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 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…

man using telehealth services for addiction treatment during coronavirus pandemic

The Vital Role of Staying “Connected” for Addicted Doctors, Nurses and Medical Professionals in Treatment During the Coronavirus Pandemic

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface, but connected in the deep.” – William James   Although our entire world is facing the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in addiction treatment are facing a particularly trying time. While people everywhere are marshaling their efforts to…

woman talking to others for group support

Rehab/Recovery 101: The Power of the Group to Help Us Address Emotions – “Alone, I Can’t… Together We Can!”

“There’s strength in numbers.” – English idiom When a person comes into addiction treatment or recovery—whether you’re in a substance abuse treatment program, a professionals health program, a 12 Steps fellowship, whatever—once the alcohol and/or drugs have been stopped (through “one day at a time” abstinence), emotions and feelings may arise that we’ve never before…