Alcohol Abuse and the Holidays: Warning Signs and How to Seek Help

By Alexandra Becker The holiday season is a time for merriment and celebration, but it can also be marked by stress and grief, especially this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic casts a shadow over customary gatherings and traditions. As such, many people who turn to alcohol—either for added cheer or to cope with loss—find themselves [Continue Reading]


The “100 Deadliest Days” Are Upon Us: Is Your Family Safe?

For most teens, the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day represents summer fun and a break from school and homework.  Sadly, it’s earned another distinction as the “100 Deadliest Days” of the year for teen drivers. According to AAA, more than 1,050 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 between [Continue Reading]

Ali Vise

“Falling out of love with heroin and in love with recovery”

Joshua Steenburg’s life started out like any other – a happy home with a loving and supportive family.  Unfortunately, he got caught up in an epidemic that experts say is his generation’s HIV crisis – opioid addiction. Joshua opened up about his journey in a poem he wrote on Sept. 25, 2014, when he was [Continue Reading]

Tashika Varma

Parents: Do you know the warning signs of suicide?

There has been a lot of talk about the Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why,” in which a teen girl leaves behind pre-taped messages for her classmates explaining what led her to take her own life. Her devastated parents are left to piece together why the tragedy happened and how they could have stopped it. [Continue Reading]

Tashika Varma

“My first year as a recovering alcoholic.”

To raise awareness of alcohol addiction, we continue our series of blogs written by people in recovery.  According to the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States.  Over 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence [Continue Reading]

Tashika Varma

“My name is Mary and I’m an alcoholic.”

April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  According to the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, it was established in 1987 to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. Often, the best way to raise awareness and inspire others is by sharing a personal story, which is what Mary, a former [Continue Reading]

Tashika Varma