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Gregg Makuch

Gregg helps get the word out about The Clearing. When he’s not riding his bike and enjoying the beauty of the San Juan Islands, Gregg loves to cook and spend time with his family.
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What the Death of Prince Says About Our Escalating Opioid Crisis

 

The world continues to mourn the untimely death of Prince, who died of an accidental overdose of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, according the medical examiner's report. How did this happen? What may have led to this? What does this say about our escalating opioid crisis?

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Don't Miss These Top 25 Addiction Bloggers

When you’re struggling with addiction, it’s all too easy to feel as though you are alone in the fight. It’s tempting to think that everyone else has no problems with drugs and alcohol, that you’re the only one who can’t seem to draw the line. We really love the work of the following top 25 addiction bloggers and encourage you to check them out.

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3 Myths about Trauma and Addiction

Did you know that trauma and addiction are often co-habitants? They're linked in stronger ways than previously thought. And get this - 1 in 4 of us will experience a traumatic event before age 4. 

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How Meditation Aids Mind Body Health

Do you categorize meditation as one of those tasks you really should get around to, but never actually do? Do you see it as something that only “ultra-spiritual” people pursue? If so, you’re not alone.

Many people have heard about the tremendous mind body health and wellness benefits of meditation, but they don’t take the plunge and practice. Why?

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How a Sense of Purpose Can Impact Emotional Health

What is your passion? What gives meaning to your everyday life? What are your aspirations? What gets you out of bed each day? What are your talents? Are you willing to share your gifts with the world? Bottom line: What is your purpose?

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6 Ways to Pay For Rehab

Here’s the truth: high-quality residential addiction treatment is expensive.

Factor in a month’s worth of round-the-clock medical supervision, plus mental health care from compassionate professional counselors, plus clean and comfortable accommodation and fresh, healthy food … and the total adds up fast.

But, rest assured - there are many options to get the help you need.

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Best Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in Washington State (WA)

Over the years, we’ve spoken to hundreds of people suffering from a Dual Diagnosis of addiction and a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety. Many of these people are in Washington state and ask us about the different dual diagnosis treatment center options available here.

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Don't Make These Resolutions When Seeking Recovery

Are you considering addiction treatment in the new year? Many people see the turning of the calendar as an opportunity to turn their life around and finally get control back. That's great, but often the process of researching and thinking about what addiction recovery program may work for you often gets clouded by things that ultimately don't matter much. Here's our list of 5 things to avoid as you search for the addiction recovery program that's right for you.

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Addiction and Psychosocial Development in Early Childhood

Do you trust people? Do you trust yourself? Our trust is usually developed when we're around zero to three years old.  We all go through a very similar psychosocial development in early childhood that forms us as adults. For those suffering from addiction, understanding these psychosocial stages starts the process of recovery. 

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Another Look at Step 12 of the 12 Steps



Here's the 12th and final in our series on a different perspective with the 12-Steps addiction treatment program and how each step compares with a 12 Steps alternative approach.

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