapo.st/nV03z6 For some with mental illnesses, it’s not only finding a job – but finding the right job – that’s important: http://huff.to/s1IiXo “Female veterans contend with the same stresses tha…
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Survivor
“Are you a survivor?” Sheila asked me as we left the meeting.  I had been speaking to a group about the need for services for women who have experienced domestic and sexual violence.  Sheila had been there to share her personal experience of vi…
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Accessing Detox in the District
See if this sounds familiar to you: I know I should work out more.  I keep intending to do so, but every time I set my mind to some new plan, something comes up.  I am great at getting in my own way.  Maybe it’s a busy week, so I decide to start…
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Honoring Women Veterans
Last week my kids and I were in Detroit for a Tigers baseball game.  We joined everyone in the stadium on that 4th of July weekend in honoring veterans.  As the screen on the scoreboard projected the faces of the veterans in attendance and the crow…
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