How to Silence Your Inner Critic

How to Silence Your Inner Critic

If you prefer to listen rather than read, I’ve created an audio version of this post:   I love the Shakespeare quote that says, “All the world is a stage, and men and women merely players.”  That’s how I felt for a long time.  I felt like...
Pick a Good Hammer!

Pick a Good Hammer!

There wasn’t a lot to choose from in 2018, when I went looking for an evidence-based program to help me recover from alcohol & drug addictions. Thankfully, I found an organization founded by doctors and grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT)...
Better Words for Better Mental Health

Better Words for Better Mental Health

The tongue has no bones but it’s strong enough to hurt, so it’s important to be careful with our words. I now dedicate my life to being a word-watcher. The word ‘addiction’ is attached to the historical definition of an affliction that is...
How to Manage Emotions to Overcome Addictions

How to Manage Emotions to Overcome Addictions

My physical sobriety was just the first step. My emotional sobriety is an ongoing process that starts the moment I wake up every day. I never learned how to manage my emotions when I was growing up.  When I was 11, I realized a couple of shots of vodka gave me a...