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Will Your Life Become a Statistic?

According to the National Center for Health Statistics’ December 2017 report, unintentional injuries, the fourth leading cause of deaths in 2015, became the third leading cause in 2016, while chronic lower respiratory diseases became the fourth. In lieu of the opioid crisis, we may question what constitutes an unintentional death? The National Center for BiotechnologyRead More

Reality Checks

When we are new to sobriety we may be in a vulnerable place. We walk or collapse into the unknown. The unknown is full of questions, concerns, fears and hope. It is whatever we make it. When we stay in the present, however, we only have to think about the here and now. Be HereRead More

Am I Full of Self Pity?

What’s so bad about feeling sorry for yourself? Put more compassionately, what’s so bad about grieving? When we get sober, at some point we may recognize how much of our lives we have wasted away with alcohol or drugs. This realization encompasses a huge loss, so wondering if we are full of self pity isRead More

Changing Our Belief Systems in Recovery

Our belief systems form from a caldron of experiences we’ve had over a lifetime. They can be influenced by the values of our biological family, and the culture and environment in which we grew. Belief systems also are derived from the love and care we receive in childhood, or the lack thereof. Our race, ethnicity,Read More

How Does Helping Others Help Me?

There’s an often repeated verse from the Bible, It is more blessed to give than to receive. While this may be true, the opposite is also true, because you give someone else the opportunity to feel good. Feeling good is what recovery is all about, and of course there’s more to it! Helping others isRead More

Hiring People in Recovery

If you are searching for a new employee, why not consider hiring someone in recovery? Research shows, persons in recovery tend to be highly motivated and loyal employees because they need and want to stabilize their lives. Of course, he or she would have to meet the same requirements and qualifications as other applicants. InRead More

Being Single in Addiction Recovery Has Its Benefits

People can begin their recovery living alone, at college, with a spouse and kids at home, or any number of combinations. When you are single, there’s no one there to question whether you’ve had a drink today or not. Nor is anyone at home to encourage you to keep up the good work a dayRead More

What is the Flash Technique in EMDR Therapy?

The therapeutic technique of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed in 1987 by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. It has since become a empirically proven treatment for people suffering from trauma. Before practicing EMDR, therapists must learn the technique through rigorous coursework, training and supervision. The protocols for EMDR are very specific, and results andRead More

How Can I Open My Heart in Recovery?

When coming into a rehab or our first fellowship meeting, we may feel shut down, angry or defeated. It’s normal because our world has been turned upside down and inside out. It takes time to let go and admit that alcohol or an opioid controlled our lives. We may be plagued with concern over howRead More

What You’re Really Doing In Step Ten

Step 10 reads: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. All the 12 Steps in AA are suggestions to help us reshape our behaviors and attitudes about ourselves and others. Promptly admitting when we are wrong, is a kicker. Our ego doesn’t want us to be wrong, and toRead More

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