How do we deal with those around us who don't seem to be supportive of the changes we are making in terms of our substance use? This can be challenging and this post offers some ideas about how navigate this situation.
This post discusses how easy it can be to fall into the trap of feeling like all our problems should be solved once we get sober when reality is that life still will have it's challenges.
This post discusses the idea of friendship in recovery and whether having only sober friends in recovery is truly helpful.
This post focuses on stress and the impact stress, and most importantly struggling to acknowledge stress, has on recovery.
Feelings..they can be incredibly hard to deal with. Not having the coping skills to manage feelings effectively can be a large contributor to engaging in addictive behaviors. This posts discusses feelings and the challenges they present.
Relapse is part of the process of recovery for many of us. In this post, I talk about the importance of identifying triggers before a relapse happens and having a solid relapse prevention plan.
What is a functional addict and how does a black and white view of addiction hurt rather then help us?
In this post, I discuss process addictions and strategies for avoiding struggling with using other things addictively if we have struggled with drugs and alcohol.
Summer can be a challenging time for sobriety, particularly from alcohol. This post discusses strategies for getting through the summer months staying sober.
There is often a honeymoon phase of sobriety which can be hard to hold onto. How do we keep our sobriety strong while still acknowledging when we are struggling?
Many people in recovery feel a strong desire to help others who are struggling with addiction. How can we do this in a way that allows us to be truly heard and not be brushed off as being preachy?
Free will is an important notion, but one that can be problematic when it comes to addiction. This post discusses.
Setting goals can be hard and certainly overwhelming in early sobriety. This post talks about strategies for setting goals successfully.
Making the decision to go to rehab is a difficult one. This post discusses some things to think about then making this choice.
Managing work and treatment is hard and can prevent people from getting the help they need. In this post, I give strategies for getting the help you need while trying to maintain a job.
Addiction is a family disease is a phrase we hear often in recovery circles, but what does it really mean? What role does family play in addiction?
Sugar cravings can be incredibly strong in early sobriety. How can we tackle this when recovery itself is already such a daunting challenge?
12 step programs can be incredibly helpful for those struggling with addiction, however are they really the end all be all of recovery?
The pressure to take on to more then we are ready for, especially in early sobriety can be intense. This post discusses why taking on too many responsibilities can be a trigger for relapse.
Can we have conversations with others struggling with sobriety as a person in recovery without coming off as preachy or bossy? I discuss how we can have these difficult conversations in an effective way.