When we think about addiction and recovery, it is vital to prepare for relapse prevention by minimizing daily stressors and following a solid plan to avoid relapse. Relapse prevention planning also typically includes strategies for avoiding triggers for relapse, including people whom you used to use substances with, places where you used to obtain or use […]
For many years, 12 step meetings were one of the only additional resources for individual struggling with surviving early recovery from substances outside of individual counseling. Recently, similar programs have formed… 7 step programs, 9 step programs, SMART recovery & Celebrate Recovery, etc. Though AA & NA & similar fellowship programs have proven to be very helpful for some people in […]
Many of us have a stereotype of what an addict or alcoholic is. Some people assume that drug and alcohol addiction is a problem that only certain kinds of people face; this could not be further from the truth. There are many misconceptions about drug and alcohol addiction that can affect not only the addict […]
While there are several factors that contribute to a healthy relationship, communication is key to maintaining and strengthening a relationship. Sometimes, we can face turbulence in our relationships when we struggle with stress, mental health disorders, or addiction. Without effective communication, all relationships, whether adults or adolescents, are at risk for conflicts. Maintaining our relationships with our significant others, […]
Do you ever feel like no matter how much ‘love’ you provide to your partner that nothing is ever enough? Do you ‘know’ your partner loves you but you don’t ‘feel’ it all the time? Perhaps you and your partner’s love languages are out of sync. Love Languages? What is that? Isn’t just saying I love you enough? It’s […]
When many people think of Recovering from Addiction, they envision attending a 28-day rehabilitation facility, daily Alcoholic/Narcotic Anonymous meetings, and never being able to drink or use again. Unfortunately, this stigma often scares people off from admitting they are struggling with addiction and getting the help they need. Have you ever thought to yourself “I […]
Have you ever heard the saying “Eating our feelings”? Well.. with the holidays around the corner, over-eating is on the rise! That said, it’s important to learn how to curb our appetites, proverbially, or not.
So, How do we learn to control ourselves during this time where overindulging is encouraged, condoned, and expected?
The first step is […]
Who here struggles with accountability, responsibility, or any form of stress? I would imagine that there would be a lot of you. Luckily, The Wellness Plan is a great way to keep track of your goals and to move you forward even if you don’t know where to begin. Especially with the holidays upon us, […]
In the year 1935, Bill Wilson (Bill W) and Dr. Robert Smith (Dr. Bob) founded the most famous program for Alcoholics that we know today as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). Over the last century, Many other 12 step programs have been created from the AA roots including; NA (Narcotics Anonymous), OA (Overeaters Anonymous), GA (Gamblers Anonymous), ACOA (Adult Children of […]
Raise your hand if you’ve heard the mantra, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference”. This saying is It serves to remind people how powerless they are over the feelings, thoughts, and choices of others. If you’ve struggled […]