Monthly Archives: December 2018

Four tips for staying sober and avoiding FOMO on New Year’s Eve

If there is one thing that describes my addiction, it was the yearning for connection. Ironic, isn’t it? The thing I spent the most time striving for is the thing that I ultimately couldn’t get, even from the substances that I thought were helping me find it. When I first heard about FOMO — Fear Of Missing Out — something in me clicked and...

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To drink or not to drink around sober people

Addiction is a three-fold illness: “Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.” Or at least so goes the common jest among some recovering persons this time of year. This witticism, however, reflects a more serious challenge that is faced by many recovering people as the holiday season festivities heat up and drinking takes a central and increa...

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If you choose to be sober, do what you can to protect others

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. We know the holiday season is the time for many people to indulge in drinking alcohol well beyond moderate levels, or engage in drug use that can easily shift into an overdose. In fact, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals describes this month as “one of the deadlies...

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Dr. Dennis K. Rhyne returns to Fairbanks staff

Fairbanks welcomes back Dr. Dennis K. Rhyne to its staff. He returns to Fairbanks to serve as a psychiatrist and addictionologist, which helps the organization treat more individuals with co-occurring disorders as well as provide more staffing in the medical office. Co-occurring disorders are the coexistence of both a mental health and substance us...

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How to avoid relapse during the holidays

There is great news for those recovering from addiction: A holly jolly holiday is still possible. Although you may experience some triggers such as being alone during the holidays, dealing with tenuous relationships and fending off constant offers of alcoholic drinks, you can stay sober this season with the help of these tips and tricks. Dr. Jeff N...

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