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The Science of Woo: Laughter

Before I went to sleep last night, I laughed so hard tears came out of my eyes. When I woke up this morning, my sides hurt. The same thing happened yesterday. This is a special and delightful weekend for the Recovery Therapist. My daughter graduated from college yesterday. That is, of course, one of my proudest moments to date. The...[ read more ]

The Science of Woo: Gratitude

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson   It was 1991 and a pleasant enough day. I was not employed, but had been to a support group for...[ read more ]

The Science of Woo: Forgiveness

Today – Easter – is a perfect day to feature Forgiveness in my series on the topic of “The Science of Woo.” There are ideas that transcend religion and are found in all religions, and the idea of Forgiveness is one of those ideas. I am never surprised when those ideas are found by modern science to be beneficial. It seems I am not alone and understanding of the...[ read more ]

The Science of Woo: How the practices of spiritual disciplines, positive psychology, and other “out there” ideas are backed by science

I am introducing my series on “The Science of Woo: How the practices of spiritual disciplines, positive psychology, and other “out there” ideas are backed by science.” One of the struggles I have as a treatment provider to persons struggling to evaluate and address their substance use disorder is presenting the treatment components in a way that develops “buy in.”...[ read more ]

One Small Happiness: The Power to Change the Things You Can

It’s the end of Spring Break. I’ve spent the day refreshing my home. And reflecting – mostly reflecting that my Spring Break wasn’t as productive as I had planned. Many of you reading know that I have a job role as an Administrator/School Counselor at a small private school in Katy, Texas. As such, not having to be at the...[ read more ]

What is Normal Drinking?

Today is a culturally normative day of drinking; long before Day Drinking became codified into our social structure as a meme, it existed as a ritualized event or expectation. The culture of celebration and the (over) consumption of alcohol has a long history in the United States; Super Bowl, New Year’s Eve, Fourth of July, and St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve...[ read more ]

Who, Me? 3 Unlikely Alcoholics

“I can’t be an alcoholic, I’m a teacher.”  Sarah is a seasoned teacher, and the team leader of her group. She knew her entire life that she wanted to teach. She’s been teaching 20 years, and unlike many of her early career peers, she has not wanted to leave the profession. She feels competent at work, parents like her, and students tend...[ read more ]

Resentment and Forgiveness: Which Brain Are You Building?

“Your resentment trains you to see evidence of your rightness.” Briana and Dr. Peter Borten (The Dragontree)   The above quote was part of my meditation material this morning. In 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) identified resentment as a significant issue for persons with a substance use problem, and science has since produced significant research supporting the need for healthy habits...[ read more ]

Triggers – The Science Behind the Metaphor

Did you know: The Recovery Therapist is in long term recovery. For me that means that I have been clean and sober for 27 years. I want to share a scenario from 27 years ago. I had long since left the pattern of drinking in bars. I gave up recreational drugs and the over use of prescription drugs– yours,mine, whatever –  at...[ read more ]

Winning the Tug-Of-War Against Addiction

Motivating Recovery in a High Functioning Alcoholic or Addict As a professional who specializes in treating high functioning alcoholics and addicts, I spend a lot of time assessing what motivates people to seek treatment, and what motivates people to stay engaged with habits and activities that support the biomedical changes necessary for contented sobriety. I find that I often come...[ read more ]



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