America’s Prescription Pill and Heroin Epidemic


It is pop quiz time here at Sober Nation.

What is the leading cause of death right here in the U S of A?

If you guessed drug overdoses, you are absolutely correct.

While it may not come as any surprise, drug overdoses have surpassed car accidents and gunshot wounds as the leading cause of accidental death in this country. Yes, the specter of America’s drug epidemic has stayed on the front page of the news and social media and health officials, lawmakers and citizens alike are wrestling with ways to stem the tide.

The biggest concern centers around America’s prescription pill and heroin epidemic. Just by looking at the sheer numbers, it doesn’t take much […]

Heroin Addicted Woman Begs Judge To Send Her To Jail To Get Clean

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If anyone reading this has ever been addicted to heroin, you know the hopelessness that comes along with the drug.

This hopelessness is what motivated Kayla Dempsey, a 25-year-old woman from Youngstown Ohio, to desperately beg her judge to send her to jail for 30 days so she could get clean. The admitted heroin addict pleaded guilty to possession of a drug instrument and requested that Youngstown Judge Elizabeth Kobly throw her in jail for 30 days so she could get clean.

“There’s no help out there anymore. There’s a three-month waiting list for any rehab around here because of the heroin epidemic. It was faster to go to jail.”

This simple […]

The Otherside Of Alcoholism – The People We Put Through Hell [Podcast]

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It never gets better. It always gets worse.

There is a strange dichotomy with alcoholism. You want people to leave you alone, yet you wish someone would be there to help you.

How dare them!

My family doesn’t reach out to me about my drinking, even though they can see I am in pain. Yet I am hiding my drinking from them in the first place. Not to mention, I secretly resent them for being a “normal drinkers.”

How could they possibly understand?

The family aspect of addiction is a topic that we have touched on a lot on this website. Addiction affects more than the person with the addiction, it affects everyone. It is terrible […]

5 Recovery Apps That You Can Use Now!


There’s an app for that….

This catchphrase has become common speak in our fast paced, here today-gone later today technological world. Phone apps have become the savior for many who are looking to make their lives easier and more stress-free?

You want to order pizza without picking up the phone? You want to know where the nearest post office is in a new city? Do you want to learn the right way to play “Stairway to Heaven”? You guessed it…there’s an app for that. Dating, gaming, tips for home and garden, exercise, taxes, employment–phone apps have become an indispensable tool.

Recovery, Inspiration, and Motivation–Coming to an iPhone, iPad or Android Near You

With the widespread popularity […]

7 Recovery Quotes From Celebrities That Will Make You Think

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“I’ve wanted to feel pleasure to the point of insanity. They call it getting high, because it’s wanting to know that higher level, that godlike level. You want to touch the heavens, you want to feel glory and euphoria, but the trick is it takes work.

– Anthony Kiedis

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“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

-J.K. Rowling

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“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind […]

3 Reasons I Miss Being A Drug Addict

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Let’s get real for a second.

We all love to drink. If we didn’t love it, we wouldn’t do it. No matter how much I hate OxyContin, there is a part of me that will always love it.

I had no idea what I was in for…

It was a normal Saturday night. I was 19 years old. I was hanging out at a friends house who lived on 16th and Jefferson in North Philadelphia. We will call my friend Stan. Stan and I were going to a club that always served under age kids. We would share some joints and a few drinks and a lot of laughs.

This night was different. […]

The Not So Sobering Truth Behind Drinking And Driving [Podcast]

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Many people associate drunk driving as a completely preventable offence.

It’s never that simple. Just think back to the last time you tried to tell a drunk person that they shouldn’t drive home. There always seems to be some kick back. What is it about alcohol that makes us think we are invincible or that we don’t need help?

The statistics between drunk driving and auto fatalities are alarming to say the least. These statistics are especially scary when we compare it to teenagers and their driving habits.

RELATED: 7 Scary Statistics About Drinking And Driving

Unfortunately, getting behind the wheel after a few drinks is a common occurrence in our country. The […]

10 Ways To Meet New Friends In Sobriety [Podcast]

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On today’s podcast, we are going to discuss 10 ways that you can make new friends in sobriety.

Let’s face it, if you really want to get sober and maintain your sobriety, you’re probably going to have to change who you hang out with. Maybe not all your friends, but probably a couple.

Relationships are key. Most people need help getting sober. I know for myself, I needed people who could tell me the truth, who could look at things objectively and tell me what I needed to hear and not what I wanted to hear.

Accountability is something we all must learn, and many times changing who we associate ourselves with […]

Why We All Need To Stop Debating The Disease Model Of Addiction

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You know what they say about opinions…

I recently read an article published on the NY Post. The article is called Addiction Is Not A Disease – And We’re Treating Addicts Incorrectly. A man named Kyle Smith published a well researched and well-articulated article expressing his reasoning behind why we should stop calling addiction a disease. I respect everyone’s opinion and he makes some very valid points.

The issue I have is when people spend a lot of time writing articles that really are intended to sensationalize something as emotionally charged and life-shattering as addiction. Let me explain…

Addiction Treatment And The Disease Model

This article had some very […]

Substance For You! A New Age Recovery Brand Spreading The Message

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Sober Nation is thrilled to announce the joining and collaborative efforts between Sober Nation and Substance For You to bring awareness to addictions and alcoholism in efforts to combine our strengths to keeping people clean and healthy in their daily lifestyle. Sober Nation now carries select items from the Substance For You Clothing line brand and is going to great lengths together to increase awareness and support for the issues of sobriety and recovery. Come check out their brand on our store at

Substance For You LLC is a structured brand designed to raise awareness for addiction battles and awareness of the cause. They also support recovery stories and aim at giving […]

Lights Out: Looking to Help Kickstart the Sober Nightlife Revolution


When the evenin’ sun goes down You will find me hangin’ ’round Oh, the night life, it ain’t no good life But it’s my life…

–Willie Nelson “Night Life”

When we think about nightlife, there is something about it that can act like a swizzle stick to the soul and stir up the social animal within all of us. When the sun goes down, we want to be where the action is – the action can most often be in the heart of the city.

Amidst the constant buzz of neon signs and street lights, bars, nightclubs and late-night restaurants you can hear the constant chatter of conversation along with the smack of billiard balls, the glorious […]

4 Tips To Keep You Sane When Your Loved One Won’t Stop Drinking

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They are my worst memories.

They are the one’s that are embedded in my mind so vividly, that I can still remember what we were wearing and what was said. All of the moments I wish I could forget have one thing in common.

The common denominator is that someone I love couldn’t stop drinking. Watching someone slowly destroy themselves is like some kind of Greek tragedy, where all the potential and love and beauty in that person slowly subsides into a pit of hubris and shame.

They say it’s a family disease, and I get that. It doesn’t heal the wounds any faster. I have had to […]

The Herren Project: Providing Positive Impact on the Lives of Addicts Everywhere

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When you cruise through the Sober Nation website, you will see that we strive to be the leading resource of addiction and treatment resources available anywhere. From insightful recovery blogs and informational articles to a comprehensive drug rehab directory, Sober Nation is your go-to source that you can turn to and trust.

We at Sober Nation also like to shine the spotlight on those organizations that are doing wonderful things in the recovery community. We realize that as a nation that is built on overcoming addiction and sharing our stories of recovery, we want to show some love for those who work to strengthen the recovery community […]

The 4 Daily Habits That Have Kept Me Sober

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I recently read a book called The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

It was a great book and I recommend that everyone who is interested in success and self-improvement give it a read, but as usual, I translated a lot of what the book said into my own recovery.

It occurred to me that a lot of my own recovery has had to do with forming habits and creating patterns in my life that would snowball into a transformation of myself. I can only speak on my own experience but I am sure there are thousands of recovered addicts and alcoholics who can attest to the same transformations.


Dealing With Death And Not Picking Up A Drink [Podcast]

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Everyone dies.

It’s something we all have to learn to deal with. Dealing with death is one of the most painful and confusing parts of being a person. Just thinking about it brings me anxiety. Thinking about my loved ones, knowing that one day they will die – it’s terrifying.

Nonetheless, it will happen. The world will keep spinning and we will all be left with memories.

For people like us, we have to deal with this grief and this pain while maintaining our sobriety. Drinking our sadness away will not help, in fact it will only make things worse. Learning how to deal with pain and grief while staying sober […]

My Interview With The Addiction Show: Talking About Sober Nation, Second Chances and Rock and Roll


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A couple of days ago I wrote an article about recovery coach/trainer and podcaster Shira Goldberg. Just as a refresher, she is the host of The Addiction Show which can be seen exclusively on YouTube.

A couple of weeks back I was fortunate enough to be asked to do an interview for the show, and you can watch the interview in its’ entirety below. It is rare that I get to put down the pen and give my typing fingers a much need break and get a chance to talk.

When you watch the video a few things are apparent: I use my hands a lot…a lot a […]

The Addiction Show: Helping to Erase Stigma


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Addiction is ugly, nasty and a hell that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. We see the devastating effects of substance abuse on the nightly news and in our own backyards. It is a problem that is the elephant in the room, and yet it is an issue that people avoid having serious discussions about it because of the stigma that is attached to it.

Even though our understanding and views of addiction are constantly changing and we look at those who are addicted in a more humane light, the stigma surrounding addiction is still strong. Despite all the advances in treating this disease and the ways we can […]

It Works If You Work It


I recently started working out again, and I have to be totally honest with you–my fitness sucks.

Not only am I spending a large portion of my exercise regimen sucking wind, holding back vomit and turning different shades of color, I am asking myself “what in the hell am I doing?” a lot. I know that I am doing right by my body, my mind and my soul; its just that my body, my mind and my soul are not quite on the same page or chapter yet.

But I know if I keep working at it and keep going and keep my resolve, I will look and feel better. The same thing can […]

Buddhist Perspectives On Addiction and Recovery


As a young child in the 1970’s, Saturday morning cartoons were religion. While I hated waking up early and sliding into my Garanimals so I could go to school during the week, I gladly flew out of bed at 7am so I could pour my never-ending bowl of Corn Flakes with the glucose quicksand at the bottom and spend my mornings in front of the old Sylvania.

Schoolhouse Rock was probably my favorite cartoon ever. For those who remember it, the opening credits contained the catchphrase knowledge is power. That phrase stayed with me throughout the years, and even through the period where alcohol addiction hotwired my brain, hijacked my conscience and basically ruined my life.


Meet The Royal Family Behind Oxycontin

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I don’t know about you, but Forbes magazine’s annual richest U.S families list is always an interesting read. Here I am quite content and happy being a “thousandaire” and I get to read about people and families who are able to add a few more zeros to the end of their fortune.

I couldn’t even imagine being that obscenely wealthy; well, maybe I could, but what I am imagining wouldn’t be very flattering.

At any rate, this year’s list are full of the usual names: Walton, Koch, Hearst, Dupont. This year, however, there is a new name on that list: Sackler.

The Sackler family, with an estimated net worth of $14 […]