Monthly Archives: November 2015

Working through Shame in Recovery: How to Heal

November 18th, 2015|

"Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change." ~ Brene Brown, I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame Drug addiction and alcoholism each carry a stigma. Even individuals who are practicing sobriety and inactive, successful recovery feel the weight of society's scorn, disdain, and distaste. Those who are unfamiliar with the idea that addiction is a disease have prejudicial and erroneous believes about its sufferers: Addicts are morally weak – WRONG. Addiction is a disease, just like diabetes, cancer, and

A Survival Guide: Handling the Holidays during Recovery

November 18th, 2015|

During the holiday season, it is a time for camaraderie and celebration – socializing, office parties, reconnecting, and overeating at dinner. But for many people, "celebrating" also means imbibing copious amounts of their favorite alcoholic holiday beverage. For sober people in recovery, successfully navigating all of these social events can feel a bit akin to running a gauntlet. Recovery Is Different during the Holidays During the rest of the year, it can be pretty easy for a recovering alcoholic to surround themselves with other sober people. In their everyday lives, they can set boundaries –

8 Positive Things People in Recovery Do Every Day

November 18th, 2015|

"You can't make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how to act, and if you choose right, it builds your confidence." ~ Julien Smith, The Flinch One of the first things people in recovery from alcoholism or substance abuse is that addiction is a disease – an incurable, chronic disease. It is incurable because an addict/alcoholic there is currently no medicine they can take, no therapy they can undergo, no treatment they can receive, and no action they can take that will remove the predisposition that was shaped by their genetics, their former environment,

5 Ways AA Helped Me

November 18th, 2015|

"Our findings are shedding light on how AA helps people recover from addiction over time. The results suggest that social context factors are key; the people who associate with individuals attempting to begin recovery can be crucial to their likelihood of success. AA appears adept at facilitating and supporting those social changes." ~ John F. Kelly, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Addiction Medicine There is at least one in every family – a relative who has a not-too-subtle problem with alcohol. Maybe they're always making a fool of themselves at

Protect Your Recovery for The Holidays – A Message From Our Founder

November 5th, 2015|

Let me start by wishing everyone a happy holiday season.  The holidays are a time of year where alcohol and sometimes drugs, are incorporated into events.  Many of our clientele report feeling “left out” of the festivities when attending non-recovery related social commitments.  I encourage all recovering people to have a holiday “safety plan” in place to help get through the holidays clean and sober.  Here are a few tips I use with clients and in my own recovery. Always have an exit strategy.  I encourage those going into any situation where drugs or alcohol