Second Chance Day on the Hill

Vinland National Center became part of the solution yesterday at the Minnesotan Capitol, supporting the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition along with many of our peers and colleagues. So many of our clients and alumni are not given a real Second Chance due to a past felony conviction often not enabling them to drive, get a […]

The Importance of Sleep after Brain Injury

David A. Grant, TBI Survivor January 7, 2019 It’s time to put a label on one of my biggest fears as a brain injury survivor: Backsliding. In the eight years since my traumatic brain injury, my recovery has continued unabated. It has not been a true linear recovery as there have been both ups and […]

Brain Injury Treatment and Substance Abuse

This is an oldie, but a goodie, from our friends over at Addiction.com Brain Injury Treatment And Substance Abuse by Addiction.com Staff on May 20, 2011 in Addiction Research, Risk Factors 0   The ripple effects of accidents can spread further than most people realize. Traumatic brain injury (TBI), for example, frequently coincides with substance abuse. Sometimes we focus on the obvious […]

Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays

Our friends at The Retreat had these tips to share, and we liked them enough to borrow!   Here are twelve-time proven practices, techniques and tactics to celebrate the holiday season sanely, safely and in sobriety. Line up a few extra recovery meetings. Even if you don’t feel you need them, the person sitting across […]

Living with an Invisible Disability

After an accident, a head injury is easy to spot due to visible wounds. A shaved head with a row of stitches are the very noticeable signs of a head injury. But after the wounds heal and hair covers the scars, sometimes there are no visible signs of a brain injury. This is why a […]

The Role of Trauma in Addiction

Meet Emily, a 30-year old woman struggling with addiction. As a young girl, Emily often witnessed her parents arguing. The arguments involved a lot of shouting and pushing. If her parents had been drinking, then the arguments were especially violent: Emily witnessed her father beat her mother on multiple occasions. Emily was afraid of her […]