Adventure Therapy
13 Mar 2020

Adventure Therapy Explained

Over the past several decades, groundbreaking research has completely revolutionized the field of addiction treatment. While those addicted to drugs and alcohol were once looked down upon or institutionalized, they are now able to access a wide variety of life-changing therapies. Chief among these is adventure therapy, also referred...

Am I An Alcoholic?
6 Mar 2020

Am I an Alcoholic? | Alcoholism: Symptoms and Self-Test

It's no wonder that many Americans ask themselves, "Am I an alcoholic?" Alcohol use disorder is the most common substance addiction. In the United States, nearly twice as many people suffer from alcoholism than all other substance use disorders combined. According to a 2017 national survey, nearly 14.5 million...

5 Mar 2020

“What you focus on determines what you miss…”

Sunday Sermon: "What you focus on determines what you miss…” March 1, 2020 Processed with VSCO with m5 preset “What you focus on determines what you miss—and what you become.”  Eric Allenbaugh.  In this Sunday message, we look at the essence of this quote and how it speaks to recovery.  We delve...

E-Submit Opioid Prescriptions
28 Feb 2020

New Law Requires TN Doctors to E-Submit Opioid Prescriptions

We’ve previously discussed the devastating effects that the opioid epidemic has had on the state of Tennessee. In Appalachia, overdose mortality rates are 70% higher than in other parts of the country. Today, legislators aim to address one of the root causes of the opioid crisis by enacting a...

Isolation in Early Recovery
21 Feb 2020

Beating Loneliness in Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a disease of isolation. When you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, the connection between you and your substance of choice eclipses relationships with friends and family members. After treatment, you may realize that the early stages of recovery feel a bit isolating themselves; while everyone else...

16 Feb 2020

Sunday Sermon: Spiritual Lessons from a Feral Cat

Sunday Sermon: Spiritual Lessons from a Feral Cat February 16, 2020 Have you ever tried to domesticate a stray and wild animal?  This message shares the journey of trying to domesticate a feral cat and the lessons learned in the process, including: accepting life on life’s terms, patience, and gratitude for...

Meth Use on the Rise
14 Feb 2020

Meth on the Rise | TBI Crime Lab Uncovers New Drug Trend

For the first time, methamphetamine exceeded marijuana as the drug most submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Last year, massive drug busts like those in Hawkins County have led to more meth coming into Tennessee state custody than in any years past. About the TBI The Tennessee Bureau of...

Women in Recovery
6 Feb 2020

How Women Experience Addiction and Recovery

It’s no secret that addiction is a disease that does not discriminate. It has the ability to affect anyone, old or young, male or female. However, women experience addiction completely differently than men: their disease progresses faster, and they face distinctive barriers to treatment. Issues faced by women are influenced...

2 Feb 2020

Sunday Sermon: One Sheep’s Journey

Sunday Sermon:One Sheep's Journey February 2, 2020 Shrek the sheep was found hiding out in a cave in New Zealand six years after he escape his community.  Having avoiding being shorn (having his fleece shaved off) all that time, Shrek was carrying more than 60lbs of fleece, enough for 20 large...

Appalachian Mountains
23 Jan 2020

Drugs in The Tennessee Hills: The Appalachian Opioid Crisis

The Facts of the Epidemic The nexus of America’s opioid epidemic isn’t where most people would expect. It’s not in New York, New York or Los Angeles, California – instead, the hub is in the rural Appalachian region: a mountainous area extending from northern Alabama through Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina,...

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