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 […]

5 Things Every Stroke Hero Should Know

In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. We won’t stand idly by as this menacing disease claims the lives of our loved ones and independence. Join the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Stroke Heroes around the nation in the effort to put an end to stroke. May is Stroke Awareness […]

May is Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, is a type of brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen to a part of the brain resulting in tissue death. Strokes can be caused by a ruptured blood vessel (hemorrhagic) or by a clot that blocks blood flow (ischemic). According to the American Stroke Association, in […]

Importance of Recreation in Recovery

Boredom. It is one of the biggest challenges people face in early recovery. If someone leaves the structure of treatment and returns home to spend all day alone and watching TV, they may be tempted to contact old drinking or using buddies to find some fun and get rid of the boredom. For this reason, it is […]

Your Brain in Love

Valentine’s Day is considered the day to celebrate love. But what is love and how does love change when you have traumatic brain injury or TBI? According to, there are many different ways the brain can change after a TBI. One of the areas includes behavior and, in turn, how we deal with relationships. […]

Keeping Your New Year Resolutions

We all look forward to a New Year. It often signals a new start. Many make resolutions to make changes in their lives, but how often do those disappear by week two or three of the New Year?  And what are some ways to keep resolutions? (Though this says 2012, much of the advice is timeless.) […]

Infographic: Holiday Giving

The holidays are about giving, but how much giving? Let’s take a look: There are many ways to give back during the holidays. Please consider a gift to Vinland National Center this holiday season. We are truly grateful for the generous support we receive every year from so many! Your donations always matter to us. Find […]

Handling the Holidays

Having trouble disconnecting during the holidays? Technology can be a blessing and a curse. It has become such a embedded part of our culture. Here are some tips on tackling the holidays hands free. (Infographic resource: Visualistan)

Celebrate National Recovery Month in September

Support. It’s a key ingredient in the recovery process. Without it, recovery can be a lonely, uphill battle. September is National Recovery Month and this year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!” The theme looks at the “value of peer support through education, mentoring and helping each other.” This year’s theme invites “individuals […]