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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 ]

COVID 19, A New Normal and Being Tired

COVID 19, A New Normal and Being Tired “I’m so tired. Is that normal?”   If you’ve ever been in therapy with me, you probably know I avoid the term “normal” in my clinical practice. I don’t find it helpful as most of the topics people ask the “normal” question about are highly contextual and in a range. Examples include...[ read more ]

7 Reasons You Should Start a Gratitude Practice Today

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

7 Reasons You Should Start a Gratitude Practice Today November is known in the Recovery Community as “Gratitude Month.” Go to a 12-Step Meeting in the month of November, and the selected topic is even more likely to be “gratitude.” (In case you are not aware, gratitude is a common meeting topic the other 11 months, too.) Meeting attendees are...[ 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 ]

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

a picture of a seasonally decorated part of my house to support celebrating small joys

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...[ read more ]

What is Normal Drinking?

What IS Normal Drinking? Holidays 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,...[ 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 ]



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