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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Monday Meditation: International Women’s Day

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney On International Women’s Day, the story of Ruth and Naomi seems fitting to contemplate. If you are unfamiliar with their story, the book of Ruth in the Old Testament is a compelling and quick read. Naomi, her husband, and their two sons left their home in Bethlehem because of […]

Monday Meditation: The Beatitudes

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney When Jesus sat down on a mountainside overlooking the Sea of Galilee to deliver what would come to be known as “The Sermon on the Mount,” I imagine that the women and men and children who gathered around him leaned forward, straining to hear his provocative words. The opening […]

When I Grow Up

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney    During the pandemic, my extended family has gathered weekly via Zoom to stay in touch. With participants ranging in age from 7 months to 81 years, these experiences have been memorable and life-giving for us. One feature of these virtual gatherings is a trivia game, and if a […]

Monday Meditation: The Second Sunday of Advent

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney As I child, I remember learning the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God as our Father, brothers all are we. Let […]

Not Just Another Statistic

– Written by Jane Saffles-Granville, LMSW, Treatment Therapist As a therapist in alcohol and drug treatment, one of the first things I ask my clients in our initial therapy sessions is a simple question: “Why did you come to treatment?” It has a handful of common answers. “For my children,” “I want to learn how […]

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