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The truth about alcoholism during the holidays

The truth about alcoholism during the holidays

It’s no secret that the holidays are hard for everyone, but they’re especially hard for recovering alcoholics who are accustomed to drinking on these days. In recovery, alcoholics are told to stay away from certain triggers that may make them think about drinking. Common triggers include family, social gatherings, people who drink, situations where alcohol is available, etc. The holidays often check off many of those triggers just at one family dinner. There are a few things the family can do to make the recovering alcoholic in their life more comfortable: Read More

Breaking the Stigma

Breaking the Stigma

The only problem with addiction that’s bigger than the disease itself, is the way the disease is viewed by society.  In recent years, many treatment centers have banned together to speak out against the negative stigma that comes with addiction. Addiction to drugs or alcohol is often viewed as an issue of morals by members of society who aren’t close to the disease. Because many have a choice as to whether they try drugs or abstain , addiction is viewed as something that the addicted person has done wrong and not as a disease that’s out of their control.  Read More

HopeFest Press Release – 11/10/17

HopeFest Press Release – 11/10/17

On October 22, 2017 caring people from all walks of life teamed up together with the folks at Spark of Hope and the Recovery Community of South Florida to take a stand against the opioid epidemic.  It was an unprecedented gathering of love, unity, inspiration and hope at a time of critical need for those battling the disease of addiction.  With dwindling public & private resources coupled with major health care cutbacks, raising awareness for this dreaded disease is more paramount than ever.  Fortunately, we were blessed to partner up with generous community businesses and altruistic sponsors to bring you HopeFest, our inaugural event that has garnered local as well as national attention in the recovery communities and beyond.   Read More

President Trump declares opioid crisis a national public health emergency

President Trump declares opioid crisis a national public health emergency

This week the president declared a national public health emergency for the opioid crisis. What does this mean for treatment centers like Spark of Hope? Declaring the epidemic a public health emergency allows the government to provide special funding to agencies working to provide treatment and medical care to those seeking recovery from opioid addiction. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Declaring the crisis a national emergency brings awareness to the problem; as well as to the solution. For years researchers have been looking for ways to alleviate the symptoms associated with opiate withdrawal. It’s believed that by relieving these symptoms, more recovering addicts will be given a better head-start when trying to get sober after years of narcotic drug abuse. The other medical solution to this crisis lies in prevention. If pharmaceutical companies are able to create non-narcotic pain medicines that act as a substitute for opiates, the addiction rate will most likely drop significantly and doctors will be able to prescribe less and less of these deadly drugs.  Read More