The Poppy Flower: A Memorial Day remembrance and an epidemic

The weather is finally breaking in the northeast. Over the weekend, I was out and about and ran into some veterans collecting donations as Memorial Day is approaching. I always make a donation, for it is their sacrifices that allow me to live a life of freedom today! I did not have any cash and told them I would be back. When I came out of the store they were gone. I felt terrible that I missed the opportunity to donate and thank them for their service. I walked out into the parking lot and found them loading their car. I gratefully handed them my donation and said, “thank you for your service, it is your service that allows me to live a free life today.” They said wait! Let us give you a poppy. Being a heroin addict in recovery I said “that’s ok, don’t worry about it.” They insisted and I did not want to dishonor their tradition. It is a pretty flower after all, even if it’s meaning is very different to me. Read more

Why Do Celebrities Get a Stigma Free Pass for Addiction and Mental Health Issues?

The list of celebrity deaths from drug use and overdose is long, as this memorial wall illustrates. From Elvis Presley to Prince, Marilyn Monroe to Michael Jackson, there is a price to fame. Whether it be the pressure of too much attention, the lack of privacy, loneliness at the top, or feeling undeserving of it all, being a celebrity has its pitfalls and downsides, oftentimes leading to self-medication in the form of addictive substances as a means to cope.
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4 Tips to Ensure Fear Won't Destroy Your Business

4 Tips To Ensure Fear Won’t Destroy Your Business

Fear can be a good thing if it keeps us from stepping too close to the edge of a cliff or motivates us to dodge out of the way of a speeding car. But in business, you shouldn’t let fear dictate the core of your decision-making process. Here are four ways to manage your fear, move through it and make the best possible calls for the future of your company.

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Many Pathways to Recovery

Many Pathways to Recovery

Historically, people with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) seeking the help of a treatment center were frequently criticized when exploring their uniqueness. 12-step groups were once the only acceptable support program, and often centers would require a client to attend 12-step meetings, even if the client voiced a desire to chose an alternative fellowship.

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New Year Resolutions and Goal Setting How To

What is your new year’s resolution? Setting your resolution up as a goal can help you keep true to yourself and make your resolution “reachable”.

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How to live your life with an attitude of gratitude

The fall season always brings to mind gratitude. We all seem to reflect on gratitude this time of year, perhaps because Thanksgiving prompts us to.  We all have said thank you for…or I am grateful for…but how many actually live with an attitude of gratitude?

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Hurricane Season

Hurricane Preparedness as a Business

Hurricanes come with many dangers, including high speed winds and heavy rain with the potential to cause massive flooding, power outages and destruction. No matter where you are located or what disaster you are preparing for, you should always be ready for the worst-case scenario.
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Opioid epidemic and the heroin vaccine

Opioid epidemic and the heroin vaccine

“The heroin vaccine is one step closer to clinical evaluation,” says Candy S. Hwang, PhD, first author of the study and a research associate at TSRI.

With approximately 10 people overdosing an hour in this country, it’s hard for anyone not to be optimistic about the prospect of a heroin vaccine.
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Falling Into Recovery

Falling Into Recovery

In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month I had asked my Friend “Sam I Am” to write his story; what he was like, what happened, and what he is like now. You see, once sober, Sam took to the act of service as so many of us do in recovery. Working in the Behavioral Health field I continually meet colleagues who share their story, their journey that brought them to sobriety, and a life being fulfilled by working in recovery. Read more

Support the Arts

Integrity Billing Supporting the Arts in our Community

At Integrity Billing, we value fully engaging in the communities where we live and work. One way we do this is by supporting local organizations that provide services to improve the lives of area residents, with a particular focus on education, healthcare, recovery and the arts. Read more