January 23, 2019

Stop Playing Tug of War with Your Addict

Drop the Rope and Stop Playing Tug of War with Your Addict.   No bones about it – addiction is a gnarly disease that is very challenging to cope with, especially when the addict is someone close to you and lives in your home. It is so easy to get caught up in the drama that addiction can bring that you may find yourself in a tug-of-war with the addict, yet it is no game and certainly no fun. Are you tired of nagging, scolding, complaining, and dominating? If you find yourself doing things for the addict that they should be able to do for themselves, trying to control everything […]
January 14, 2019

Busting Through Shame: Being of Service

Part Three of a Three Part Series Busting Through Shame:  Being of Service Congratulations if you’ve made it this far in the shame busting process! You were willing to exam the wreckage of your past and took responsibility for it. Those are significant accomplishments and something many people, whether in recovery or not, are afraid even to attempt much less complete. You’ve done well, and most likely it shows in your face and your life. You’ve begun to experience the many benefits of recovery like serenity, peace, and joy as well as miracles in your life – great relationships, renewed career, and a prospering bank account. And shame is no […]
January 12, 2019

Busting Through Shame: Making Amends

Part Two of a Three Part Series Busting Through Shame: Making Amends You are busting through shame – what a great way to start the New Year and a new YOU! So, you’ve dug through the muck of your past, shared it with a trusted person, and experienced a shift in how you view yourself. You have a better understanding of your behavior, what’s behind it, and what needs to change going forward. You’ve done a lot of great work and have probably already begun to feel at least some relief from the burden of shame that was feeding your addiction. (If you missed Part 1 of this series, we […]
January 11, 2019

Busting Through Shame: A Personal Inventory

Part One of a Three Part Series Busting Through Shame: A Personal Inventory One of the most significant factors in falling prey to the disease of addiction, one of the greatest triggers to relapse, and one of the greatest barriers to recovery is low self-esteem/self-worth. Where there is low self-worth, there is the shame. In this 3-part series Busting Through Shame, we will break down for you how recovery works to root out the causes of shame to effectively diffuse it and how that makes way for a long time getting and remaining clean and sober. A huge part of recovery from addiction, no matter which method you choose, involves […]
December 31, 2018

You CAN Quit Smoking as Part of Your Addiction Recovery!

You CAN Quit Smoking as Part of Your Addiction Recovery!   Although the statistics vary, somewhere between 80-97% of all substance abuse disorder (SUD) patients at recovery centers are also tobacco users, which even at the low end of the spectrum is a very high number compared to an average 20% of the general population. It is also known that most of these patients would like to quit smoking in addition to recovering from their other substance addictions. Unfortunately, many treatment centers either do not offer treatment for nicotine addiction or do not stress its importance in overall addiction recovery. Some may even encourage smoking as a crutch to be […]
December 26, 2018

Diet Overhaul: Eating to Enhance and Accelerate Addiction Recovery

Diet Overhaul: Eating to Enhance and Accelerate Addiction Recovery You’ve made it to substance abuse recovery (bravo!), and now that you’ve gone through the initial detox your mind is clearing a bit, and you are beginning to start to see the damages caused by the disease of addiction. Along with damaged relationships, careers, finances, and legal issues, you’re also facing a health crisis: what have you done to your body?!? You may have contracted any number of infections, sexually transmitted diseases, and health issues, some of them serious. Even if you don’t show signs of any other severe health issues yet, your liver, adrenals, Central Nervous System (CNS), heart, and […]