History Made at 2015 Recovery Research Awards

History Made at 2015 Recovery Research Awards

On December 5th, the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS) hosted their First Annual Recovery Research Awards Banquet. This event honored a number of champions within the recovery and addiction research field. Award recipients included the renowned William (“Bill”) White; Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Dr. John Kelly of Harvard Medical School; Dr. Sigurd Zielke, co-founder of Hope Academy Recovery High School; Dr. Andy Finch, co-founder of ARS; Dr. Paul Moberg, acclaimed evaluation researcher; Andrew Burki, Life of Purpose, founder and CEO.

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Life of Purpose Accredited by the Joint Commission

Life of Purpose Accredited by the Joint Commission

We are proud to announce that we have officially earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program was established in 1969, and has long set the standard for measuring outcome based patient care at the institutional level. CEO and founder, Andrew Burki states “Because our model is unique within the substance use disorder treatment industry, accreditation is particularly important in order to ensure that our services are consistent with the highest possible care standards.” 

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Beyond the Realm of Comfort

Beyond the Realm of Comfort

During the first few semesters of my college career, I distracted myself from my responsibilities as a daughter, student, and friend. I focused instead on anything that required less mental and emotional investment and allowed me to get out of my own skin, even if only for a couple of hours at a time. Several of my classes piqued my attention, but not as significantly as did living just a couple of miles from the Old Port bar scene. I skated by as a freshman and sophomore, attending classes only when I felt like it and withdrawing from several once I realized I could not both successfully complete a class and spend my weekends the way I wanted.

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Second Chances

Second Chances

I grew up in a small town and I had dreams and ambitions just like all the other 5th graders. I remember one class when the teacher asked all the students to stand and tell the class what they wanted to do when they grew up. There were many answers including teachers, doctors, and lawyers. Not a single person responded with they wanted to grow up to be homeless, with a substance use disorder, be a college drop out, or an inmate at a correctional facility. My 5th grade dream was to be an attorney. I wanted to defend those who could not defend themselves.

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8 Ways to Say “See Ya!” to Stress

8 Ways to Say “See Ya!” to Stress

If you are approaching finals of any kind, the next few weeks are inherently some of the most stressful of the entire year. When we feel like we are drowning in a sea of flashcards or getting caught up in a tornado of final paper drafts, moving smoothly through stress can feel way out of reach. Here are a handful of action steps that I will be attempting in order to conquer the stressors of finals season (and to be as relaxed as possible while doing so)!

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A Must Read About Holiday Safety for Students in Recovery

A Must Read About Holiday Safety for Students in Recovery

The holidays are stressful enough for anyone, but especially for a college student trying to knock out those last finals and preparation for the spring semester. The flood of Holiday parties is upon us. There are celebrations going on around our cities and for those of us in recovery this is a great time, and also a time to be vigilant! This remark is not only for the holidays but all year round, “READ THE LABEL!”

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The Sum of Us is Greater

The Sum of Us is Greater

For many of us, entrance into recovery requires support – and lots of it. This encouragement might come in the form of a listening ear; financial help from parents; affirmation that our new endeavors are worthwhile; or even a simple smile from a new or old friend. As long as the support reaches us, the vehicle it takes does not matter.

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So You’ve Found Recovery… Now What?!

So You’ve Found Recovery… Now What?!

Treatment is the beginning. Some of us who are fortunate enough to be placed or “asked to attend” a treatment center know that there are many different pathways that are tailored for an individual’s needs. Which is an awesome thing, however what happens after treatment? We get out of the 30, 60, or 90 day programs (or maybe longer) and we ask ourselves “Now what?” There is no easy answer for this question, nor is there a wrong answer if you are looking to continue this journey of recovery.

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Devin Reaves Joins Life of Purpose!

Devin Reaves Joins Life of Purpose!

We are proud to introduce the newest member of the Life of Purpose, Devin Reaves!

Devin is a person living in long-term recovery since 2007.  He is a tireless community organizer and grassroots advocacy leader. As such, Devin has worked on expansion of access to the lifesaving drug Naloxone and implantation of 911 Good Samaritan policies in his community. He wants to foster relationships to build constituencies of consequence that will lead to meaningful public health policy changes around substance abuse disorders.

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5 Ways to Rock the Holidays as a Student in Recovery

5 Ways to Rock the Holidays as a Student in Recovery

Now that Halloween is over, stores are putting up holiday decorations and countless radio stations will be playing an endless loop of jingles until New Year’s. Some of us are thrilled by this (I do shamelessly get into the spirit by the time Thanksgiving rolls around) and others –  not so much. It is very possible to crush the holidays as a student in recovery, regardless of how you feel about the decorations and the jingles. Here are a handful of my favorite ways:

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Empowerment is a Key Tool in Treating Young People with SUDs

Empowerment is a Key Tool in Treating Young People with SUDs

I found recovery on the basic assumption that recovery would make my life better. I didn’t really know what it was or how I was going to get there, but I knew that something needed to change. I was at a point in life where my future looked like certain impending doom. I have a vivid memory of contemplating my future inside of a jail cell. I saw two roads, one was run and the other was pick up the broken pieces that my life had turned into and put them back together.

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A Brief Reflection of the Recovery Advocacy Movement

A Brief Reflection of the Recovery Advocacy Movement

Recently, I spent some time traveling up through the North East for work and advocacy. The trip was amazing and I certainly was able to get a whole lot done. There was something special about it though. It was the kind of week that I feel like I will look back on as a pivotal moment. I went from UNITE to Face Addiction in DC and then hopped on the train with Andrew Burki to check out Philadelphia/South Jersey (where I am from) and finished things off at my alma matter, Penn State University.

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Life of Purpose Becomes a Member of the MAP Recovery Network

Life of Purpose Becomes a Member of the MAP Recovery Network

Life of Purpose Treatment announced today it has joined the MAP Recovery Network, The Premier Outcomes-Driven Provider Network, to help improve its clients’ long-term recovery rates. By joining more than 50 members of the Recovery Network, Life of Purpose will be able to more effectively navigate the changing reimbursement model and differentiate itself to behavior healthcare consumers using quality measures. The Recovery Network is the first-ever, standardized, outcomes-driven alliance comprised of providers dedicated to delivering quality addiction treatment, utilizing resources to track and apply outcomes data, improve services and demonstrate the efficacy of addiction treatment programs. By joining the Recovery Network, Life of Purpose increases its ability to help clients achieve long-term recovery from substance misuse.

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ABCD: Understanding the Risks of Substance Use Disorder

ABCD: Understanding the Risks of Substance Use Disorder

When our son, then 18, went to inpatient treatment for his substance use disorder, my husband and I were relieved that he was finally going to get the help we knew he’d needed for a long time. We had first suspected there was a problem in high school when we would find marijuana paraphernalia and rolling papers in his jeans pockets when we were doing the laundry. Curfews were routinely broken; twice, the police were involved.

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LIFE OF PURPOSE AND YPR: The E.P.I.C. Integration of Advocacy into Clinical Care

LIFE OF PURPOSE AND YPR: The E.P.I.C. Integration of Advocacy into Clinical Care

Life of Purpose CEO and founder, Andrew Burki has always been a staunch supporter of the advocacy mission of Young People in Recovery (YPR). The Life of Purpose treatment model is built around the core mission of empowering young people in early recovery by providing them with educational opportunities that have historically been unavailable in traditional treatment environments. So this shared ideological value of empowering recovering young people has created a natural partnership between the two organizations that has resulted in several promising joint advocacy initiatives.

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Top Ten Realizations of Students in Recovery

Lissa Franklin is a current University of Miami student and a Clinical Outreach Coordinator at Life of purpose. Our director of Technology, Jimmy Hatzell, was a 2015 Penn State graduate and former president of the Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community. Jimmy and Lissa sat down together to brainstorm the top ten realizations that they made when perusing their education as students in recovery.

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Changing the Treatment Industry with Higher Education

Changing the Treatment Industry with Higher Education

When I was 19 I had my first look at recovery. As recommended by the Penn State office of student conduct, I met with the Program Coordinator of the Collegiate Recovery Community in University Park, Jason Whitney. He talked about his recovery and how he got sober when he was 19 at the University of Colorado. I related to him, but decided that I wasn’t ready to give up drugs and alcohol.

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The Road to Recovery Day

Almost exactly four years ago a high school senior in Delaware took the leap into long term recovery to confront his struggles with substance use. Despite his struggles in the past, he applied, was accepted, and enrolled in classes at George Washington University later that fall. Fast forward to present day, “I’m a senior in the School of Business, soon to be a graduate student in the School of Education and Human Development, studying Higher Education Administration,” and if that is just not enough, “Currently, I’m the Education Lead for the DC Chapter of Young People in Recovery, on the board of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, and on the Student Organization Advisory Board here on campus.” Meet Tim Rabolt.

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