Hope & Restoration
We must be willing to let go of everything to find what it is that is truly meant for us. We’re experiencing a great test of that right now, for everyone.
I know some people are getting really scared right now. As usual over the past three years, my reaction has been paradoxical to this.
Since November 2016, I’ve been checking off my late father’s bucket list and writing a book about it.
Many complain that our culture is too beholden to biological psychiatry and genetic reductionism. Much of the discussion on addiction forms part of this cultural background. Thus we inherit, or even construct, different ways of thinking about ourselves, about health and disease, about weal and woe. But not every popular assumption is sober truth.Read More
Forgiveness is often discussed in addiction treatment, and in general has been shown to bolster mental health, hope, and self-esteem. People are frequently told that they ‘should’ forgive a loved one, or that they ‘need to’ forgive themselves. Tangible tactics on how to forgive are oft-omitted. This article neglects philosophical pontifications as to what forgiveness is and instead focuses on specific techniques, based on the Enright model of forgiveness, that actually result in the experience of forgiveness.Read More
It is one of the biggest questions anyone can ask: is my loved one struggling with depression? It pays to help someone who is depressed as this disease can lead to suicide if left untreated. In 2017, about 17 million adults in the US suffered at least one major depressive episode. Studies also discovered that the risk of a significant incident is higher among women than men. So, how will you know if your loved one is affected?Read More
Many 12-step meetings have been temporarily suspended and the list of “No’s” and “Suggested No’s” can seem overwhelming, even to those who are not in recovery. Read on for some practical solutions to help you stay sober during this time. 12-Step Fellowship in the middle of a pandemic. This seems like an oxymoron. Aren’t we all supposed to be following an “as-rigid-as-possible” social distancing plan for the next few weeks? Many 12-step meetings have been temporarily suspended and the list of “No’s” and “Suggested No’s” can seem overwhelming, even to those who are not in recovery:Read More
It’s well-known that addiction hijacks the brain. Even though addicts are aware of the negative consequences of continuing to use, they still do it. As the disease progresses, they will start to lie, steal, cheat, and worse… anything to get their drug of choice. Eventually, they find themselves alone, with all their relationships in smoldering ruins and nowhere to turn for help. But is there hope when it comes to overcoming addiction? Can you ever get over it? If so, how?Read More
I was terrified of going to rehab. I’d had some horrifically terrible experiences in hospitals – so bad I don’t even want to write about them.
I was afraid of giving up my freedom, my phone, my contact with family, even being away from my cat. But when I passed out on the sidewalk outside a local dive bar and woke up in a hospital bed, I knew it was time. Something had to change, and desperate times require desperate measures.Read More
There’s no such thing as good emotions and bad emotions—they’re all what makes us human. Here’s why we should reevaluate how we view and treat emotions.
As a society, we don’t try to hide the simple fact that we don’t like emotions. We view them as weak, as troublesome and useless, specifically if they are termed “negative.” They get in the way of our everyday lives. As a result, we do not express what we feel but instead suppress our emotions.Read More
Crafting your environment can help you create a solid foundation for your life in recovery. What’s your environment like? When you were living with addiction your environment might have been filled with people coming and going, so-called friends that you couldn’t actually trust. It might have been loud or unpredictable. Just like a negative environment can contribute to the chaos of addiction, a healthy environment can help you thrive in recovery.Read More
Before recovery, people often live with a great many fears. You might be afraid of someone finding out about your substance abuse or addictive behaviors. Possibly, you might fear getting arrested or going to prison for DUI. You might be afraid of hospitalization, institutionalization, failure, crisis, relapse, or a diagnosis of a psychiatric or substance use disorder.Read More