What is This Thing Called Addiction RECOVERY?

  This is not a trick question. Nor does it have a “right” answer. However, there is a wise old saying by Yogi Berra that sums it up, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” And with addiction recovery, it is up to each one of us to define […]

Gratitude, Thankfulness and Recovery in the Real World…

  I went away to a retreat last weekend. I was feeling a bit “rusty” in my recovery and decided I could use a tune-up. One of the things that hit me like a gong at a Buddhist temple while I was there, was the fact I had stopped doing a daily check on the […]

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

  My daughter and her fiance’ were visiting from Florida last weekend. Sometimes it’s nice to see the world through someone else’s eyes. For a couple of hot-house flowers, the weather was cold (blustery and in the 40s), but the autumn color was at its finest and my guests were game to explore the splendors […]

Good Mood Food – What’s Cooking in Recovery?

I’ll be the first to admit that I am still working on establishing a “healthy relationship” with food. So, whenever I sit down with Sanford House Chef Leslie, I feel a bit guilty. I know that my last night’s dinner consisted of a package of hastily browned ground turkey and a peck of green apples […]

Warning – Bariatric Surgery Can Lead to Alcohol Addiction

  There are times on the road to wellness, when the only thing one can say is, “No fair.” I remember thinking no fair when six months sober, a long dormant eating disorder popped up like the head of a Hydra. Just when I had my alcohol use disorder (AUD) licked, another trial presented itself. […]

Michigan Recovery – Hiking Your Way to Sober Success!

I was at a presentation last month. An august fellow in a well-cut suit was so excited about his topic (convincing us that voting to legalize recreational marijuana was a bad idea), he actually jumped up and down at the podium. DO (jump)! NOT (jump)! ALLOW (jump)! THIS TO HAPPEN IN MICHIGAN (jump, jump)! Sometimes I […]

Anthony Bourdain: Shining a Light on Suicide, Addiction and Depression

  The deaths by suicide of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade last week, brought mental health and suicide to the forefront. Perhaps that is the only positive that can be gleaned from the tragic and avoidable loss of such robust, talented people.   When Celebrity Shines a Light… In the celebrity magazine Us Weekly, there […]

The Greening of Addiction Recovery – It’s Spring!

  Do you remember the scene in the movie Bambi when the ice melts, flowers bud and everyone gets “twitterpated”? The word holds a different meaning these days, but in the old movie, it depicts the way we all feel about spring. Renewed, restored and ready for what life offers.   That’s especially true for those […]

Women & Addiction – “Pink” Flags for the Moms Who Need Wine…

  I met with a thirty-something therapist last week who said she was concerned about her peers and their drinking habits. The “Moms who Need Wine” crowd: Starbucks cups filled with iced KJ at the soccer games. Play dates replete with chardonnay and imported cheese… Even baby-carriage walking groups with iced wine in the cup […]

Whack a Mole! When Eating Disorders Pop Up During 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 appear, is too stressful and unpredictable. But, I could relate when someone in group said they thought eating disorders popping up during addiction treatment reminded them of whack-a-mole.   Wham! That came out of nowhere! […]