Finding a 12 Step Meeting Made Easy – Michael Long

Finding a 12 Step Meeting Made Easy – Michael Long

Finding a 12 step meeting near you – let alone answers to all the other questions one may have: What is the next meeting closest to my current location? Where exactly is the address of this meeting on a map (addresses usually require additional research on a map)? How do I get to this meeting using the easiestContinue Reading

Treating Addiction Like Other Chronic Diseases – We Don’t Make People Wait to Treat their Heart Disease

Treating Addiction Like Other Chronic Diseases – We Don’t Make People Wait to Treat their Heart Disease

Requiring a person with heart disease to wait for treatment is impossible to imagine. It just wouldn’t happen. And, yet, people with a different chronic disease – the brain disease of addiction (aka substance use disorder) – experience this situation ALL THE TIME. Not only that, trying to figure out where to go or take a loved oneContinue Reading

Facing Addiction – Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction – a Treatable Brain Disease

Facing Addiction – Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction – a Treatable Brain Disease

I’m still in awe of what happened November 17, 2016, at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles – a National Summit: Facing Addiction in America. It was at this summit that U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, unveiled his office’s long-awaited, groundbreaking report addressing the country’s leading public health crisis. And why is this such a groundbreakingContinue Reading

The Mindfulness Practice of Just Looking

The Mindfulness Practice of Just Looking

Having a mindfulness practice can be an integral part of recovery – whether that’s recovery from a substance use disorder or from secondhand drinking | secondhand drugging. But it can seem a daunting task – clear your mind and focus on the present – HOW?! Especially when your mind is bouncing from thought to thoughtContinue Reading

Todd McCollough Shares His Story of Recovery

Todd McCollough Shares His Story of Recovery

So many people can be helped when a person shares their story of recovery because there continues to be a great deal of confusion, stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding addiction and addiction treatment and recovery. Yet those who have the chronic, often relapsing brain disease of addiction and are in recovery live healthy, productive, engagedContinue Reading

CoOccurring Disorders | Anger | Addiction | Recovery Connection

CoOccurring Disorders | Anger | Addiction | Recovery Connection

CoOccurring Disorders and the anger, addiction, and recovery connection is important to understand when assessing how best to help someone treat their addiction and succeed in long-term recovery. Today’s guest author, Joe Koelzer, delves into the complexities of this connection in his article shared below. Joe holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology from theContinue Reading

Alcohol Use on Television

Alcohol Use on Television

Alcohol use on television can have quite an impact on viewers according to today’s guest author, Candice Rasa, LCSW. Candice is the clinical director of Beach House Center for Recovery, a drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation center in Juno Beach, Florida. With more than 10 years of experience in the mental health and substance arena, Candice supportsContinue Reading

Worried About a Young Person’s Alcohol | Drug Use

Worried About a Young Person’s Alcohol | Drug Use

Underage or college age drinking | drug use – when should you be worried? I often get questions about this from parents, school counselors, teachers, therapists, and even the young person’s friends, who are trying to determine whether there “really is a problem” or “it’s just a phase.” This is such a common concern that I’ve createdContinue Reading