Having hope can empower you, but there are times when hope can be toxic. To learn more about toxic and empowering hope, click on photo Photo by Matt Anderson Advertisements
It’s there, right beneath the surface. For me. For you. Stress. It’s not just in your head. It’s in your body, in your soul, in your relationships, in your work, and it is in your recovery… “Modern life exposes us to mild-to-moderate, but chronic, stress constantly — multitasking, juggling too many things, moving too quickly, … More Stress and Your Recovery
“If you want to call it a disease, the kind of disease it is is a learning disease.” Maia Szalavitz For article, “What if Addiction is Not a Disease and Your Brain is Not ‘Broken’?”
All across our country, families, partners, sons and daughters and friends are heartbroken. People who use substances or alcohol at times can be distant, self-destructive and may create chaos that can be nearly impossible to resist. At times the substance use can fuel destructive conflict and even violence. Empowering hope accepts our genuine effort and … More When is it Toxic to Hold Out Hope for Change?
Whoever said “Talk is cheap” must not have had a therapist. Therapy works, but it isn’t cheap. If talk is cheap, does that mean that silence is expensive? In my practice as an Addiction Therapist, I often tell clients that I get paid per question. Therapy isn’t really talk therapy, it’s more about the questions … More The Many Silences of Recovery
Depression is like a drug dealer offering me crack in the form of emotional darkness. For article “What I Learned About Depression from Johann Hari”, click on photo.
“Does it Matter How We Talk About People with Substance Use Disorder?” ___ Most of you have never met me. I am about to write something that may change how you see me, what you think about me. I am going against the advice of people I respect – my wife and my Psychiatrist. (In … More Please Don’t Hate Me Because I have a Mental Illness