January 28, 2019

Self-Care 101: Learning to Have Fun without Drugs, Alcohol, or Guilt

Self-Care 101: Learning to Have Fun without Drugs, Alcohol, or Guilt You’re clean and sober – now what? No more parties, no more drinking at the beach or barbeques, no more tripping while listening to Floyd… Does this mean you will never have any fun again? Absolutely not! Being clean and sober is an opportunity to learn to have fun for the first time in your life. When you are of your right mind and body, it enables you to be entirely in the present moment, no matter what you’re doing. And as you practice being truly present, you’ll develop the ability to create happiness and joy in every situation. […]
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 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 […]
December 19, 2018

Happy Holiday Season When Your Loved One is an Active Addict

Happy Holiday Season When Your Loved One is an Active Addict   It seems like everyone around us is having the perfect Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, while we, the loved ones of an active addict, suffer from worry and anxiety over our loved one’s addiction, even more so at this time of year. We may be more stressed, tired, and overwhelmed by all the additional tasks the holidays tend to bring which can decrease our ability to deal with the active addiction that is going on in our household. We obsess over how many drinks the alcoholic has or look for drugs and paraphernalia if our loved […]