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The Purpose of an Alumni Program

Recovering from a substance use disorder is a lengthy process. Recovery begins the moment a person admits that they have an addiction problem, and they need help. The help is normally in the form of treatment in an addiction treatment facility. But this is not the only process involved for a complete recovery. After the…

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What Is the Purpose of National Recovery Month?

The purpose of National Recovery Month is to create more awareness about addiction recovery and to celebrate those in recovery from mental health issues and substance use disorders. During the month of September, addiction treatment centers in Maryland often schedule events as a way of garnering public support for addiction treatment and recovery. The event…

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The Stages of Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery is a step-by-step process that happens gradually over time. It can take an individual several months or even years to develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol, and chances are, it could take years for them to fully recover. For some, substance abuse recovery is a lifelong pursuit. The focus of an addiction…

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Celebrating National Recovery Month

During the month of September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month. This is the time of year in which SAMHSA, government agencies, addiction recovery services, private entities, and community organizations come together to celebrate those in recovery and create awareness for individuals and families struggling with addiction. The…

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Outreach, Alumni, and Connection: Matt Paris’s Story

Matt Paris is the Regional Community Outreach Specialist at Fresh Start Recovery Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Paris is uniquely qualified to share the message from Fresh Start because he, too, has been in treatment for a Substance Use Disorder. Today he has more than seven years clean. Born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, Paris…

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Cultivating a Space for Long-Term Recovery: Joe Hindman’s Story

Joe Hindman–the Director of Outreach for Fresh Start Recovery Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland–has been sober more than 11 years. Considering he is only 31 years old, Joe’s story is not very different from that of many adolescents, teens and young adults in this country. A growing number of people in that age group habitually use…

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Sober for the Holiday’s

Surviving The Holiday Season Sober Whether you are considering entering recovery, newly sober or have been sober for quite some time, the holidays are, without a doubt, a stressful time of the year. Sobriety during the holidays may even seem completely impossible to some. How do you possibly not drink on the obligatory night out…