5 Ways to Sober Summer Fun

Sober Summer

Under the premise of happiness, addiction ultimately steals joy from everyone it ensnares. Don’t let it keep you from enjoying a fun-filled summer. Whether you’re on a personal journey toward sobriety or have yet to declare war on the substance that holds you captive, summer can be fun entirely free from your Drug of Choice (DOC). Unconvinced? Read on. Continue reading

Substance Abuse & PTSD

PTSD and Substance Abuse
Most people associate the term “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD) with military service. But the condition can develop following virtually any trauma that is shocking, scary or dangerous – not just in the aftermath of battle. Survivors and witnesses of assault, traffic accidents, natural and manmade disasters, and family trauma often struggle with the condition. Unfortunately, a common side effect is substance abuse. In fact, Time Magazine reports that “50-66 percent of those who suffer from PTSD also battle simultaneous addiction.” Continue reading

Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

Diversity and toleranceDespite ongoing efforts to banish bullying of people who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) reports that people who identify with the group face social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges more often than people who are heterosexual. The NIH says this group not only faces a greater risk of harassment and violence but also run an increased risk for various behavioral health issues, including addiction. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reports that teenaged lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are two times more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol than their straight peers. Continue reading

Relapse Prevention: After Care Matters

Airplane Crash Sobriety MetaphorSteve Carell’s character reacts with outrage in the 2018 movie, Beautiful Boy, when a substance abuse counselor tells him that relapse is “part of recovery.” He replies: “That’s like saying that crashing is a part of pilot training.” Both characters are right. Relapse is often a part of addiction recovery. But it can wreak as much havoc on the people it touches as an airplane crash. Continue reading

Men’s Health Month & Addiction

Men's Health Month AddictionCelebrated across the country with screenings, fairs, media appearances and outreach activities, June is Men’s Health Month. The purpose of the campaign is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. It also provides a great opportunity to encourage males to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for illness and injury.Men and Health

Since first launching in 1994, the observance has spurred thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. In our efforts to address one of the most startling and pervasive health problems facing men today, MFI offers an array of services tailored to help men (and women) conquer substance abuse as well as other physical and mental health-related conditions. Continue reading