In what is probably my least favorite Frank Sinatra song, old blue eyes croons, “Regrets, I’ve had a few – but then again, too few to mention…” Too few to mention? Really? As a recovering alcoholic, I’ve had plenty of regrets to count, and I hate the smugness of the lyric. Sorry Frank. Early in
Putting Yourself First in Recovery
The term self-centered has a negative connotation, and understandably so. In most areas of life, being self-centered is undesirable. In recovery, being self-centered has another meaning – deciding to make yourself a priority and striving to be independent and self-sufficient. When it comes to seeking treatment for a co-occurring disorder, you and your recovery are
From the Inside out of Addiction
When you finally recover and see the light on the other side of addiction, you begin to understand and empathize with others struggling with this disease as you begin to see yourself in their every word, their every thought, their every action, when you were in active addiction. When you see another who is living
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: The people we never hear about.
In honor of eating disorders awareness week, February 22-February 28, 2015, I thought it would be powerful to highlight just a few of the groups of people who suffer from eating and body image disorders that we rarely hear about. In the media, the most common stories on eating disorders often sensationalize anorexia and bulimia in
Is Feeling Bad About Your Body Getting in the Way of Your Recovery?
FREE this week – a life changing texting program to help you feel better about your body and support your recovery. Did you know that 80% of women say that the images of women on television and in movies, fashion magazines and advertising makes them feel insecure? Or that the average American woman is 5’4”
The Importance of Family Programming
In the past 10 or so years, I’ve noticed a slew of ancillary services to residential substance abuse and mental health treatment, from equine therapy, yoga, meditation to dolphin-assisted therapy. While all these therapies have added value to the identified client, not much has changed for the families. It seems we still look at the
Faces of Gratitude
There are an infinite number of reasons to be grateful for your sobriety. Whether it’s because you’ve re-built trust with your family, or you found a great job that you enjoy going to; gratitude isn’t a one-size-fits-all feeling, and there is certainly no right or wrong answer as to what you should be grateful for
Boundaries in Relationships: They’re a Two-Way Street
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 feelings? Or, maybe you
Empowering Women to Recover
When clinicians are trying to help women to change, grow, and heal from addictions, it is critical that they place women in environments in which they can experience mutual, empathetic, healthy relationships with their counselors and with one another. Quote: Stephanie Covington Barriers To Treatment For Women Many treatment centers claim to provide gender-specific treatment.
Why Self Care is a Necessity for Human Functioning
“Self-care is not about self-indulgence, it’s about self-preservation.” – Audrey Lorde As a woman, mother, and psychotherapist- I tend to run on the care-taking side. I grew up in an alcoholic household as the oldest of five desperately wanting to make sure everyone else was taken care of. For a long time, I ignored that I