Recovery is possible. It is not easy, it will be a daily struggle to maintain sobriety, but it is doable. You should take it day by day, sometimes minute by minute is necessary. Your recovery will look very different from my recovery. There is not a one size fits all path to recovery. Everyone mustContinue reading “Recovery”

What is Addiction?

ad·dic·tion/əˈdikSH(ə)n/ noun the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. Addiction can come in many shapes and sizes, and one very important piece to remember is that addiction does not discriminate. No one is immune to addiction. Opioids do not care if you are rich, if you are poor,Continue reading “What is Addiction?”

About Me

My name is Charrisa and I am a nurse practitioner who is passionate about addiction medicine and recovery. I realized a couple of years ago that I wanted to do more than just treat individuals with addiction. I met with a patient who actually cried and thanked me for treating them with respect and likeContinue reading “About Me”

What is Stigma?

Stigma: /ˈstiɡmə/ noun a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person When an individual struggles with an addiction to an illegal substance, they are usually viewed as bad people, people who do not deserve to breathe our air or continue living. I was actually asked once why people with opioid useContinue reading “What is Stigma?”

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