For Parents Learning to Deal with a Child's Addiction
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For Parents Learning to Deal with a Child’s Addiction

One of the biggest fears that have become a reality for parents across the country is handling a child fighting an addiction. With the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic having a tremendous impact on our youth’s mental health nationwide, one of the results is our adolescents and young adults coping through substances. Read More

Redefining Your Sexuality in Recovery: The Dos and Don'ts
Health & Wellness Living in Recovery Mental Health Relationships

Redefining Your Sexuality in Recovery: The Dos and Don’ts

In many ways, physical intimacy is much safer than emotional connection. The act of sex itself, after all, is fairly mechanical. But emotional intimacy creates a safe, supportive foundation for physical connection. Emotional intimacy requires a sense of vulnerability and letting go of control. You are essentially revealing your flaws and trusting that another person won’t reject you.  Read More

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Mental Health Relationships

Break Free NYFW Collaborates with Fashion Fights Cancer to Raise Awareness on Cancer Research

Break Free NYFW is thrilled to announce that we are partnering up with Fashion Fights Cancer to give away two VIP tickets at our Designer Showcase featuring Project Runway’s Helen Castillo, Renee Cafaro, and Ashley Alt, with guest speaker and breast cancer survivor, Bershan Shaw of the Real Housewives of New York, as well as breast cancer survivor and model, Christine Handy who will be rocking the runway. Read More

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Featured Mental Health

Break Free NYFW Gives Hope During National Recovery Month

Back in February, Break Free took New York Fashion Week by storm. Bringing together designers like Jacqueline City Apparel, Zephyr, Love Disorder, Adorn Your Clothes, and LadyCat. These designers came together to raise awareness for the nonprofit organization, 10,000 Beds. The primary goal of Break Free was to raise funds for 10,000 Beds and their “One Bed. One Life” Scholarship Fund. This fund connects individuals and families who are battling substance use disorders and mental health challenges who lack the funds to pay for treatment to appropriate and vetted treatment programs nationwide.  Read More

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Mental Health

Is Toxic Shame Sabotaging Your Recovery?

Recovery is full of intense emotions- sadness, excitement, fear, and relief. These emotions ebb and flow and they reveal telling insights about your experiences and needs. But shame is another powerful emotion associated with recovery. And if it’s unchecked, it can become an insidious undercurrent affecting everything you do. Read More

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Living in Recovery Mental Health

Understanding Dual Diagnosis | NAMI

As intuitive as the term “dual diagnosis” may seem, it actually doesn’t mean having two mental health conditions. Dual diagnosis (also referred to as a co-occurring disorder) is a term used when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Therefore, “dual diagnosis” itself is not a diagnosis, but rather a specific combination of diagnoses. Read More

Three Poems for August
Mental Health Poetry

Three Poems for August

Life has been busy, but I’ve decided to share three short poems for the month of August. They’re short and simple, I want to try and express my day-to-day life and show ordinary events in down-to-earth and accessible ways. I’m not sure if this style is what most people would define as poetry or poetic, but it’s how I’m expressing myself for now. Please offer feedback if you have any. Read More