Is Your Family Member Ready for Recovery?

Is Your Family Member Ready for Recovery?

Is Your Family Member Ready for Recovery?

Being ready to make a change is key when it comes to addiction recovery. For family members and friends, understanding the five stages of change when it comes to recovery readiness can help you provide the type of support that is helpful for the stage he or she is in.

Different Recovery Groups Meet Different Needs

Different Recovery Groups Meet Different Needs

Just as different restaurants cater to different dining needs (i.e. casual, formal, takeout), different recovery groups meet different needs. I recently had someone tell me about the “different types” of AA meetings that he attends. Now this individual didn’t describe…

Addiction: A Disease, Not a Moral Weakness

Addiction: A Disease, Not a Moral Weakness

I find this topic extremely exasperating; having to convince a colleague or a patient’s family member that addiction is a disease and not a moral weakness or strictly the result of poor choices. However, before we embark down this road,…

Tips for Talking to Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

Tips for Talking to Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
It's never too soon to begin talking to kids about drugs and alcohol. Children are being exposed to tobacco, alcohol and other drugs at increasingly younger ages. In 2017, the Monitoring the Future Survey reported that: 10% of 8th graders...

Understanding the Process of Addiction

Understanding the Process of Addiction

The process of addiction is a little like dandelions spreading in your lawn. Every time you use drugs, it’s like a new dandelion pops up in your yard. Even one could be enough to take over your whole lawn unless…

Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
As the ball in Times Square counts down the seconds to the New Year, many of us will resolve to do things differently…lose weight, stop drinking caffeine, exercise more, spend less money, spend more time with family, or start a...

Can You (Or Your Loved One) Stay Sober Over the Holidays?

Can You (Or Your Loved One) Stay Sober Over the Holidays?
The simple answer is yes. But staying sober over the holidays isn’t always easy. The holidays are a stressful, emotional time for many people. People who are new to recovery and have made the decision to stop using substances have...

Addiction Affects the Whole Family: Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Addiction Affects the Whole Family: Tips for Surviving the Holidays

The holidays can be loaded with expectations. Connecting with family, feeling the true spirit of this time, giving the perfect gift, making the perfect meal and creating the perfect family memories can be daunting for even the most organized and…

Memory Books: Growing Up Through Recovery

Memory Books: Growing Up Through Recovery

As I work with clients in the Retreat Center, I often think about the wasteland they’ve had to cross … littered with drugs, broken relationships, pain, blame, abuse, excuses, broken promises, lost opportunities and lost lives. It’s a glimpse into…

Understanding Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Can Aid Recovery

Understanding Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Can Aid Recovery
More than 21.5 million Americans age 12 and older had substance use disorder in past year. (SAMHSA, 2014) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a broad term that covers what used to be called substance abuse and substance dependence. It encompasses...