Blogging with Recovery Army

Helping an Industry Help People

“What The Treatment Industry Fears” We are in the midst of the worst public social health crisis America has ever seen. We are losing more people to a drug overdose than at any time in our history. According to US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, nearly 21 million...

Addiction, Recovery and Student Success

America is dealing with the worst public social health crisis she has ever seen- Addiction. One of the most afflicted populations is our youth and young adults. This population has always been disproportionally touched by addiction because of adolescent risky...

From the Rear View to a Clear View

"We live our lives forward, but only understand our lives backwards" ~ Epictetus The #1 reason why people don’t become who they want to be is because they’ve grown too attached to who they have been. Change is a mountain sometimes. Change from addiction is a mountain...

On the Road to Recovery

There are two types of pain; One that hurts you and One that changes you When I embraced my mission to become part of the solution instead of part of the problem, I had no idea where the journey would take me. I had lost four young adults on my caseload to a drug...

Chasing Detours

“ Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein Every year INC magazine features executives of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the country. In 1991 my company was on the cover; yet two years prior success was...

A Letter From My Past

Sometimes, a destiny imagined can become your truth. Sobriety has given me many things, but to be able to reflect on my journey from the person I was, promising myself to become the person I am, is truly a gift. It’s very rewarding when someone hands you an essay you...

Gratitude in Recovery

Steered Straight's in-depth Student Presentation is done in smaller classrooms or lecture halls and addresses one of the most deadly epidemics affecting adolescents today: prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose. Our presentation focuses on opiates, opioids and...

Our Impending Synthetic Storm

“Danger Gleams Like Sunshine to a Brave Man’s Eyes” Heroin and opiate addiction in America is a pandemic. I have used the word epidemic many times during this escalation of death, but we are at pandemic levels. The problem and the systemic danger to all of us is...

Recovery — The Upside of Down

It gets monotonous at times as I join the many other advocates across America in this fight against addiction. I’m often called “Danny Downer” because it seems as if I’m always delivering bad news, but with so many deaths resulting from overdoses at every...

MarijuanaX – It’s not Marijuana Anymore

The Legalization of Marijuana for medical purposes and now for recreational purposes has become one of the most divisive issues in America. At the same time, it’s the most misunderstood. People state that they are Pro-Marijuana or Anti-Marijuana like it sums up an...

In Recovery…or Recovered?

“In order to have the things that Other People Don’t, You have to be willing to do the things that Other People Won’t” Motivational sayings, inspirational readings, books and motivational seminars.... We pay money to have others motivate us in business, sports and...

The Chokehold of Your Recovery is You!

“Recognize that true power resides within you – never outside of you. Keep your eye on the prize and do not allow yourself to be thrown off course. There is power in the pursuit of your dream.”   — Les Brown “Relapse,” said Mike Tyson at a Drug Court Graduation in...

Recovery On Purpose

Recovery.... By Accident or On Purpose? Pushing those suffering from substance use disorder into treatment is controversial. People say that the “addict” has to want the treatment for it to be successful. It’s very contentious these days to force someone into...

Giving Back – The Cornerstone of Recovery

Recovery from an addiction is truly the most meaningful and beautiful state of life. As someone in long-term recovery from an addiction to drugs, I wish I never knew drugs. I wish I never picked up drugs in the first place, but since I did, since I made that mistake,...