As the season shifts from summer to fall, so do our sensibilities. Summertime barbeques and Labor Day festivities segue into thoughts of cleaning up the diet with nutritious meals that are both fulfilling and healthy for us. Paying careful attention to the mind-body connection is even more important when managing chronic pain in recovery, and […]
Somehow, over the decades, the Fourth of July went from being a wholesome American pastime with hometown parades and barbeques to one of the top three drinking holidays of the year. Independence Day is a beloved U.S. holiday and needn’t necessarily be avoided in recovery. However, it is wise to initiate some proactive planning to […]
It doesn’t seem like the kind of sentence we would struggle to say to our loved ones, but as we approach a largely religious holiday in April, it’s a subject that might come up in discussion. For many, the family has endured an incredibly tumultuous ride while we struggled with and ultimately sought recovery from […]
Knowing how painful and challenging life was before recovery and the challenges that our loved ones face in recovery, the question is how do we best support our loved ones in their recovery?
Most people are familiar with the concept of codependency and there is even a 12-Step program built to assist people in working through these behaviors. On the flip side of this tendency to enable and fail to set boundaries is a lesser-known concept known as counter-dependency. Those that are codependent often feel a strong sense […]
In regards to our ability to practice what we learn in recovery, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says, “No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. We claim spiritual progress […]