Recovery Nutrition – The Rundown on Not Feeling Run Down

  When someone begins treatment for a substance use disorder, “recovery nutrition” is not at the top of their priority list. The importance of nutrition often gets lost in the process of attending counseling sessions, finding local meetings, adjusting to new environments, and doing the exhausting work of forming better habits in every area of […]

High-Risk Recovery Situations! What To Do?

  The National Council of Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines high-risk situations as “those that threaten your recovery or trigger a strong craving to use substances.”  One of the easiest ways to identify this is by categorizing situations as to people, places or things.   People, Places and Things … People may be those who you […]

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My Loved One is Angry & DUI – Should I Call the Police?

  Living with Addiction: If you live with someone who drinks or drugs too much, the following scenario should be familiar. The argument begins (as it always does) about mid-way between sobriety and your loved one’s peak inebriation and ends in DUI. It may start because of a missed milestone or unbecoming behavior in public. […]

Awesome Michigan Recovery – Best of Excursions!

  One of Sanford’s therapists, Ali S. Kitchen, said it best, “Michiganders have always been my favorite group of people for many reasons. I love the way Michiganders love their state.” And what a marvelous state to be in recovery! Especially in the summer. The gorgeous fresh produce (even with a short growing season) improves […]

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Family Member Recovery – Reactions and Responses

In my article, When Loved Ones Enable Addictive Disease,I discussed the idea of family member recovery and battling a person vs. the disease of addiction. I said, “When we battle an addictive disease process, we engage in purposeful and strategic behaviors to disrupt the process of the addictive disease progression.”   Referring to family member […]

Shame and the Self-Conscious Emotions

Have you ever taken a second to pay attention to that little voice inside your head? The one that navigates all of us through our daily life?   Inner Monologue and Self-Talk … That little voice is often called our “inner monologue” or “self-talk”. And paying attention to that voice can be crucial for identifying […]

Finding Recovery – Living in Recovery

There is a difference between finding recovery and living in recovery. When I found recovery, I was at such a rock bottom that I could see no way of continuing to live.   I was well aware that alcohol is a toxin. I knew it was ruining everything and destroying me and all my relationships. […]

Medication-Assisted Treatment – Busting the Myths

When managing addiction, many people fear the judgement of others for their choices about treatment decisions. There are multiple ways to approach recovery. And medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a viable and appropriate choice for some. You and your treatment team will decide which course of action is best for you. When talking with others you […]

Counselor Self-Care: Protecting the Instruments of Healing

When I was a newly graduated counselor, over thirty years ago, I took my first job in an outpatient alcohol and drug treatment center. I remember my feelings of anxiety upon seeing my first clients. And I wondered, “What treatment modality should I apply?” I also worried, “Are my listening skills adequate and professional?”    […]

Sober Dating? How on Earth Do I Master Relationships?

Life as a single sober person can be difficult.  And sober dating? Fellowship meetings are not social clubs, and I tend to focus on recovery and helping others while there. So it’s difficult to meet someone (although it does happen). I am also acutely aware that many of my fellows share stories of partners who […]