The Art of Alcoholism

My friend Tall Girl and I were having an email conversation. She had just come back from New York and she was telling me about going to MOMA and seeing “her favorite Jackson Pollack” on display.I said, “People have favorite Pollocks? All those paint splotches just look the same to me. I like his dribbly

Energy Drink Addiction – Chasing the High

a view from above showing the tops of energy drink cans

Energy Drink Addiction – Chasing the High We live in a volatile time. We are a society addicted to more. Every time one turns around there is another product that has been developed with a primary goal of addicting the consumer. We hunger for the quick fix from easy weight loss without lifestyle changes or

How to Approach a Loved One Struggling with Chemical Dependency

For many, there’s nothing worse than watching a loved one struggling with chemical dependency. You may want to help them, but not know the best approach. This is particularly true when addiction is clearly “off limits” every time you try to talk to them about getting help. So how do you approach a loved one

Why not check out that AA meeting?

The longer I’m sober the more I realize that not a lot of people get sober via AA nor do they stay “in” the program after getting sober, and so I sometimes take on the AA spokesmodel persona and comment to someone, “Why not check out an AA meeting”. Of course I’m quite biased as

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 assists the client with facing and transforming

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