How to Help A Sibling Struggling With Addiction

June 8th, 2017|

Having a sibling with addiction is one of the most heart-rendering things you can go through. In fact, watching any loved one go through addiction is unspeakably difficult. You can see the problem, you know something has to be done, but you feel powerless to actually help. This is something of a mirror image to the way an addicted person feels about their own situation. They know something isn’t quite right, and they’d really like to make the necessary changes to get themselves back on track, but there’s something there that simply won’t allow that

Spirituality…Searching for Meaning During Addiction Recovery

March 9th, 2015|

What is the meaning of “spirituality”?  Does it have anything to do with recovery?  Is it possible to get sober without spirituality? Early in your journey through rehab you will be presented with concepts about God, higher powers and spirituality.  During rehab, you will hear plenty of stories from others.  Many stories will be about how the person could not have recovered without God. You probably won’t have any problem with the idea of God and recovery if your earlier experiences with religion were positive.  However, some people have been hurt by religion and may

Practicing Forgiveness

February 6th, 2015|

Forgiveness is a concept that can bring about a great deal of confusion.  The idea of being able to find a way to let go of the pain that you may have suffered goes against our natural instincts of fight or flight. Forgiving Yourself When faced with a challenging task like recovery, it isn't surprising that we might find ourselves indulging in feelings of guilt and shame.  Pushing aside unpleasant feelings are fined tuned practices of an addicted person. Guilt and shame are totally useless emotions that must go if you are to heal.  It