Monthly Archives: December 2016

An Open Letter to Society from a Recovering Alcoholic

December 26th, 2016|

 Societal Pressures that Contribute to Addiction Dear Society, You suck. Honestly, people say they don’t know what they would do without other people, but I do. I would thrive. I wouldn’t have to worry about social pressures, about perceptions, or about attitudes. Since you clearly thought genetic susceptibility to addiction and mental disorders weren’t bad enough, you went and had to make it a lot more tempting to give in to the addiction. Just a little more for just a little relief, I told myself. Tomorrow would be better, I told myself. The stress will

The Art of Forgiveness and How it Transforms Lives

December 22nd, 2016|

“Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” ~ Desmond Tutu Forgiveness may be one of the most difficult aspects of the path to recovery. For many, forgiving their loved ones is harder than giving up alcohol or drugs altogether, and as a result, they can go years trying to forget the wrongs against them without fully forgiving those who wronged them. In the long run feeding on this pain, on negative thoughts, and on bitterness is detrimental not only to relationships but to the emotional health of the one harboring

Deck the Halls with Non-Alcoholic Eggnog: Seven Steps to Stay Sober During the Holidays

December 19th, 2016|

While it may look different, the holidays can still be plenty joyful and filled with general merriment even without a drink in your hand. It may not be easy, but these seven suggestions should serve as a good start to staying sober during the holidays – from Thanksgiving right on through to the New Year. Come the morning of January 1st, your steadfast and sober self will thank you. #1 Remember the Reason during the Season You started on the path to recovery for a reason. It may be more difficult to remember this reason

The Other Sobriety: Becoming Emotionally Sober

December 15th, 2016|

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” ~ Oscar Wilde Emotions are part of being human. We get sad, angry, frustrated or happy depending on the circumstances we find ourselves in and the experiences we have. However, experiencing emotions as men and women does not mean that we must be mastered by our emotions. Instead, we must learn to master our own emotions and not let them dictate our words, our actions, or our life. Giving up alcohol, drugs

It’s Not All Burgers and Beer: Boys and Body Image

December 12th, 2016|

Earlier this year it was revealed that Zayn Malik struggled with an eating disorder while in the boy band One Direction. With this revelation, people have been forced to reassess their preconceived notions of body image and its impact on both men and women. The scientific community has known for a long time that eating disorders do not discriminate based on sex; both men and women experience the negative consequences of a negative body image, ranging from fad dieting to steroid abuse to complete eating disorders. But that has not stopped society as a whole

Facing the Past and Dealing with Trauma – How EMDR Helps

December 8th, 2016|

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” ~ Susan Pease Banitt For those who have experienced a traumatic personal event or history, facing the past can be one of the most difficult aspects of working through recovery. Trauma leads to feelings of a loss of control, a lack of trust, and the inability to tell anybody about it. But all of these – regaining control, rebuilding trust, and describing what happened over and over again – are all integral to trauma recovery. Thankfully, support groups and individual

Gifts That Keep Giving: Opportunities to Give Back in Boise

December 5th, 2016|

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” ~ Jim Rohn Mariah Carey on the radio? Big sales at the store? Family recipes being dusted off? All of this can only mean one thing: Christmas is almost upon us. After the craziness of Black Friday, holiday cheer is sure to spike in the weeks to come. But this does not only mean presents under the tree and stockings over the fire. It is also a chance for those in the Boise community to get up, get out, and help out.

8 Signs Your Loved One is Struggling with Addiction

December 1st, 2016|

Drug and alcohol addiction is often a hidden problem. Like most diseases, it is at its most dangerous while it festers, undiscovered. That said, addiction is also like most diseases in that it also shows some unmistakable symptoms if you know what to look for. The first step of recovery from addiction is for the victim to admit the problem. But sometimes they can’t see it themselves, and that’s where you come in. If your loved one is starting to exhibit some unusual behaviors, and you suspect substance abuse may be involved, look for these