Evolving in Sobriety
February 20, 2017

Evolving in Sobriety “Oh…my…f*cking…God!” I had only heard my wife that alarmed one other time. We had just started dating when she called late one night to tell me a large spider was trapped in her apartment. I had initially assumed her “large spider” was probably nothing more than a normal-sized spider. Upon arriving I…

Why Gender and Age Specific Treatment Matters
February 14, 2017

Why Gender and Age Specific Treatment Matters This article first appeared on Arrowhead Lodge Recovery   Introduction In recent years drug and alcohol treatment programs have grown dramatically in the United States, yet most addiction treatment centers’ programs are designed for all adults, age 18 and older, and both men and women. This broad-based, treatment-for-everyone…

Keep That New Year’s Resolution Year Round: Six Secrets of Keeping Resolutions Fresh
February 6, 2017

Keep That New Year’s Resolution Year Round: Six Secrets of Keeping Resolutions Fresh Each year, forty percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions—and eighty percent of resolvers break their resolutions. You may be among those who have never kept a January 1 promise this far into the year—or who have given up the whole idea.…

Choosing Your Friends Wisely in Recovery
January 30, 2017

Choosing Your Friends Wisely in Recovery My best friend and I quit drinking at the same time. She quit because she was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis and I quit because I was a late stage alcoholic. The fact is, she got the liver I deserved, but she didn’t hold it against me. It’s been almost…

The Lifestyle of Recovery
January 23, 2017

The Lifestyle of Recovery By: Dr. Fred J. Hansen, Ph.D, BCP, LPC, CEO of Life Management Resources  For many who are dependent on alcohol and other substances, lifestyle blocks our recovery.  It is easy to see the problem when we have a bad lifestyle: living with an abusive partner, hanging out with drug-dealing and drug-seeking…

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…