person with hands clasped dealing with complacency in recovery

Rehab 101: Dealing with the Multi-Dimensional Problem of Complacency in Recovery

“It is not failure, but complacency… aiming too low, that is life’s greatest tragedy.”                                                             – Benjamin E. Mays Most people I know in recovery are aware of how important it is to be vigilant about “practicing these principles in all our affairs.” For the sake of this blog-post, this means that, as far as our…

person walking along the beach practicing patience in recovery

Rehab 101: Reflections on the Value of Practicing the Principle of Patience in Recovery

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”                                                             – Ralph Waldo Emerson The following brief anecdote illustrates one of the first “lessons” I learned in early recovery—the principle of practicing patience in my life. One evening after a recovery group meeting, a tall, thin woman—someone I respected and who I knew had decades of…

man smiling outside enjoying new behaviors in recovery

Rehab 101: The Importance of Practicing New Behaviors (and Attitudes) in Recovery

Whether you’ve just arrived at a treatment center for alcohol or drug issues, have been “working a program” of recovery for decades, or you’re somewhere in between, it’s probably clear to you that learning and adopting new ways of thinking and acting isn’t always easy. But in recovery, we’re quickly told by both addiction professionals…

woman looking out window thinking about opioid use disorder

If You’re Suffering from Opioid Use Disorder, a Recent Update on Treatment & Support Offers Added Hope & Encouragement

In a recent report by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) updating how opioid use disorder (addiction to opiates) should be diagnosed, assessed and treated[1], a number of important guideline revisions, as well as new recommendations, have been put forward to the addictions professional community, taken together offering increased hope and encouragement for those…

woman stretching in the morning and using humility in addiction recovery

Rehab 101: Some Reflections on How the Principle of ‘Humility’ Fits into Recovery

“For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all.”               – Bill Wilson, 12 Steps & 12 Traditions Last night, I participated in a Zoom “remote” 12 Steps meeting of people in recovery and the discussion topic was ‘humility.’ Toward the end, a fellow with over 30 years of sobriety—a doctor on…

woman laughing over coffee with husband as they apply the recovery rehab principles

Applying the Recovery-Rehab Principle of Flexibility in the Coronavirus Era

Here is how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘flexibility’: “characterized by a ready capability to adapt to new, different or changing requirements. “ Now, given all of the ‘new, different or changing requirements’ thrown at us all (individually and collectively) by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, I think the timing is good for us to take a…