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Thankful that lives are changing for the better

Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what we have and the people we have in our lives. What we have and treasure at Strive are lives that are changing for the better. We are thankful for our amazing staff. They change lives every day and are helping bridge the gaps in our communities. We are thankful for our awesome clients,… Read More

Thera-me: The Service Equation

I’ve a lot to be grateful for….. but am I doing enough in return? For our clients, for my family, for the people around me. Surely some have done much more than I. At a Veterans Cemetery recently with John, who is himself a Vet, we noticed this, over an entrance gate: “All gave Some, Some gave All.” Everyone’s act… Read More

Thera-me: Second Thoughts About UDS (yes, that’s urine screening)

Sure, the subject is a little awkward for most people, but clinically, in substance use treatment, Urine Drug Screening—UDS--is an everyday thing. “Which lab do you use?”  “Did the samples go out today?  “Does this sample need a confirmation?”  Welcome to my world. When it comes up in my work with clients, as in “I peed dirty for my PO,”… Read More

Recognized Expert, Author and Trailblazer in the Field of Psychiatry Joins PAR/Strive

We are excited to announce that Dr. Robert L. Pyles, MD, has joined PAR as our Chief Medical Officer. An established leader in the addiction and mental health fields, Dr. Pyles has served as President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and the Coalition for Patient Rights, among others. Dr. Pyles has received numerous awards, including a… Read More

Introducing Strive: Recovery for the Real World

A month at a great residential facility can be a life-changing experience, and may be a must-do for clients needing a highly-acute treatment setting. But back in the real world it’s a roller coaster, and as we know from experience, staying sober takes skills, support, people that understand you as an individual, and skills that you must and can learn… Read More