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Celebrate with a New Brain

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Party Time! In an older blog post titled “What Do I Do At Parties,” written to support persons in early recovery navigate social settings in which there will be alcohol, I wrote the following paragraph:   “Finally, let’s be honest about the “how can I have fun without alcohol?” The answer to that is as varied and individual as there...[ read more ]

But, What Do I Do At Parties?

a champagne glass with confetti to show you can have fun without alcohol

But, What Do I Do At Parties? One of the first questions I get asked early and often in working with clients who are trying to change their relationship with alcohol is “But what about parties?” Here are some of the forms that question takes: What do I do when someone offers a drink? What do I say when someone...[ read more ]

“I’m Not That Bad, I’m Not Like Those Other People.”

serious man in an airplaine with a drink, thinking and symbolizing not forgiving

I Don't Belong Here Frequently when I get a new client that I hear a variation of “I’m not like that.” I treat a lot of high functioning persons who have substance use disorders, high functioning persons who misuse, overuse, abuse or are addicted to substances. Rarely do they identify as “addicts” or “alcoholics.” * If they have been in...[ read more ]

Why You Can’t Think Your Way Into Not Drinking

a man sitting in an airport, thinking, and reprenting that it takes more than thinking to recover from substance abuse

Why You Can’t Think Your Way Into Not Drinking I’ve observed a tendency in my clients that they believe because they have acheived so much, they "should" be able to address their substance use disorder themselves. My clients are mostly high functioning persons with an alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder, people who are over-using alcohol, drinking too much,...[ read more ]

A Happy and Sober Holiday Season 2020 Version

a gratitude word scramble to reinforce the idea of gratitude as a recovery skill in substance abuse recovery

A Happy and Sober Holiday Season 2020 Version Last year I wrote a series of posts that I called “Your Definitive Guide to a Happy Sober Holiday Season.” It accurately described many of the challenges persons in recovery can face during the holiday season. Click here for the blog post on an accurate assessment of recovery status. Click here for...[ read more ]

The Science of Woo: Contemplative Movement

an image of a person in a yoga pose to reinforce the idea that contemplative movement is beneficial to substance abuse recovery

The Science of Woo: Contemplative Movement This is the next in my series “The Science of Woo: How the practices of spiritual disciplines, positive psychology, and other “out there” ideas are backed by science.” You can read earlier posts in the series below: I covered forgiveness. Here you can read about the science of gratitude. And you can LMAO yourself...[ read more ]

The Science of Woo: Service and Volunteerism

a heart volunteer graphic with words that support service as a recovery from substance abuse tool

The Science of Woo: Service and Volunteerism The Greek philosopher Aristotle summarized that the essence of life is “To serve others and do good.” It’s Memorial Day in the United States, and I thought that would be a good day to publish the next in my series “The Science of Woo: Service and Volunteerism. You can find the beginning of...[ read more ]

The Science of Woo: Laughter

kermit the frog on a couch laughing to reinforce the idea that laughter is a powerful recovery tool in substance abuse recovery

The Science of Woo: Laughter Before I went to sleep last night, I laughed so hard tears were rolling down my cheeks. 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...[ read more ]

The Science of Woo: Gratitude

a simple decorated place setting with "thanks" on it to reinforce the idea of gratitude as a tool in substance abuse recovery

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...[ read more ]

The Science of Woo: Forgiveness

coffee mugs and an encouraging sign to reinforce the idea that you need to change the brain to recover from substance abuse

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 one 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...[ read more ]



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