I ate my Valentine’s chocolates in one shot. All 8 of them. All that is left is a bunch of crumbled tinfoil. Usually I am glad that it’s over. But Valentine’s has disturbed me this year. It’s made me realize that our planet seems to be leaking more than energy or oil. We are on … More As a Planet, Are We Losing Our Love?
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
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’?”
7 Dumb-ass reasons why Valentines Day makes me say “Thank You” ___ “Well, here comes another Valentine’s Day, the most perplexing..I don’t know what it is exactly. Is it a national holiday? Nope. It’s a “put pressure on your relationship” day.” Joe Doe I am not a romantic person and I am not a fan of … More How to Rescue Valentines Day from Perfectionism and Guilt?
For article, “6 Activities That Are Like Vitamins for Your Mind,” click on photo.
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?
Their pain is their own. We do not need to own our parents’ or other’s pain. “We internalized so much blame for the chaotic emotions and actions of our parents that it becomes second nature for us to take responsibility for other people’s pain and suffering.” Empathy is a strength when it is balanced by … More 7 Things We Learn Growing Up With An Alcoholic Parent
What if you could take vitamins for your mind? A 2008 UK study found was that only 14% of the UK population reported that they were feeling happy and thriving in life. Science has identified at least six activities that are like vitamins, building your mind, your well being, your happiness: 1.Relationships and connecting with … More 6 Activities That are Like Vitamins for Your Mind
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