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Andy’s Story–Recovery IS Possible!

Andy’s Story–Recovery IS Possible!

Announcing Ark Valley Recovery   Our mission is to walk side by side with those who are navigating their own unique recovery journey from addition to alcohol and/or other drugs.  Our trained recovery coaches have lived experience in addiction and have a passion for helping others find their own pathways to achieve and sustain their recovery.  Their strong message of hope…

Opening Up Our Community: The Great Divide (Lori Weckbaugh)

Opening Up Our Community: The Great Divide (Lori Weckbaugh)

Opening Up Our Community: The Great Divide (By Lori Weckbaugh) As individuals we consciously and intentionally have created safety in the COVID-19 environment that  has surrounded us. We have listened and acted in the way that suits our safety plan. What now? Pay attention to the thresholds you are crossing in the coming days, because as you unconsciously do so,…

What I Have Learned from Those Who Live on the Streets (by Mike Orrill)

What I Have Learned from Those Who Live on the Streets (by Mike Orrill)

What I Have Learned from Those Who Live on the Streets (by Mike Orrill) Before I retired, I served as a Presbyterian minister for 35 years and during that time formed many relationships with those who were homeless. They taught me so much.  One of my greatest teachers–and friend–was a man name Joe, and what he taught me continues to…

Attending to Your Well-Being is Community Service (by Priti Chandra Klco)

Attending to Your Well-Being is Community Service (by Priti Chandra Klco)

Attending to Your Well-Being is Community Service (by Priti Chandra Klco) In my last post [link] I offered a definition of health that describes the balanced function of body, mind, and senses, and includes a pleasant feeling of well-being. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge just how powerful a state of well-being is. When you are in a great mood,…

Sticking with healthy habits at home (by Rebecca Rice and Bev Orrill)

Sticking with healthy habits at home (by Rebecca Rice and Bev Orrill)

Sticking with healthy habits at home (by Rebecca Rice and Bev Orrill, Chaffee County Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coaches) During these unprecedented times of social distancing and protecting yourself and others by staying home, it’s important to set and stick with healthy routines. Consider these tips: Plan physical activity breaks • At a minimum, set a timer or reminder to…

Are Your Medications Causing Nutrient Depletions? (by Lucas Smith, Buena Vista Drug)

Are Your Medications Causing Nutrient Depletions? (by Lucas Smith, Buena Vista Drug)

Are Your Medications Causing Nutrient Depletions? (by Lucas Smith, Buena Vista Drug) Medications can be very useful to help cure, control, and manage symptoms of diseases that affect a variety of people. The process of developing and using medications has changed over time. Many years ago, medications were often substances derived from plants and other items in our environment. These…

How to Communicate in the COVID-19 Health Crisis (by Lori Weck)

How to Communicate in the COVID-19 Health Crisis (by Lori Weck)

How to Communicate in the COVID-19 Health Crisis (by Lori Weck) Fear, panic, and fortunetelling dread are common when we feel unsafe, physically and emotionally, and the frequent news alerts likely have you feeling unsafe. How do you change unconscious reactive responses when you or your family perceive themselves to be in danger? Try using a skill all pilots use…

Staying Tick Safe in the Outdoors! (by Monica White)

Staying Tick Safe in the Outdoors! (by Monica White)

Staying Tick Safe in the Outdoors! (by Monica White) Have you been hearing about Lyme disease in the news or during conversations with neighbors? Perhaps you, or someone you know, has had an experience with Lyme or one of the many other tick-borne diseases that exist in the US? Whether it’s a brief encounter, or an enduring battle lasting many…

Getting Clear on What Health Actually Is Can Help You Clarify Next Steps (by Priti Chanda Klco)

Getting Clear on What Health Actually Is Can Help You Clarify Next Steps (by Priti Chanda Klco)

Getting Clear on What Health Actually Is Can Help You Clarify Next Steps (by Prita Chanda Klco) I went to the doctor recently for a routine check-up. I was asked to give a “medical reason” (a disease or a problem) for making the appointment. In a system where disease is more billable than health, it’s easy to spend most of…

Breastfeeding Back to Work (by Lorraine Redmond)

Breastfeeding Back to Work (by Lorraine Redmond)

Breastfeeding Back to Work Employees who become new parents want to do the best for their baby and their job. Now they don’t have to choose between the two. Colorado is the 16th state to pass legislation regarding breastfeeding support in the workplace. The Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act went into effect August 2008. Colorado employers are required to…

How to Have Excellent Family Meetings (by Lori Weckbaugh)

How to Have Excellent Family Meetings (by Lori Weckbaugh)

How to have excellent family meetings! (by Lori Weckbaugh) You know that something needs to change, because they are ignoring your message or fighting with you or their siblings. Children become willing to respond to messages for change when they are hearing good news We all want to hear what’s right with us rather than what’s wrong Affirmations build self-esteem…

A Peer’s Perspective: The Ritual of Should (by Jill Davis)

A Peer’s Perspective: The Ritual of Should (by Jill Davis)

A Peer’s Perspective: The Ritual of Should (by Jill Davis) “When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself” –Plato I have been looking forward to the long-awaited film adaptation of Stephen King’s book about Derry, Maine and the sinister entity that has lurked forever in the town. Over the years, so the story goes, there is a ritual…

Wonder Why It All Blows-Up? (by Lori Weckbaugh)

Wonder Why It All Blows-Up? (by Lori Weckbaugh)

Wonder Why It All Blows-Up? (by Lori Weckbaugh) Has this happened to you; you’re out for a leaf-viewing drive, everything seemed fine when you left home, yet a few miles down the road your harmless question (where would you like to have lunch?) silence, a grumpy sound in a sarcastic tone— “How would I know where would YOU like to…

What breast cancer screenings do I need? (By Shelley Schreiner)

What breast cancer screenings do I need? (By Shelley Schreiner)

What breast cancer screenings do I need? October is Breast Health Awareness Month! It’s a great time to get serious about breast health and breast cancer screenings. But knowing what screenings you need when (not to mention paying for them) can feel overwhelming. We’re here to help. The first step in monitoring your breast health is to learn what’s normal…

A Good Night’s Sleep (by Ann Casey)

A Good Night’s Sleep (by Ann Casey)

A Good Night’s Sleep A good night’s sleep is vital for every human being to thrive.  A night of quality sleep allows us to wake feeling refreshed and energized.   When we have a hard time falling asleep or don’t sleep at all, we feel moody, irritable and fatigued.  Without a proper bedtime ritual, the quality of your sleep can…

Creating Fun to Create Change (by Kim Philia)

Creating Fun to Create Change (by Kim Philia)

Creating Fun to Create Change Several years ago, I rescued a brown lab named Charlie, who had many bad behaviors; digging, chewing everything in the backyard, and intense aggression towards other dogs. These bad behaviors developed because he was left in his previous owner’s backyard by himself day and night. Hence, the reason for his undesirable behaviors was isolation and…

What? Infant Social and Emotional Development? (by Beth Russell)

What? Infant Social and Emotional Development? (by Beth Russell)

What? Infant Social and Emotional Development? Parents around the world want their children to grow up to be happy, secure individuals able to have healthy relationships throughout their lives. Only 80 years ago, most people believed that infancy was not very important in the development of a child. It was thought infants just needed to be fed and kept clean…

Is CBD Right for Me? (by Lucas Smith, PharmD)

Is CBD Right for Me? (by Lucas Smith, PharmD)

Is CBD right for me? As a pharmacist I have had many questions from my community about CBD, marijuana, and other hemp based products. In most of those circumstances I recommend full spectrum hemp oil. Chances are if you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, migraine headaches, loss of motor control, depression/anxiety, or insomnia,…

Feeding Young Kids without Losing Your Mind (by Emily Anderson)

Feeding Young Kids without Losing Your Mind (by Emily Anderson)

FEEDING YOUNG KIDS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND Feeding small children can be frustrating.  They seem to be constantly hungry, except not for the dinner you just spent 45 minutes preparing.  One day they love meat but the next they won’t touch it. And let’s not even talk about vegetables! Parents spend the first year of a child’s life very aware…

Better Than Jail (by Mike Orrill)

Better Than Jail (by Mike Orrill)

Better Than Jail Recently I had a gratifying experience….I went to Drug Court. No, I wasn’t in any trouble; I was invited by a friend in our county’s probation department. According to our friend Wikipedia, “drug courts are problem-solving courts in which the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities work together to…

23 1/2 Hours: The Single Best Thing We Can Do for Our Health (Dr. Mike Evans video posted by Mike Orrill)

23 1/2 Hours: The Single Best Thing We Can Do for Our Health (Dr. Mike Evans video posted by Mike Orrill)

In some ways, health is a very simple thing that is within reach of everyone.  Watch this 10-minute animated video about the one simple thing you can do……and it only takes a 1/2 hour/day.  Take some control of your health today and see what a difference this will make in your day to day life.

The Science of Pain and the Effects of Opioids on Pain (Dr. Aaron Carrol video posted by Mike Orrill)

The Science of Pain and the Effects of Opioids on Pain (Dr. Aaron Carrol video posted by Mike Orrill)

No one lives without some chronic pain, but for many this pain is debilitating and life-diminishing.   Narcotic pain medication (aka Opioids) is often the medication prescribed by doctors.  But how does it work, and why can it be so dangerous?  Watch this 8 minute video on pain and how opioids impact it by Healthcare Triage and Dr. Aaron Carrol.  

Opioid Addiction?  There’s Hope (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

Opioid Addiction? There’s Hope (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

For those struggling with addiction to (narcotic pain pills, heroin, fentanyl, etc.), there is hope.  There is a medication, approved by the FDA, that can help decrease cravings.  It’s called buprenorphine (Suboxone) and it is the gold standard in treating Opioid Use Disorder.  Some find it controversial saying that it’s just trading one addiction for another.  The difference, however, is…

Everything You Learned about Addiction Is Wrong, by Johann Hari (posted by Mike Orrill)

Everything You Learned about Addiction Is Wrong, by Johann Hari (posted by Mike Orrill)

I find the subject of addiction fascinating, and the more I study it the more it clear it becomes that its causes and solutions are very complex.  In this 6 minute video Johann Hari suggests that much of what we  have learned about addiction may not be the whole story.  He suggests that the root cause of addiction is a…

Trauma and the Brain: Understanding Abuse Survivors Responses (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

Trauma and the Brain: Understanding Abuse Survivors Responses (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

The science is becoming more and more clear…..trauma impacts our health in significant ways, increasing the risk of everything from weight to addiction, especially when those traumas are experienced during childhood.  Watch this 9-minute video that explains the science of what happens to the brain in response to traumatic experiences.

Why Do Our Brains Get Addicted Dr. Nora Volkow video posted by Mike Orrill)

Why Do Our Brains Get Addicted Dr. Nora Volkow video posted by Mike Orrill)

Not too many years ago, addiction was seen as a sin, or a moral failing, or a character flaw, and, therefore, the emphasis was on punishment.  Science is now showing us a much different picture of addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease, with the emphasis on treatment, just like we do for other chronic diseases.  Watch this 6 1/2…