“It works if you work it,” isn’t just a catchy phrase to help you get through the steps, it’s really a life strategy. Especially in the beginning…… Read more “Recovery Works”
Recovering from addiction is not a cookie-cutter scenario. What I mean by that is, it isn’t exactly the same for any two people. In this way, naturopathic…… Read more “Naturopathic Doctors”
Have you heard this somewhat old analogy, of a ball being in a box and how it’s similar to grief? What if I said something that revolutionized…… Read more “The Ball in the Box Flaw”
Even though we do our best, and try our best, sometimes we simply just can’t help but compare ourselves to others. I’m here to tell you…… Read more “You Can’t Compare”
Yes, I know I’ve said it before, but I’m here to tell you again unless you are meditating daily, you aren’t meditation enough! There are multiple ways…… Read more “Daily Meditation”
In case you haven’t heard there is some hot debate in the recovery community right now involving two seemingly small contractions; can’t and don’t. To anyone on…… Read more “Sobriety Can Do’s”
Dreams have fascinated people for years, to the extent that ancient Greeks and Romans considered dream interpretation to be an art form. If that’s the case, what,…… Read more “(Relapse) Dream On!”
Google the Sackler name, and heading the results is an article by Forbes touting the Sackler’s as being the 19th wealthiest families in the United States, though…… Read more “The Sackler Family: A Blood Money Legacy”
650 days sober! I suppose I should start by saying, whether it’s your first day, or thousandth (yes, you know who you are), it’s not a moment…… Read more “Not A Moment Too Soon”
For Christmas, I received a timely bracelet (from my mother, oddly enough) that says, ‘Find the Good,’ and since the day I have put it on I…… Read more “Have A Good Day”
While I am a huge Peanuts fan, I’m not referring to Charlie Brown when I spout, ‘Good Grief!’ Otherwise known as ‘healthy coping’. For those of us…… Read more “Good Grief”
In the UK, 20 people daily die as a result of their own drinking, and the total amount of lives affected is innumerable. As a result, Dry January has become a widely accepted ‘challenge’ -for lack of a better term. Although, the public campaign isn’t entirely about abstaining from alcohol
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” -a quote by Dr. Maya Angelou Most people live this way,…… Read more “Keep Doing Better!”
It’s a pretty widely accepted fact that the human body is usually 75-55% water, depending on the person’s stage of life and gender. It’s also pretty widely…… Read more “Time To Talk Astrology”
Well, as I mentioned in my last blog, if you really need to find a ‘new crowd’ or a new tradition to maintain your sobriety this NYE,…… Read more “NYE: The Sober Traditions”
Well, 2019 is knocking at the door, and before you finish blinking we will be ringing in the New Year! As we leave 2018 in the dust,…… Read more “New Year, Who Dis?”
Yes, yes I know New Year’s Eve is the champagne holiday of the year, but I promise you, it doesn’t have to be as scary as you…… Read more “No Bubbly – No Problem”
If you have spent any amount of time in recovery from any addiction, you’ve gotten your fill of cliche recovery quotes and generic inspirational sayings. There is…… Read more “Recovery Quotes You’ve Never Heard”
It happens periodically, where I find myself face-to-face with alcohol; either in restaurants, parties or other random social settings. It seems to be rather unavoidable in this…… Read more “Faced With Alcohol”
What many people don’t realize is that relapse doesn’t always sneak up on you in the shadows and pounce on the unsuspecting. In fact, behavior studies show…… Read more “Recognizing Relapse Before It Happens”
There are a lot of traditions that don’t involve alcohol that you can partake in while in recovery. Let’s face it, a lot of us are adults…… Read more “Happy Holidays: Building Sober Traditions To Last A Lifetime”
click song titles for downloads, and band names for more background info on the lyrics =} Chances are you’ve heard, Rehab by Amy Winehouse, Breaking The Habit…… Read more “7 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written About Addiction”
It was fun while it lasted FoMO, but like all things, it’s time to close this chapter and move forward. When the phrase FoMO, short for Fear…… Read more “5 Reasons To Break-Up With ‘FoMO’”
There are a lot of people who will never understand addiction simply because they refuse to believe it can happen to them, so I get that a lot of my blog topics might fall on deaf ears for those who have never been involved.
Not everyone can wrap their mind around addiction, because they’ve never dealt with it. So let’s talk about something we’ve all dealt with – the $$
My journey could have ended April 2017, and my friends and peers would still have gone on to live their lives. So, I feel an enormous sense of gratitude that I get to be here to witness…
Ibogaine Ever heard of it? Don’t feel bad if you say no, I hadn’t either until a few weeks ago. As it turns out, Ibogaine is a…… Read more “The Addiction Cure…?”
When looking at the statistics of recovery and relapse, the numbers can really play a big part of your state of mind during recovery. I remember when…… Read more “Relapse Redefined”
7,000 teenage kids at and around the age of 16 are taking their very first drink today. 7,000 teens yesterday. 7,000 teens today. 7,000 teens tomorrow. And…… Read more “One Day Can Change Your Life”
Recovery from addiction is not entirely about building a life free from chemical dependency, but it also deals a great lot in building new healthy habits. The…… Read more “Healthy Habit Building”
Well, #soberoctober has come to a close, and hopefully, you all made it through relatively unscathed. For me, it was a month of both struggles and rewards;…… Read more “My 18 Months Sober and The Biggest Gift It Came With”
When you go through recovery, a lot of people think of the typical AA meetings, having sponsors, and the 12 steps; but that is far from the…… Read more “My Recovery Without AA”
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my recent post about a thing I referred to as “Social Debt”. Social debt is the term (I have…… Read more “The Social Debt Game”
Perhaps you missed it because quite frankly, I did, but Seattle based rapper Mackelmore most certainly did not as he headlined for the first ever Recovery Fest,…… Read more “2018 Recovery Fest”
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night stressed, or possibly even upset about things you might not have control over? In these wee…… Read more “Are You Resting or Resetting?”
Well, this round with celebrity addiction was especially jarring for Mac Miller fans and rap listeners around the globe; bringing to light the very real probability that,…… Read more “Celebrity Addiction: When The Music Stops…”
It’s very hard sometimes, to monitor our own progress because we acclimate to the change as it comes. Much like if you were to walk to the…… Read more “Practice Makes Progress”
Life is nothing if not a constant learning process and to that end, some things get forgotten and fall by the wayside. So this post is going…… Read more “Relearn And Refresh; Repeat As Needed”
No, I’m not making things up this is an actual award, given by bloggers entirely over the internet to another blogger. The word Liebster itself gives much…… Read more “Liebster Award 2018”
Recently, I’ve been asked a lot about finding yourself in early recovery. Who am I without this addiction? What do I enjoy? How do I honestly feel?…… Read more “Creating Yourself”
One thing I wish someone would have taught me at a young age is that no one has the right to make you feel scared, hurt,…… Read more “Your Peace of Mind is Non-negotiable”
Thrill seekers and adrenaline-junkies may be onto something when it comes to chasing and tackling your fears. Obviously, I’m not going to advocate that you become a…… Read more “Chase Your Fears, Don’t Let Them Chase You”
I know that I have touched on positive affirmations and how to form them in one of my earlier blogs, Recalibrate Your Compass but I feel like…… Read more “Believing Becomes Achieving”
“Actually, I hated drinking; I loved the escape.” When this statement fell out of my mouth this weekend, I was just as shocked at its bluntness as…… Read more “Addicted To The Escape”
Much like every other instance in life, we watch the celebrities face personal trials and triumphs and we collectively mourn or celebrate according. When these people are at the top of their game we are all on the sidelines rooting for them, and even more stunning, when they are down-and-out we collectively feel a loss.
They open up a very personal part of their lives to us, and in return, we loyally show unwavering support and embrace them.
Demi Lovato is one of these people.
Well, here we are approaching another summer holiday and for some of you, I know it’s officially crunch time. Summer parties send up triggers and temptation like…… Read more “Refreshments, Anyone?”
A sliver of light broke over the horizon as I poured myself into bed this morning; happy, clear-headed and completely sober. I did it! I officially…… Read more “Reflections Of The Past While Moving Forward”
Your recovery is directly dependant on your honesty and to some degree your ability to be vulnerable while still communicating effectively. This, for many people and for…… Read more “We Tried Brutal, Now Let’s Try Compassionate Honesty”
In recovery a lot of people will ask, ‘what was your key’ or ‘how did you stay sober’ and I never really have an answer. Well, that’s…… Read more “Find Your ‘Fix’ In Nature”
Essential Oils: Are They Essential To Your Recovery? Whether you have dabbled in them or are well-versed, I bet you haven’t considered the fundamental role essential oils can have in your recovery process.
Regardless of what my next post was intended to be, in light of the recent news events I think it’s only right we have the conversation no…… Read more “WE STAND UP FOR LIFE”
When you really start to map out all that you manage and deal with on a daily basis, it’s actually kind of crazy.
So when we start to feel run down, worn thin, and generally stretched to the max, why do WE feel like failures? Why do we so closely relate our self-worth in our ability to work ourselves to the bone with our job(s), parenthood, night school or whatever else you are trying to juggle?
This gets amplified for addicts who are:
still using, because they feel like they will never be able to overcome the pressure
in recovery who already feel a step behind the rest of the game because they are back at square one.
When did our self worth depend on our ability to drown ourselves in responsibility until we are just treading water?
Well, readers, it’s Memorial Day weekend, so now is just as good as any to address the elephant in your recovery room; celebrations. Also how i overcame my FOMO – “…we talked about a lot on these drives…this day, in particular, might have saved my life…”, and how to take your power back! -catch ya on the #soberside
Growing up 20 miles south of the Grand Canyon was different, to say the least, but it taught me a lot about being grateful. Take for instance…… Read more “Who Says The Grass Is Always Greener…?”
Recently I was asked a seriously thought-provoking question by a very close friend of mine. I’ve debated on the answer internally and tossed it around as a…… Read more “Don’t Wait For Rock Bottom”
Well, it’s snowing here in Arizona! That might be something you never thought you would read but surprisingly the northern part of the state, where I live, gets its fair share of snow. In fact, today the main highway in and out of the Grand Canyon National Park is closed! Clearly, I’m not going anywhere outside today, which really got me thinking…even on the days when you can’t shake the gloomy weather, you can do things that change your mood from the inside out. Here’s how!