The opiod epidemic is taking down man and beast. Tragically, in 2015, 36 police dogs died from contact with heroin. Today, they’re exposed to Fentanyl, which is 50-100 times stronger than morphine, and carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer that can be 10,000 times more powerful. Ingesting a poppy seed-sized amount could be deadly. What can you do to protect our furry friends?

By Jeanie Gschweng, General Manager, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

What does it take to be successful in the Clean & Sober Transitional Living environment? First of all, it’s essential to have a sense of humility and even “brokenness.” From the moment people walk in our front door, I have a good sense of their humility. That’s a critical thing because the successful resident will be coming from a place of “I’ve tried everything else, and I’ve exhausted every other resource.” They have to be in a place where they recognize their way isn’t working, so they’ll be willing to do whatever it takes.

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don troutman 3If you happen to follow me on Facebook, you might have seen my recent post about some exciting developments at Clean & Sober Transitional Living. During my 29 years in the sober living business, we’ve evolved to be the best intentional living community in existence. I’m always shooting for the stars in terms of operating with integrity and providing high-caliber recovery housing, and I’m committed to making CSTL the most effective sober living community in the country.

As part of that vision, for the last 20-plus years I’ve wanted to offer a “back to work” program for our residents. I am happy to say that we are working on that goal now! And our plans go far beyond my original expectations.

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