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…

The Share

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…

The Share

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…

CARE During COVID-19

Dignity Health—St. Mary Medical Center expands services to meet the needs of the community 2020 is certain to be a year no one will ever forget. The COVID-19 Pandemic has been challenging, but one thing that has become evident through this challenge is that St. Mary Medical Center is a strong pillar in the Long Beach…

The Share

STAYING GRATEFUL We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of recovery time how they remain grateful during the COVID-19 pandemic. BY PAULO MURILLO A STEP BACK “Although being grateful can be difficult during these times, I am grateful for a lot of things. I was diagnosed with HIV back in 2018 as…

Radiant Health Centers

An interview with Philip Yaeger, the Executive Director & CEO of the largest provider of LGBTQ+ healthcare in Orange County. BY MARK ARIEL Radiant Health Centers (RHC) in Orange County offers a full range of social services to clients who require assistance with the most basic of needs such as food, housing and transportation. They…

The Share

Sober No Matter What We checked in with these three clean and sober individuals with different lengths of recovery time to see how they continue to maintain their sobriety as the pandemic continues to shut down in-person recovery meetings and fellowship. BY PAULO MURILLO A MIRACLE Some people might think that it’s made things more…

The Share

THE NEW NORMAL  We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of sobriety time, what their new normal is like in recovery during the coronavirus pandemic. Stay Connected “I’ve been trying to get sober for 15 years. I recently got one year. It’s the longest I’ve been sober. When the pandemic hit, I…

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT

Partner abuse is never okay. In a press release last month The City of West Hollywood reached out to those who may be experiencing domestic violence during the current Safer at Home orders. If you can do so safely, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 for 24/7…

Protecting Your PETS

Dr. Adam Strom from LA’s Metropolitan Animal Hospital (MASH) answers questions about your pets during COVID-19. Can my pet contract and spread COVID-19? Based on the most recent information, it appears domestic and wild animals may be susceptible to catching the coronavirus. Most cases in dogs and cats have presented with very mild signs of…

Mental Health Survival Guide

An abridged version of  THE FIGHT contributor James Guay’s online feature on dealing with the pandemic. For the full version visit: www.livingmorefully.com BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT COVID-19 has transformed our world. Not only has it led to spiked infections, it’s also instilled mass hysteria, global grief, worldwide trauma and a huge stop to our everyday…

Estate Planning

Life Ladder Law’s Kathryn Taps, Esq. on why estate planning is crucial to safeguarding your family’s future. BY KATHRYN TAPS, ESQ. When making New Year’s resolutions, we often commit to things we know we really should do—but never actually get around to. As a wife and a mom, I completely understand how estate planning could be a…