The Black Community and Addiction – Celebrating Black History Month

Since Black History Month was first observed in 1970, it has honored the contributions and sacrifices the Black community has made to help shape our nation. It serves as an opportunity to celebrate the rich cultural heritage, adversities, and triumphs that are an undeniable part of our country’s history. During this month, The Next Door […]

2021 in Reflection: Featuring Tambi Swiney

  Tambi Swiney serves at The Next Door as the Spiritual Wellness Coordinator. She has been a part of the TND since the very beginning – she is one of the original Wild Praying Women who founded TND! Tambi’s patience, wisdom, and hope for this organization have been such a bright spot at TND this […]

National Recovery Month 2021 – Recovery is for Everyone

In 2020, there were 619 suspected fatal drug overdoses that occurred in Nashville  – an increase of 32% over 2019. Yet, during the first two quarters of 2021 fatal drug overdoses are up 11% compared to the same time period in 2020.  During this time of an epidemic that is surging in our nation and […]

Pregnancy and Addiction

The most vulnerable women The Next Door serves are our pregnant clients. These women walk through our doors in active addiction and are in dire need of  treatment services for both them and their unborn children.  If women don’t get help, there can be serious negative health outcomes for pregnant women and their developing babies, […]

Is Your Teen At-Risk for Addiction?

The statistics about the use of drugs and alcohol by our nation’s teens are alarming. The Centers for Disease Control reports that by 12th grade about two-thirds of students have tried alcohol, about half of high schoolers have used marijuana, and 20% of 12th graders have used prescription medicine without a prescription. The National Center […]

When Addiction and Mental Health Disorders Coexist

Often, when women walk through the doors of The Next Door, they are not only dealing with addiction.  Many have what therapists term a “co-occurring disorder,” otherwise known as a dual diagnosis. Having a co-occurring disorder means a woman is struggling with a mental health disorder along with a substance use disorder. Some of the […]

Addiction and Faith

As The Next Door delivers its addiction treatment services, it does so with faith being at the heart. “Everything we do, from staff meetings to client care, upholds a Christ-centered focus,” says Ray Brocato, the CEO of The Next Door.  “Our goal is to meet the women’s spiritual needs as well as their physical and […]

Do You Believe in Miracles?

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” During the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, broadcaster Al Michaels uttered these memorable words as the final seconds ticked off the clock during the medal round of the men’s ice hockey tournament. This game between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. would determine […]

Monday Meditation: Healing

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney As a child, I was fascinated by the story of the four men who carried their paralyzed friend on a mat to Jesus because they believed that Jesus could heal him. Since a large crowd had gathered to hear Jesus that day, when the friends arrived at the house […]

Alcohol Awareness Month: Withdrawal

– Written by Vanderbilt School of Nursing Students The Positive Effects of Quitting Alcohol   Stopping and reducing your alcohol use has many positive effects on your body. This includes lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing your risk for heart failure and cancer. Quitting alcohol significantly increases life expectancy. Once you stop using alcohol, your […]

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