California….Sober?

California….Sober?

There’s a trend floating around now called California Sober; most commonly, California Sober means abstaining from all substances except marijuana, though the definition sometimes includes psychedelics like LSD, ayahuasca and psilocybin. Still others, like Demi...
Change How We Think, Change How We Act

Change How We Think, Change How We Act

Impulse or Choice? Alcohol and drug use disorders change our brain stability.  ASAM describes: “Addiction and alcoholism impacts brain chemistry and circuitry and results in compulsive drug-seeking and drug-using behaviors that interfere with daily functioning. A high...
Community Support Groups for Alcohol and Drug Recovery

Community Support Groups for Alcohol and Drug Recovery

Affordable Treatment? There is a growing trend across the nation to make addiction treatment available to everyone-and that is a great thing.  But what is not being talked about is middle America and the shrinking availability to us.  There are millions of us who work...
Prioritizing You

Prioritizing You

Putting Yourself First One of the hardest aspects in a recovering life is practicing self care and putting yourself first.  For many of us, we have tremendous guilt for our use and past behaviors; we have been told, and often feel, how selfish we became in our active...
Finding Faith

Finding Faith

“Faith”, wrote C.S. Lewis, “…is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.” Faith is a gift, a belief, a conviction, of things hoped for.  You can’t see it, touch it or smell it.  You can’t buy it or sell it.  You...
Grace

Grace

“Grace means that all of your mistakes now serve a purpose instead is serving shame”. C. S. Lewis The hardest part of my recovery from addiction was the memories of my acts, haunting me with guilt and shame.  Sometimes those memories were clear and sharp, cutting into...