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5-23-2018 Quote of the day: Recovery

You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy.  You were created to be victorious.

How to Succeed In Life After Adderall

How to Succeed In Life After Adderall

-Mayah Taylor, MA Adderall and other stimulant drug use is constantly rising. More and more people seek out the use of these drugs whether they are legally prescribed to them or not because they increase alertness, attention, and energy. But do you actually need these stimulant drugs to succeed? Are these drugs the only way […]

Dangers of the Study Drug with College Students

Dangers of the Study Drug with College Students

-Mayah Taylor, MA The life of a college student is a challenging one. Midterms,  finals, quizzes, 10+ page papers, or that big project they’ve worked on the whole semester on. Many students who are faced with this can often feel overwhelmed. In order to excel and not flunk out, students turn to “study drugs.” Study […]

Are You A Drug Supplier to Your Kids?

Are You A Drug Supplier to Your Kids?

-Mayah Taylor, MA In the previous weeks blogs, we discussed how to be aware of the signs you or someone you know may be misusing prescription meds and how to talk to your doctor about avoiding pain pill addiction. This weeks blog asks the question, Are you a drug supplier to your kids? Prescription medications […]

Signs You’re Misusing Your Medication

Signs You’re Misusing Your Medication and What to Do with Excess Medication

-Mayah Taylor, MA Home medicine cabinets are quickly becoming the new drug dealer. We know that people tend to keep expired and unused medication in their cabinets but the misuse of prescribed medication can have catastrophic consequences. This growing problem not only affects young people but people over all age groups. In order to become […]

Tips for Talking to Your Healthcare Provider about Addiction to Pain Pills and How You Can Avoid Abuse of Your Pain Medication (2)

Tips for Avoiding Pain Pill Addiction: Talking to Your Doctor is Key

How to Talk to Your Healthcare Provider about Addiction to Pain Pills -Mayah Taylor, MA More than 80% of Americans had contact with a healthcare provider in the last year which places Doctors in the unique position to identify non-medical use of prescription drugs and stop the escalation of non-medical use to a substance use […]

Toxic People and How They Ruin our Recovery

The road to recovery is often described as a tenacious path where you need to surround yourself with people who will help you achieve your goal of building a good life away from substances. A tenacious attitude will also help heal your soul. You cannot afford to be around people who will drain you of […]

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Somatic Experience and Addiction

Grateful to have been asked to speak at the McShin Foundation about Somatic Experience and Addiction. Within the image are a few takeaways from the presentation. These body symptom techniques help to “awaken” and restore one’s sense of safety. I hope to write more about Somatic Experience in the future.   If I could replace […]

Handling Your Child's Drug Addiction Problem

Handling Your Child’s Drug Addiction Problem

I Believe My Child Has an Alcohol or Drug Addiction Problem, Now What? -Mayah Taylor, MA Addiction can be a terrible disease and such a hard one to break away from. It can be even more challenging when it hits home. For parents, discovering or just simply suspecting that your child may be addicted to […]

Keeping a Sober Holiday Family Celebration

Keeping a Sober Holiday Family Celebration

-Mayah Taylor, MA We all know the holidays can be a festive time of the year. A time for giving, a time for creating memories, and a time to be with family. But sometimes being with family can also present its own set of challenges especially when you are in recovery from substance abuse. You […]


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