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Young man wearing surgical mask, hands on head in a frustrated manner because he is coping with coronavirus stress.
Posted by | April 23, 2020
Coping with Coronavirus Stress in California: Protecting Your Mental Health

  You are not alone if coping with coronavirus stress and anxiety has taken over your headspace lately. What you may not know is how much of an impact coronavirus...

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Empty chairs in a circle at an Alcoholics Anonymous recovery meeting
Posted by | March 20, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 and Social Distancing on Addiction Recovery

  Contrary to the idea of social distancing, for those in recovery, attending face-to-face recovery meetings that emphasize closeness are essential to staying strong in the ever-present battle against addiction...

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Closeup on an elderly woman's face leaning on her hand as she looks out a window, meaning to signify the isolation of substance abuse in the elderly.
Posted by | February 22, 2020

Recognizing Substance Abuse in the Elderly

  As we age, there are many chronic conditions that we become more susceptible to such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis and more. What is surprising is that substance...

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Book open to the word "ADDERALL" written over an illustration of the chemical makeup of the drug. Test tubes and a flask are partially visible in the background.
Posted by | December 29, 2019

The Signs of Adderall Abuse

Is Adderall the Next Opioid Crisis?

The addictive and destructive nature of Adderall is downplayed or dismissed because it is a popular prescription drug. With a high potential for addiction, the nonmedical use and abuse of...

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A soldier overseas in the desert, interacting warmly with two local toddlers. The photo is meant to represent the potential effects of moral injury.
Posted by | November 11, 2019

What is Moral Injury? Bringing the Conversation to the Forefront

Just as veterans suffered undiagnosed from PTSD before it was recognized as a psychiatric disorder, so now is a new potential diagnosis working its way more into the mainstream –...

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Two older veterans, one with a prosthetic leg, sit in the shade at a picnic bench, looking at the camera.
Posted by | November 4, 2019

Veterans Day Press Release: A Call to Action for Community Support

San Diego, CA – This Veterans Day, you can be a Hero for the men and women who risked their lives to defend our freedom. Volunteers of America Southwest wants...

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Closeup of a bright red, beat up stop sign with the sky and palm trees in the back, meant to represent the movement to stop mental illness stigma.
Posted by | October 10, 2019

National Mental Illness Awareness Week: How Can We End Mental Illness Stigma?

  This year, the main focus of National Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 06 - 12) is to end mental illness stigma. The stigma around mental illness can be described...

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Closeup of three, intertwined hands, meant to represent the bond of a suicide support group
Posted by | September 10, 2019

How Addiction-Related Suicide Support Groups Can Help You Heal

  Millions of people lose loved ones to addiction-related suicide every single year. Feelings of depression, hopelessness, and despair can overwhelm a person so intensely that they don’t see a...

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woman in blue shirt holds white pill in right hand and glass of water in left hand
Posted by | July 19, 2019

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic with Addiction Services in San Diego

  It’s nearly impossible to find a life in the United States that the opioid epidemic hasn’t touched in some fashion. Sisters and brothers, parents and grandparents, friends and loved...

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Picture of a smiling girl in the National City educational garden.
Posted by | May 15, 2019

Vacant Lot Transformed into National City Educational Garden

Our very own team member, Dawn Redo, volunteered to help to transform a vacant lot into a new National City educational garden where school children can visit. Volunteers of America...

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