6 Characteristics You Are Living with a Dry Drunk, and 3 Things You Can Do About It

In my opinion there are two types of people in recovery, the first is an addict in active recovery. This group is actively working towards a better life for themselves; they could be working a 12-step program, with a therapist or both. I grew up in a house with two people in recovery, my mother…Read more »

We Are NOT Anonymous

I realized late in my own recovery (7 years) there was a strong difference between anonymity and anonymous.  Anonymity is a choice made by the individual, anonymous can be a feeling and very possibly detrimental to recovery.   There is so much stigma attached to addiction, the idea of telling people “I am a recovering…Read more »

Behavioural Addictions! Please, Stop thinking they’re not real!

I have my own definition for addiction, the reason I use my own variation is I feel the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Psychology) misses the mark since it is built solely on criteria and except for gambling only classifies substances as addiction. Most other publications also miss the definition mark; to show this I…Read more »

You Can’t Have Recovery, Without Relapse!

I know, that’s a really bold statement! I also know that as little as 2 weeks ago I would have said the exact opposite. I am one of those blessed people who entered a twelve-step program and never returned to the addiction portion of the emotional illness. So, I would have said; “recovery was totally possible…Read more »

Healing the Broken Heart

When you think of emotional pain, what is at the root cause of it? I can only think of two things beyond the realm of disorders. The two things that I came up with were relationships or traumatic experiences. Both of these together or apart have the ability to send someone into a tailspin. In…Read more »