Invite Your Inner Dialogue for Better Mental Health

Invite Your Inner Dialogue for Better Mental Health

Being a mental health professional helps me to remain consistent in my efforts to keep my life (and mind) balanced. I still have bouts of depression and anxiety, but I have learned to cope – without using harmful substances and behaviours. I use a variety of...
Practice the Ps for Better Mental Health

Practice the Ps for Better Mental Health

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)...
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...