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Instead of waiting for something to motivate you to change or giving up on change, it is important to look at what makes change so difficult.
Do you ever find yourself asking, “Why do I keep doing this?” We all have activities that we do just for fun, and we sometimes invest a lot of time, energy and money into these hobbies. While it’s healthy and refreshing to pursue activities…
Just as different restaurants cater to different dining needs (i.e. casual, formal, takeout), different recovery groups meet different needs. I once had someone tell me about the “different types” of AA meetings that he attends. Now this…
People in recovery from substance use disorders often get various degrees of support from their family—some helpful and some not. Although families want to provide healthy support, often they do not because of misinformation and misperceptions…
How many times have most of us vowed “I’m done , and I’m never doing it again,” only to find yourself doing it again? Frustrating, isn’t it? Yet this is the experience most of us have when attempting to replace addictive,…
Maintaining your sobriety and having fun at events that are traditionally associated with drinking such as a holiday party is possible, but it does require planning. The more safeguards you put in place, the more time you will have to distract…
Football season is in full swing! Whether you are rooting for your all-time favorites or the underdog, tailgating can include triggers for those who are maintaining sobriety. Successfully navigating through events traditionally associated with…
More than 46 million Americans are estimated to struggle with addiction to a drug or alcohol in 2021. Yet less than10 percent seek treatment for their addiction according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. How can we help more people get…
It’s normal for teens to engage in their own private conversations using language designed to keep parents out of their world. Wise parents walk the line of allowing this while keeping a pulse on what is going on in these conversations. Jean…
Imagine that for years you have been living a double life because of your substance use addiction. In that double life, you have been dishonest with the people closest to you, have fallen short of your own ideals for yourself. You have unmeasurable…

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