Road-to-Recovery
What to Expect After Leaving Rehab
August 22, 2016

What to Expect After Leaving Rehab The best way to successfully overcome an addiction is to go through rehabilitation. However, as you might expect the process is far from easy when you have been dependent on drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time. What’s worse, life after rehab can be extremely difficult. as…

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Live and Learn: Top 10 Ways to Stay a Lifelong Learner
August 15, 2016

Live and Learn: Top 10 Ways to Stay a Lifelong Learner As the 2016–17 school year opens, parents and kids are preparing for major changes in routine. You may be thinking about going back to school yourself, especially if a bout with chemical dependence interrupted your education. But even if you have all the degrees…

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Detroit Muscle: The Story Behind the Story
August 8, 2016

Detroit Muscle: The Story Behind the Story Why did you write the book? As an author, that’s a fairly common question to receive. Are you in recovery? Is a new question I’ve also been asked quite a bit lately since writing Detroit Muscle, a novel about an OxyContin addict in early recovery. The answer is…

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Boundaries in Relationships: They’re a Two-Way Street
August 1, 2016

Boundaries in Relationships They’re a Two-Way Street You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce. —Tony Gaskins   Has a loved one ever asked you for a significant favor or commitment, something you absolutely dreaded, but you agreed to do it to avoid hurting their…

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What to Expect in Your First Year of Recovery
July 25, 2016

What to Expect in Your First Year of Recovery When I was getting sober there was no manual on “What to expect when you are getting sober” as much as I’d like to think there was. Instead my new life came with a Fellowship, a blue book and a new way to live my life…

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A Half-Truth is a Whole Lie
July 18, 2016

A Half-Truth is a Whole Lie My journey into recovery began in 2006, almost 10 years ago now.  I was 28 years old, married, with a 3-year-old daughter. Back then, I wanted to get sober for all the wrong reasons. Mostly, so that my family would leave me alone about it. At that point in…

10 Things I Want to Try Sober (I Used to Do While Drunk) …
July 11, 2016

10 Things I Want to Try Sober (I Used to Do While Drunk) … I was in a roadside bar a few weeks ago. My favorite kind of watering hole: rustic, rural with a long, cluttered bar top and a surly barmaid. There were some animal heads hanging crookedly on the wall and a beat…

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What Keeps Us Sober
July 4, 2016

What Keeps Us Sober Being an active member of a recovery community, I watch a lot of people come in and out. Unfortunately, for as many people that enter recovery, very few stick around. Just when I think, “Yup, that guys got what it takes!” he disappears and is never heard from again. From an…

PTSD and Co-Occurring Disorders
June 27, 2016

PTSD and Co-Occurring Disorders Traumatic experiences can stay with us—at times reverberating in our lives for months, for years, or even for decades. In some cases, an experience of trauma can be so acute that it leads to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. This is a serious and diagnosable clinical condition, and…

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5 Ways to Cope with Summer’s Special Challenges
June 20, 2016

5 Ways to Cope with Summer’s Special Challenges Long after final graduation, most people still find summer the ideal time to slow down and relax. Leisure travel increases, organizations suspend regular meetings, and 9-to-5 businesses slow their production schedules. Families with schoolchildren make major adjustments in daily routines. Weddings and outdoor events surge in frequency.…