When is it Toxic to Hold Out Hope for Change?

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?

The 3 Most Important Things You Can Do When You Feel Like You Are Going to Lose Your Mind

In the past few days, we have been talking about recovery and how to respond to difficult life experiences. This article is a little like a first aid kit for when you feel like you are ready to lose your mind because you are facing painful thoughts or emotions, difficult memories or trying situations. Can … More The 3 Most Important Things You Can Do When You Feel Like You Are Going to Lose Your Mind

5 Ways that You Will Grow From Your Most Difficult Experiences

Your most difficult experiences can be your greatest teachers. According to research, there are at least five ways that you will grow after trauma, challenging experiences with shame, depression or anxiety, or from addiction recovery. Appreciation and gratitude for your life, your work, your relationships and your experiences. Relationships with others, a deeper sense of … More 5 Ways that You Will Grow From Your Most Difficult Experiences

4 Habits that will Make Your Every Day Experience More Valuable than College

Growth and learning from your most challenging experiences can help you to excel ___ This article is part of my series on growth after trauma or other difficult experiences. For other related articles, see the links at the bottom of this article. • • • If you have faced trauma or other difficult experiences, more … More 4 Habits that will Make Your Every Day Experience More Valuable than College