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28 11, 2016

What are the Penalties for DWI/DUI in Idaho?

November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

When those of us with an alcohol addiction make decisions while we are drunk, there frequently are unpleasant consequences that haunt us even when we are sober. Take, for instance, the cost that comes with the decision to drive after drinking. In Idaho, getting caught driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI)

25 11, 2016

Why Personal Connections are So Vital During Recovery

November 25th, 2016|0 Comments

"I am a rock. I am an Island." ~lyrics from Simon & Garfunkel These lyrics from this classic Simon & Garfunkel song while musically beautiful do not apply to the life of a recovering alcoholic. In my experience, my recovery proved to me that not only am I not a rock or an island, but

22 11, 2016

The Power of Gratitude in Recovery

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

"Have an attitude of gratitude." ~Thomas Merton Gratitude is like the secret ingredient in the recipe to making the perfect meal known as 'recovery from addiction'. As I've added liberal doses of genuine gratitude to my sober life, I've noticed a power unlike any other causing great, positive changes in my life. The power of

19 11, 2016

The Pitfalls of Harm Reduction Approaches in Addiction Recovery

November 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Recovering addicts often find the process of becoming and staying sober too hard to do all at once. From this viewpoint, a rather controversial method of rehabilitation known as harm reduction has emerged. One approach in particular is known as moderation management, the idea that drinking 'in moderation' is ok, as long as it isn't

16 11, 2016

How to Determine if AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is Right for You

November 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Early in your walk of sobriety, it's important to surround yourself with healthy choices, supportive people, and new activities that positively impact the new you. Because you will be overcoming the negative impact that alcohol and alcoholism has had in your life, it's critical that you determine the best course of action for you. What

13 11, 2016

What We Can Learn from the Most Recent Studies on Alcoholism

November 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Science has helped us gain a true perspective on alcoholism, from its causes to its consequences and every critical aspect in between. While it would be easier to bury our head in the proverbial sand and pretend the impact of alcohol on living a healthy life isn't quite so powerful, that is just not realistic.

10 11, 2016

Sobriety Milestones: What They Mean to Me

November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston Churchill The day my addiction to alcohol crashed in on me and I realized how much of a hold it had on my life, I felt like such a failure. If ever there was a time in my

7 11, 2016

How to Talk to Your Kids About Your Addiction and Recovery

November 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Living a life of recovery after a season (or a lifetime) of addiction comes with a new set of rules and challenges. If you have children, you learn quickly that there are some ways to talk to your kids about addiction and recovery that are effective - and others that aren't. Depending on varying factors,

4 11, 2016

Grieving the Loss of my Addiction to Alcohol

November 4th, 2016|0 Comments

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." ~C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed I know it may sound strange to some, but being sober has thrown me into an acute sense of mourning. Facing the addiction has forced me to consider how my sobriety is affected by the stages of grief:         Denial

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