Red Roof Recovery BLOG

Tanya & Lance offer thoughtful conversations and articles about a variety of science-based approaches to build a life beyond addiction… a life that you don’t need to escape from!

A 12-Step Program for Better Mental Health

A 12-Step Program for Better Mental Health

No time to read? No problem!  I've included the audio version, so I'll read it to you.   I'm finally recovered from drug and alcohol addictions and celebrating 6 years of continued freedom this month! I'm thankful I lived long enough to finally be "ready." I...

7 Daily Habits for Better Mental Health

7 Daily Habits for Better Mental Health

7 Daily Habits for Better Mental Health No time to read? No problem! I read it to you. Enjoy... and please share. I like to use the airplane analogy to express the importance of self-care. If the cabin pressure changes in the airplane, the oxygen mask falls in front...

Acceptance is the Key for Better Mental Health

Acceptance is the Key for Better Mental Health

No time to read? No problem - I've added the audio, so I'll read the article to you! Acceptance is the Key for Better Mental Health Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.  When I'm disturbed, it's because I find some person, place, thing, or situation -...

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 I was playing a role on...

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 Cognitive...

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) called...

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) called...

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 would do the "walk of shame" at the next...

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 hinged on personal failing,...

12 Steps to Maintain Freedom from Addictions & Prevent Relapsing

12 Steps to Maintain Freedom from Addictions & Prevent Relapsing

Emotional sobriety sounds great, but how exactly do we achieve this state of being? How can I maintain a freedom from addiction? My physical sobriety was a great accomplishment, and it was a solid foundation to start building the life I now love and don't need to...

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...

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 my life....

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