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Patrick J Kennedy and Andy Thomas

“We Can Free Ourselves from Our Own Stories”: A Chat with Patrick J. Kennedy

To honor Mental Health Awareness Month, axialHealthcare’s Andy Thomas sat down with mental health and addiction treatment advocate, former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy for an important and personal conversation on new ways to approach recovery and support those struggling with substance use disorder. Both in long-term recovery themselves, Patrick and Andy discuss how their …

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Hear the Best from the Quest

Catch up on what you missed from our digital roundtable on finding, providing, measuring, and expanding quality addiction treatment. Experts from Shatterproof, Highmark Inc., Pathway Healthcare, and axialHealthcare discuss it all- from implementing evidence-based care across the industry and leveraging telehealth during a pandemic to overcoming a lack of unified standards to measure outcomes. Watch …

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I Shared My Eleven Year Sobriety Anniversary on LinkedIn and Couldn’t Believe What Happened Next

By Andy Thomas, Vice President National Provider Relations at axialHealthcare  One evening in early January, my wife and I took a drive to see our soon-to-be new home. Arriving at the neighborhood, we talked about our future and what was to come. It was a cold, dark Minnesota winter night, but it was a happy one filled with excitement and joy.    It hasn’t always been …

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2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides a clear picture of substance use and behavioral health issues within the United States. Since the program began in 1971, the use of drugs and alcohol and the incidence of behavioral health issues has …

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Tom Davis

Tom’s Story of Recovery: “There is hope and you can get better.”

Tom grew up in a blue-collar, working class family and can trace alcoholism back to his great-great-grandfather. When he was 14 years old, he discovered alcohol at a family party and immediately liked the way it made him feel, “I no longer felt alone. It gave me confidence, I felt like I was the life …

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Jake Nichols_National Recovery Month

Jake’s Story of Recovery: “It is absolutely worth it.”

Jake grew up in a large and loving family, always did well academically, and had a great group of friends. He started experimenting with drugs and alcohol at a young age and vividly remembers thinking that he finally felt normal for once in his life. Things progressed through high school and got significantly worse during …

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Sara Flathers, National Recovery Month Video

Sara’s Story of Recovery: “I didn’t know my life would get a lot more rich.”

Sara discovered alcohol at a young age and immediately liked how it made her feel, “it helped me feel confident when I didn’t feel confident, and it helped me fit in when I didn’t fit in.” Sara’s disease progressed through her twenties when she started exploring other substances, but when the consequences of her addiction …

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Andy Thomas

Andy’s Story of Recovery: “It’s a process of allowing yourself to be open to help.”

From a young age, Andy always felt like he was a little bit different than his friends. It seemed like everybody else had gotten a manual on how to live life that he didn’t receive. This feeling combined with a significant childhood trauma led him to seek relief from his pain, and he found it …

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National Recovery Month 2020

Recovery Gives You The Ability To Be Who You Truly Are

If you’re struggling with substance use, you are not alone. Millions are affected by substance use disorder (SUD), and the global pandemic has brought on new and daunting challenges for the recovery community. However, it’s important to remember that among those affected by SUD are many who have restored their health and are living each …

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