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)...
What to Do When You Keep Tripping.

What to Do When You Keep Tripping.

When I say “tripping” I mean it as a metaphor.  I was on a “path” of recovery for 8 years while attending 12-step meetings of NA – Narcotics Anonymous and AA – Alcoholic’s Anonymous, but I kept relapsing almost every year!  I...
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...
Overcome Addictions with Better Decisions

Overcome Addictions with Better Decisions

13th-Century scholar, Rumi, said, ” The desire to know your own soul will end all other desires.” I was alienated from my soul for a long time.  I spent more than 2 decades self-medicating my emotions.  I was convinced that I needed my addictions to manage...
How Can You Help Someone Break Free from Addiction?

How Can You Help Someone Break Free from Addiction?

Helping your loved one break free from an addiction can be a difficult process. It takes Patience, Practice, and Persistence.  The most difficult part of the process can often be: Learning to set healthy boundaries, and Maintaining those boundaries consistently. It...