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THE COMPANY WE KEEP Three sober individuals with various lengths of recovery time talk about the dynamics of their friendships MORE HONEST “I have my sober crew that I hang out with. I have my friends Ramon, Charlie and Leo who are sober, and then there’s my very best friend, she’s a normie. We’re good.…

The Care Center

Dignity Health—St. Mary Medical Center continues to expand service offerings to the local communities. While the early days of 2021 have reflected the continued challenges that the year prior brought with it, there is a sense of hope growing that the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic are behind us. Just before the start of…

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BEING OF SERVICE We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of sobriety time what being of service means to them and how helping others helps them in their program of recovery. BY PAULO MURILLO CONSTANT REMINDER “I get to see myself when I’m of service. It’s a constant reminder. The last Saturday…

CREATING FAMILIES

Beverly Hills Egg Donation’s Robyn Perchik on embarking on a journey with an egg donor BY VICTOR MELAMED Robyn Perchik is the managing partner of Beverly Hills Egg Donation (BHED), a popular egg donor agency based in Southern California. Though the agency’s roots are in Southern California, BHED works with clinics nationwide and with intended…

Live LIMITLESS

Trainers and best friends Jason Wimberly and Thomas Fairman joined forces to create a new type of movement based on the elements of Air, Earth, Fire, Water and the primal element of MAN. Their first mens-only course aspires to give men a place to connect to their true masculine self, while also allowing us to…

Three Dads And A Baby

A tale of patience, love, and persistence that broke new legal ground and changed the way California law defines family. BY VICTOR MELAMED Meet Ian Jenkins—he’s a doctor, living in San Diego, a specialist in hospital medicine and a professor at a major university. He’s been with his partner, Alan, for seventeen years. And they’ve…

Private Recovery

An interview with Dr. Alexander Mason on a virtual confidential telemedicine addiction recovery program geared towards executives. BY MARK ARIEL Specialist TeleMed’s TORVAE is a completely virtual opioid addiction recovery program geared for the working professional. The program allow patients to recover from the privacy of their own homes or offices and on their schedules.…

New, Again

How can we create new hope when our world is in chaos? BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT As we enter a New Year in the midst of a worsening pandemic, how do we hold space for hope and possibilities? Our lives have been upended in 2020 and we’re still in the midst of increasing infections, deaths and…

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STAYING GRATEFUL We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of recovery time how they stayed thankful through a year that gave us a pandemic, a quarantine, high unemployment rate and a nail-biting election MY FAMILY “I’m grateful I kept my sanity and peace of mind during the pandemic. I have to say…

Real Men, REAL Depression

Many men do not recognize, acknowledge, or seek help for their depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Successful treatments are available.  BY VICTOR MELAMED An estimated six million men in the United States have a depressive disorder-major depression, dysthymia (chronic, less severe depression), or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Although these illnesses are…

World AIDS Day

The international theme of this year’s #WorldAIDSDay is “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility” BY ORLY LYONNE World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 United Nations World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention and is held each year on December 1.  Every year, United Nations agencies, governments, nonprofit organizations, and civil society join…

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STAYING SOBER We asked three individuals with different lengths of recovery time, how they stayed clean and sober throughout the year amid the insanity of the coronavirus pandemic, the lockdown and stress over the 2020 elections REINVENT MYSELF “I remained willing to have my sobriety be my number one priority. Being part of the No…

Everything You Wanted To Know About CBD (But Were Afraid To Ask)

    The term ‘CBD’ stands for Cannabidiol, which is extracted from the cannabis plants. Previously it was believed that everything related to cannabis is harmful to us. But, due to recent scientific researches and studies, people’s view on this is changing rapidly. Even most of the states of the USA have lifted the previously imposed ban…

Finding HOME

LGBTQ youth make up roughly 40% of California’s homeless youth. How Covenant House helped one man to “live in victory.”  BY VICTOR MELAMED November is Youth Homelessness Awareness Month, a month that follows LGBTQ history month. This connection is an intentional one as LGBTQ youth make up roughly 40% of California’s homeless youth. Most of…

A Better Tomorrow

The CARE Center at Dignity Health—St. Mary Medical Center: Remembering 40 Million People—Let’s End AIDS World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December each year. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day, and serves as an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV, to continue…

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FRESH OUT OF REHAB We asked these clean and sober individuals in early recovery what it’s like—after completing a rehabilitation program at the Van Ness Recovery House—moving into a sober living space.  Life With Tools “Getting out of rehab is fabulous. I now have a life with tools. Being in the house was very uncomfortable…

Our Voice

Getting the vote out. My 12 Step Store’s owner and founder, RJ Holguin on the importance of civic duty BY PAULO MURILLO My 12 Step Store, the recovery gift and bookstore that specializes in 12-step literature, meeting Pride chips and medallions, racy clothing, 12-step jewelry including the Surrender collection, along with prayer bookmarks, and other self-improvement gift…

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Sobriety Checkpoint We asked a few folks with various lengths of recovery time how they are handling not being to attend in-person meetings as COVID restrictions continue BY PAULO MURILLO More Present “There is not a better time for me to get sober than now during COVID. I’m taking advantage of the situation to focus…