In Recovery, What you Want to Stop is Not Really Important

If All that You Do is Stop Drinking, Using, Feeling Depressed or Anxious… You are Not Really in Recovery ___ Recovery is much more than what you want to stop doing, cut back, stay away or abstain from. Abstain from drug use Stay away from alcohol No longer feel sad all of the time Stop … More In Recovery, What you Want to Stop is Not Really Important

When Your Mind is a War-Zone, You Become the Casualty

3 Ways that mindfulness can support your recovery from addiction and mental illness ___ Mindfulness. What comes to mind when you read the word mindfulness? For me, mindfulness brings up images of being on a sunny beach, a few puffy clouds in the sky, drenched in sun and sitting on a sandy beach. Maybe that’s … More When Your Mind is a War-Zone, You Become the Casualty

Are You Unable or Unwilling? Knowing the Difference will Change Your Life

Sometimes we feel unable to do something, anything. We can’t breathe, we genuinely don’t know, we cannot take even one step, we are not ready to accept. And sometimes, saying we are unable can be a defense. Feeling temporarily unable protects us until we are physically and emotionally safe. But feeling that we are permanently … More Are You Unable or Unwilling? Knowing the Difference will Change Your Life

Hate or Hurt?

“I hate my parents.” I work with families and teenagers in recovery. I often hear these words or words like them, uttered with bitterness. Sometimes accompanied by tears and distant stares. The words may be directed towards parents or family, ex-lovers, friends… or even drugs. At first, the words are spoken, jabbed like verbal daggers. … More Hate or Hurt?

What Can You Do When All that You Have Left is Brokenness?

Sometimes miracles happen. Perfect days. Amazing experiences. Healing. But then you are left with a basket of broken fish. Broken fish? There is a story in the New Testament where Jesus performs a miracle to feed a large crowd. I don’t often write about the bible or specifically about Jesus. If you are not religious, … More What Can You Do When All that You Have Left is Brokenness?