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Whack a Mole! Eating Disorders & Addiction Treatment…

  I’ve never liked the carnival game whack-a-mole. Bashing heads with a cartoon hammer, while an endless succession of new rodents appears. It is too stressful and unpredictable. But I could relate, when a friend in recovery said they thought eating disorders, popping up during addiction treatment, reminded them of playing whack-a-mole.   Wham! That came […]

10 Reasons a Michigan Winter is Good for Your Health!

  At the beginning of winter 2020, there is no question what was in the minds of Michiganders far and wide. After almost a year of isolation, distancing and COVID-19, we are heading into the months when we normally sequester. How are we going to handle this? And when the first snow fell in October […]

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The Effects of Alcohol on the Whole Body

  Whenever I think of the ill effects of drugs and alcohol on the body, I think of the 1980s Partnership for a Drug-Free America campaign with the egg. This is your brain (hold up a pristine egg). This is drugs (grease bubbling in a frying pan). And this is your brain on drugs (crack […]

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100 Sober Things to Do to Beat the Winter Blues

  Feeling the winter blues? There are many wonderful things about living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But, and there is a but, the winters are long. A lot of the awesome things to do are currently buried beneath a crazy quilt of variations on the color white.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real issue when the […]

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Anybody Else Having Trouble Sleeping?

  I have a sleep history. For most of my adult life I have been a card-carrying insomniac. Waking at 3:00 am with a crazy energy, sweeping the front porch at dawn and banging pots and pans (or any other noisy handiwork) by 5:00 am. Loved ones stuffed toilet paper in their ears to deaden […]

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COVID-19 Relapse – Miley Cyrus Focuses on Sobriety

  In a series of recent articles, Miley Cyrus, who was 6 months alcohol free, admits to “falling off” during the pandemic. She says she is now “focusing on sobriety” after a relapse a few weeks ago. Miley is not alone in her struggles. And by speaking out, and reclaiming her recovery, she serves as […]

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Sober Holidays – 10 Questions You’ll Want to Ask

  I quit drinking in the month of July, so I had time to get used to the idea before the onslaught of the holiday season. And when I quit, there wasn’t a pandemic to compound the challenge. By Halloween I knew I was committed to sobriety. I spent the first dry trick-or-treat of my […]

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Finding Joy in an Unsettled World

I was sitting on a bench at Kirk Park taking in the fall colors, when a couple passed by. I watched them walk along the path toward Lake Michigan. A gale was blowing and they linked arms and bent against the wind off the water. The beach is eroded at Kirk Park, and there is […]

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Kicking Up the Best of a Michigan Autumn (I’m not SAD)!

  My daughter and her husband visited from Florida last year to see the fall colors (and what a difference a year makes). Sometimes it’s nice to see the world through someone else’s eyes. For a couple of hot-house flowers, the weather was blustery, but the autumn color was at its finest and my guests […]

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Mothers of Addiction – Women Influence Treatment Outcomes

  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make 80 percent of health care decisions in the United States. I’m not surprised. As a mother of grown children, I can attest to the fact they never really leave the nest. And women still take on the primary role of caregiver in families, even if […]

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