You probably know where I’m going with this. Especially if like me you grew up in the height of the era of D.A.R.E programs. In my schools they also lumped in drinking with all that anti drug propaganda. But I’m going to surprise you. 

From our point of view we shouldn’t use April to demonize people who drink occasionally, or even habitually. Alcohol is just another drug like aspirin or even heroin. And quantity and consistency is what make it a habit and therefore an addiction. Everyone we know is addicted to something be it food, shopping, drugs, and yes alcohol. The human condition is to be addicted to things, the hope is to encourage others channel those addictions in to healthier ones. As with all mental health issues addiction to anything should not be stigmatized, it doesn’t mean anyone is weak or incapable. It just means your human, and that’s exactly as it should be.

So here’s the skinny on alcohol and why you should be looking into healthier recreational and emotional alternatives.

Habitual Alcohol Abuse Causes:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Anemia
  • Cirrhosis
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Gout
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nerve Damage
  • Pancreatitis

Source and Learn More at WebMD

If you enjoy these topics here’s a podcast that’s about to get on its feet. The Shattered Podcast’s aim is to help families and those who are struggling with addiction. The host and guests are going to provide you with real experiences and stories of those who’ve been there and done that, and survived. 

Goodies to Help Detox:

Blood Purify Tea-Blood Purifying tea is an all natural blood detoxifying tea formulated to promote cleansing the blood and supporting a better immune system.

Organic Ingredients: Dandelion Root, Burdock Root, Echinacea, Goldenseal and Sarsaparilla.

Free Radical Fighter Tea- Proponents of Essiac claim that it strengthens the immune system, helps fight free radicals, improves appetite, relieves pain, and improves overall quality of life.

Organic Ingredients: Essiac Blend

Lymph Node Detox Tea- Support a healthy lymphatic system by flushing out toxins and promote a strong, healthy immune system.

Organic Ingredients: Cleavers, Echinacea and Calendula

Healthy Eats: Bacon Sweet Potato Chili


  • 2 cups peeled and diced sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp cooking fat or oil
  • 4-6 slices uncured bacon cooked and drained
  • 1 lb ground chorizo sausage I bought mine at Whole Foods
  • 1/2 medium onion diced (or one small)
  • 14.5 oz can Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1/2 of a 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 ½ tsp Renovation Tea: Mexican Seasonings
  • Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)


  1. Cook the bacon, pat dry, crumble and set aside.
  2. Using a large skillet use cooking fat from the bacon or cooking oil over medium heat.
  3. To the large hot skillet add diced sweet potatoes, stirring and seasoning with salt (to taste). Cover and let cook for about 3 minutes, flip once and allow to cook for another 3 minutes. Adjust the heat to avoid burning.
  4. Once sweet potatoes are soft, add the diced onions and cook until fragrant and translucent.
  5. Add the chorizo to the pan, breaking up lumps and stirring into the mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until nicely browned.
  6. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and all the spices and stir to combine flavors.
  7. Continue to cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Once ready to serve top with crumbled bacon and ENJOY!

**Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Renovation Tea does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Renovation Tea are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.