About Tina

In November of 2005, I entered into my recovering life, and have never looked back.

I Recovery as a way of life and business.

In November of 2005, I entered into my recovering life, and have never looked back.   It was the hardest thing I ever did.  It was the greatest thing I ever did.  It is a journey….sometimes painful, sometimes rewarding, sometimes learning, sometimes growing, but always, AWARE.    That’s the gift of recovery-being present for life.  I am no longer numb-now I can feel the sting of life, but now I can also feel the enormous beauty and the joy of life.  

I am married to my best friend; a  tolerant and patient man whom I adore; and we share our  lives with a couple of furry  doggos  that we love to the moon and back.  When I got sober, I went back to school to become a Substance Abuse counselor, and I worked in the industry for about 10 years.   And it is an industry-one of the biggest in the United States.  

Finding help is courageous

I support treatment; I was a hopeless alcoholic, I absolutely needed detox and I was given the gift of a 30-day residential program.  It was crazy expensive, and even now, insurance may or may not be available, and there are many predatory places out there that will just take your money or misrepresent what they can or cannot do. The system has broken down, and just finding help and supports is like navigating the seas without any maps.

There are good treatment facilities out there; finding the right one for your individual need is the difficult part. After my detox and residential stay, I was encouraged to engage with intensive outpatient treatment.  I was terrified of relapsing, so I did, but found many to be woefully overrated. There is often a cookie-cutter approach to treatment; groups are over-sized and understaffed, and lacking in personal and individual care. I found my greatest help in the rooms of community supports.

Recovery from substance abuse or alcoholism is as individual as you are.

Recovery from substance abuse or alcoholism is as individual as you are. What works for some may not work for others.  Some people thrive in a controlled environment, some can’t breathe in one.  Me, I used just about every bit of everything in this website, but that’s me.

My purpose for this site is to share with you my unconventional journey, to provide a space where you can ask questions, find some tools for your own recovery, and begin your own journey. It is about connecting you with information, resources, and definitions of what those are and what to expect.

I encourage you to seek the help and support of a medical professional who is certified

Before you begin your recovery, I encourage you to seek the help and support of a medical professional who is certified by ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) to evaluate you medically. They may or may not recommend a medical detox and/or a residential treatment program. Please know though, that detox in itself is not the treatment-the definition of detox is:

“Detoxification is a set of interventions aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal. Supervised detoxification may prevent potentially life-threatening complications that might appear if the patient were left untreated. At the same time, detoxification is a form of palliative care (reducing the intensity of the disorder) for those who want to become abstinent.”

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You’re On the Right Path…

Welcome to your recovery, welcome to your journey.

There are some good programs out there, and if you believe that would work best for you, then research them well. Read the google reviews-if they are less than 4 stars, keep looking. Ask at 12-step or other community meetings, there are some amazing counselors available, but the best support, help, advice, and friends you need you will find right there, in those rooms.

Welcome to your recovery, welcome to your journey. I hope you will find resources, supports, and help on these pages. I hope you will find encouragement and Grace. I hope you will embrace your recovery and learn to laugh and dance again. I hope you dare to dream and dare to begin living that dream.

Please reach out to me below- I am here to help- this isn’t a treatment placement site- I’m not selling anything!  Just trying to give back what was given to me.  I care!

I know you can if you want to. I know this, I believe this, and I am witness to others who didn’t believe they could and can.

Inspiring and Favorite Books I Recommend

A list of books that were inspiring on my recovery journey

Inspiring and Favorite Places

Traveling (and loving it!) Sober