Collegiate Recovery Programs: Keeping the Door to Opportunity Open
January 16, 2017

Collegiate Recovery Programs: Keeping the Door to Opportunity Open There are two ways to think about college, both equally prevalent in our cultural knowledge of the subject. The first is about doors opening: doors to opportunity for economic advancement and financial security, and doors to a deeper understanding of one’s own true self. The second…

Overcoming Addiction Led Me to Heaven
January 9, 2017

Overcoming Addiction Led Me to Heaven Carrie Fisher once said “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell” and I agree wholeheartedly. Getting to sobriety has been one of the most difficult paths I have ever taken, and staying sober has been difficult as well, but incredibly rewarding. My name is…

Recovery Work Starts With Finding The Self
January 2, 2017

Recovery Work Starts With Finding The Self We know that an addiction is used by an individual to avoid something that is unwanted.  The unwanted is related to interpretations and perceptions each client experiences.  These include feelings as well as consequences resulting from choices made, relationships formed, and losses incurred.  The focus in recovery work…

Owning Up to Your Family and Friends about Your Addiction Problem
December 26, 2016

Owning Up to Your Family and Friends about Your Addiction Problem Addiction is a disease just like cancer and diabetes, but unfortunately, it is never easy to open up to your loved ones about your addiction problems. Psychologically, you will be pouring out your imperfections to people who are only supposed to see the best…

I’ll Be Sober for The Holidays…
December 19, 2016

I’ll Be Sober for The Holidays… Sung to the tune of “I’ll be Home for Christmas” with the same level of nostalgia and hopefulness… This will be my fourth sober holiday season. I am grateful and clear eyed and, well, nostalgic. Remembering some of the drinking traditions I used to have when I was a…

No Time for Happiness? 7 Principles for Embracing Your Limits
December 12, 2016

No Time for Happiness? 7 Principles for Embracing Your Limits Fewer people are “driven to drink” by tragedy than by the everyday stress of “keeping up.” It doesn’t matter whether your daily schedule revolves around entering data into a computer, taking care of children, or volunteering with Habitat for Humanity: just when you think you’ve…

Do you use drugs and alcohol to manage your emotions?
December 5, 2016

Do you use drugs and alcohol to manage your emotions? I really dislike the word addict to describe someone. I believe that people are more than just their addiction! Yes, many of my clients are trauma survivors who use (or have used) drugs and alcohol (or food or self-harming behavior) to feel less badly and…

The Process of Alcohol Rehab: A Guide Through Addiction Treatment
November 29, 2016

The Process of Alcohol Rehab: A Guide Through Addiction Treatment Going into alcohol rehab is not a “one and done” process. Recovery is a lifelong pursuit that requires dedication and commitment to a better life through sobriety. In the beginning, you’ll focus on detox and rehab. However, when you go into aftercare or independent recovery…

How High Is Your Doctor Recommending You Get?
November 28, 2016

How High Is Your Doctor Recommending You Get? The pharmaceutical industry is an important one, and fills a critical role in the health and wellbeing of the population. From antidepressants, to painkillers, to new antibiotics, we have a wealth of options when it comes to fighting even the most persistent of symptoms. But with such…

The Difference Between Long Term Treatment Centers and Outpatient Programs
November 22, 2016

The Difference Between Long Term Treatment Centers and Outpatient Programs When you’re looking at rehab options to start recovery from drug or alcohol abuse, you’ll likely wonder what most other patients do. What’s the difference between long term treatment centers and outpatient programs? Which program will serve you best, as you work for lasting recovery?…