Inaccurate | Misleading | Incomplete Information About Drinking Alcohol is Inexcusable

Inaccurate | Misleading | Incomplete Information About Drinking Alcohol is Inexcusable

One of my biggest frustrations is the continued inaccurate, misleading, incomplete information about drinking alcohol that repeatedly appears in the news, medical practices, treatment program descriptions, and our social and cultural environments (school, workplace, community, legal and law enforcement, religious practices, family, political arena and the like). Take this April 6, 2017, article appearing on USA Today’s Network, How aContinue Reading

How Do You Know if Someone’s Drinking is a Problem

How Do You Know if Someone’s Drinking is a Problem

How do you know if someone’s drinking is a problem? Short answer: “If you are talking or concerned about it.” What do I mean? The only reason a person would be worried about another person’s drinking is because that other person’s behaviors change when they drink. Their behavioral changes are called drinking behaviors. Drinking behaviors occurContinue Reading

Tough Love – Harmful or Helpful?

Tough Love – Harmful or Helpful?

Tough love – does it hurt or help a person with an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, aka substance use disorder (SUD), get the help they need? I regularly get some form of this question – generally because there’s so much confusion about what it means. Unfortunately, there is no single definition of toughContinue Reading

Using Brain Science to Change Your Mind

Using Brain Science to Change Your Mind

Brain science is a powerful tool one can use to change their thoughts, feelings or behaviors – seriously! For followers of my blog, you know my enthusiasm for one of the most profound discoveries I’ve learned which is how the brain wires, develops and maps. And it is this understanding that has helped me andContinue Reading

The Craving Brain – Q & A with Author Dr Anderson Spickard

The Craving Brain – Q & A with Author Dr Anderson Spickard

I was invited to read and review The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery recently. Unfortunately I am unable to do so at this time, but I was so intrigued by the title and book summary that I wanted to share a Q & A with one of the books co-authors, Dr. Anderson Spickard, Jr.Continue Reading

Relationship Killers: Anger | Resentment

Relationship Killers: Anger | Resentment

Anger | resentment – both can be relationship killers explains today’s guest author,  Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT.  Darlene is the author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You, and her latest eBook is titled, Dealing with a Narcissist, 8 Steps to Raise Self-Esteem and Set Boundaries with Difficult People. She canContinue Reading

Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week | February 2017

Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week | February 2017

One in four children live in families with a parent addicted to alcohol, according to the National Association of Children of Alcoholics. Unless you have been a child in a home with untreated, unhealthily discussed alcohol misuse, it’s difficult to image what it’s like to be a child in such a home. Devastating. Scary. Shame-filled.Continue Reading

Relatable Stories of Addicts | Howard Goodman, MA LMFT

Relatable Stories of Addicts | Howard Goodman, MA LMFT

Often it is the stories of those who have struggled with a substance use disorder (aka addiction) that help a person either seek or sustain long term recovery. Today’s guest author, Howard P. Goodman, MA LMFT, shares relatable stories of those who struggle with these disorders. Goodman is a licensed psychotherapist and addiction specialist whoContinue Reading