Recovery 101

Recovery 101

Recovery 101 – Handling Our Emotions Sometimes Requires Acceptance, and THAT sometimes Requires ‘Letting Go’ The other day, I found myself getting “riled up” on a phone call with one of my sisters—interestingly enough we were talking about our older sister who’d been hospitalized twice in the past week due to alcohol poisoning—and once we’d…

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Fear Losing Your Medical or Nursing License for Entering Treatment?

A significant number of doctors, nurses, and physicians are likely to struggle with addiction at some point in their careers. As such, medical professionals struggle with alcohol abuse and addiction at rates that are similar to, or slightly higher than, the general public. There are certainly a wide-ranging set of problems associated with having a…

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How to Improve Your Relationships This Valentine’s Day

Holidays such as Valentine’s Day can put a lot of pressure on a couple, whether they’ve been together for a week or they’ve been together for ten years. If one or both of those in a relationship are experiencing problems with substance abuse, however, holidays and day-to-day life can become even more stressful. When one…

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Rehab 101 – 3 Basic Tools to Use Every Day to Maintain Your New Life in Recovery

If you’re anything like me, you know your early days in recovery and the time you spent learning about addiction and recovery (whether in treatment or 12 Steps fellowships or both) were priceless, offering you an entire toolbox full of perspectives and practices for establishing a foundation for a new way of life, free from…

The Pluses and Minuses of the COVID Pandemic Forcing Addiction Support Groups to Go Online for Over a Year

The Pluses and Minuses of the COVID Pandemic Forcing Addiction Support Groups to Go Online for Over a Year

For the estimated 22 million people in the United States in recovery from substance-use disorders[1], recovery group meetings have been part of a daily protocol to help them stay “clean and sober” one day at a time. But once the COVID-19 pandemic kicked into high gear, the vast majority of in-person meetings closed down and…

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Pandemic-Fueled Restrictions, Isolation, Harder to Get Treatment All Precipitate Highest Recorded Overdose Deaths Toll, Per Experts

According to a just-released estimate by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a record number of drug overdose deaths were reported this past year—93,000—a 29% increase over the previous record (in 2019).[1] Brandon Marshall, a Brown University public health researcher who tracks overdose trends, said, “This is a staggering loss of human life. The nation…

How Aware Are We That America Has a Drinking Problem?

How Aware Are We That America Has a Drinking Problem?

In a recent article in The Atlantic entitled, “America Has a Drinking Problem,” author Kate Julian begins by pointing out alcohol consumption in the U.S. has risen steadily since 2000, and the longstanding societal effects of COVID-19 have shifted our nation’s drinking habits in the ‘more so’ direction. “(Prior to the pandemic) you might have…

Rehab 101 — How it Could Benefit Me to Be Open to Getting Guidance for my Thinking

Rehab 101 — How it Could Benefit Me to Be Open to Getting Guidance for my Thinking

Very rarely do we see people come into recovery from addiction brimming with positivity, honesty and a caring attitude toward others. Instead, it’s much more typical to find “newcomers” feeling weighted down by distrust and defensiveness, callousness and alienation (if not resentment and malevolence), and a substantial amount of self-centeredness. However, as the saying goes,…