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Turning Point Center of Chittenden County's Blog


Breaking Up with Alcohol

December 13, 2022

By the time I quit drinking, I was pretty much married to alcohol. A professional woman in my early 50’s with a master’s degree and a decent job, I was slowly, steadily losing my grip. I don’t remember how I went from occasional drinking to obsession with drinking, but I do remember night after night […]

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5 Tips for Staying Sober through the Holidays

December 5, 2022

Getting through the holidays can be difficult for anyone new to sobriety.  Here are five tips on how to get through the holidays without using.    1.  Avoid triggers:  Turn off the news, including electronic devices, and do your best to stay out of any family drama for five extra minutes per day. Just reminding yourself that these can […]

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Mishka’s Story

November 16, 2022

Mishka is a peer Recovery Coach who works in the Emergency Department at the UVM Medical Center. Her work there involves connecting with patients who are experiencing substance use emergencies. She offers them compassionate, peer-to-peer support and follow-up services. In this video, Mishka tells the story of a woman who would not talk with the […]

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On being a donor

November 4, 2022

By Craig Weatherly, TPCCC Board Member We all respond to pain and pleasure. We choose to do things that bring us pleasure. As human beings, we like to feel good, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Consider the times you donate money to causes and organizations that are important to you. You don’t resent doing […]

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What is Peer Recovery?

October 11, 2022

Recovery isn’t a linear process. Like many things in life, it’s far more complicated than simply getting from point A to point B. Regardless of our intentions, there will be bad days. Days when the struggle to stay clean, stay sober, feel so unattainable you ask yourself: “Why even try?”  The weight of these feelings […]

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Support the Turning Point Center? Here’s why I do. 

September 14, 2022

I support the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County: with my time, as a board member, and with my money, as a regular donor. My reasons may align with your reasons– or not. But I’ll bet the decision to donate – and how much – is something you take seriously. After all, we want our […]

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