Blue Monday (Tuesday, Wednesday…) Beating the New Year’s Blues…

  This week started with “Blue Monday”.  Blue Monday – January 16th. It’s known as the most depressing day of the year. It is when the post-holiday blues set in, when New Year’s resolutions have typically failed, and when the weather is at its worst. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, […]

Why Do I Feel So TIRED? I Need the Recipe for Energy!!!!

  It is that time of year when the social calendar becomes tight with commitments and our waistlines rapidly expand. That picture is a stark contrast to the years of isolation and limited social engagements in active addiction. Recovery, to me, represents living a life of enjoyment and connection. But, this time of year can be […]

A Recipe for Anxiety (Hint – It Includes Dark Chocolate…)

  Many of us in recovery suffer with anxiety. It comes as part of the package of feelings we experience. It also waxes and wanes as we experience different moments and milestones in our recovery. Today, I am in the waxing phase. I’ll share with you how I am coping and my top tips to […]

Fighting Fit – A Recipe for a Healthy Winter…

  Winter is on its way. The temperature has dropped; it is getting darker earlier and there is less sunshine. I’m not sure about you, but when I feel winter looming I want to hibernate. A place that is all too familiar. As a person in recovery, I have a propensity to withdraw. I want […]

Radical Self Care – When Life is Taking a Toll on Your Body…

  This week I have flown over 20,000 miles to attend my brother’s funeral. It has been heart breaking and I feel like a shell of my former self. I’ll never be the same again. I learned the true nature of my powerlessness and what I am able to control. The buck stops with me, […]

Finding Comfort in Grief: Chicken Soup IS Good for the Soul…

    This is a tough one to write…but I believe in living my life authentically and to share about my life in recovery, means sharing the most painful parts. I’ve recently suffered bereavement. It’s not something that I have experienced before with a close family member, especially so unexpectedly. I feel like my world […]

Yoga – The Ahh Feeling I Used to Seek in Drugs…

  Can meetings alone make you blissful? Recently, I attended a wonderful kundalini yoga retreat. It gave me that ahh feeling I always sought in drugs. During that pocket of bliss, I paused to reflect and asked myself, why don’t I practice yoga more?  Yoga, particularly kundalini yoga, is vital to my recovery. It helps […]

Eat Your Greens! A Healthy Diet Means Healthy Recovery!

  I recently attended a yoga workshop on digestive health and was able to take a moment to pause and reflect on the relationship I have with food and my body. Four years ago, I had no idea that a healthy diet can mean a healthy recovery. Now I’d argue that fruit and vegetables can […]

A Rescue Recipe for Self-Care (and Healthy Stew)

  Recovery can be wonderful, enlightening and exhausting: a rollercoaster if you like. I have been burned out many times. Fortunately, the period between burnouts becomes greater. In my experience, that ‘space’ grows in direct proportion to the duration of the time you’re in recovery.   I think its really important, as a recovery writer […]

Stop Using. Start Eating. Ride a Bike. Lose 50 Pounds. Yay.

  Last year I embarked on the second biggest challenge in my life – the first being getting clean – to lose the weight that I had gained during my addiction. My using career very quickly progressed from stimulant based drugs in my teens and 20’s, to prescription opiates and copious amount of alcohol in […]