The Counter Culture of Recovery

The Counter Culture of Recovery

“Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll” is a term that millions of us are familiar with whether you experienced it or not. Today, “Recovery” is a term more widely used than ever before and at the same time, what does it really mean? The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) currently defines it as “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self- directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” I like that. I define it as not using alcohol or other drugs to…continue reading →
THiS ReCoVeRY LiFE Turns ONE !

THiS ReCoVeRY LiFE Turns ONE !

A year ago, I set out to let you know that recovery is possible and that you are NOT alone. Even though more and more people speak out about their experiences with addiction and recovery, stigma continues rampant in our society. The same way that people feel it “normal” to drink a six pack at the Sunday BBQ, take the extra few pills for their pain, eat a pint of ice cream when they’re mad at their partner or rationalize acting out after someone else “did something” to them, it is up to…continue reading →
Getting Help: How to Take Hold of That “Hand uP”!

Getting Help: How to Take Hold of That “Hand uP”!

Just this week, I came across someone who has been recovering “on his own”. Recognizing that you have any issue at all is a monumental step. Stopping the detrimental use of alcohol, other substances and/or behaviors as a result is highly commendable! You might feel that someone like this has things “under control”, and you know, this individual is on the way! It is much easier to STAY STOPPED once you’re not using substances anymore than it is to STOP. Stopping Alcohol and other  substance use is the first step and just the…continue reading →