Rehab–Things To Do Before Going Home, Part 2

Rehab, believe it or not, can be hard to leave. That's right: as hard as it is to go, it can be even tougher to leave. That's because rehab can be a safe and secure place to be. You're not lonely. You have plenty of people to have deep conversations or laughs with. You also [...]

By | May 16th, 2015|Recovery, Rehab|Comments Off on Rehab–Things To Do Before Going Home, Part 2

Rehab–Things To Do Before Going Home, Part 3

Rehab is going to end sooner or later and you have to head back out into the world. One of the most difficult things to deal with for lots of people is having to change their companions. Of course, most addicts have addicted friends, or as some say addicted 'associates'. It seems that in sobriety [...]

By | May 16th, 2015|12 Step Recovery, Recovery, Rehab, Stress Management|Comments Off on Rehab–Things To Do Before Going Home, Part 3

Rehab–Things To Do Before Going Home, Part 1

Rehab changes your life, but when discharge from treatment is coming up, anxiety can kick in. You've changed, but what about home? And, what if you're going to a new home? Or transitional living? The thought of re-entering the community can be overwhelming. There are many things that prepare you for that right there in [...]

By | May 16th, 2015|Recovery, Rehab|Comments Off on Rehab–Things To Do Before Going Home, Part 1

Stigma: Addicted Men–Dogs and Deadbeats

Addicted men face stigma, prejudice and stereotypes in their illnesses just as women do, but they are significantly different due to our culture's different expectations for men and for women. Traditional expectations for men involve providing for their families and protecting them and for women, nurturing relationships and caring for children. When men fail because [...]

By | May 13th, 2015|Addiction, Guilt and Shame, Overcoming Addiction, Recovery, Rehab|Comments Off on Stigma: Addicted Men–Dogs and Deadbeats

Going Through Hell? Put Your Head Down and Keep Going

Going through hell is not something we often discuss in recovery. Sometimes when we are trying to get clean there is no choice but to bull our way through. By "bulling our way through," I mean there are times when we just have to put our heads down and fight through our problems. This may [...]

By | May 10th, 2015|Addiction, Overcoming Addiction, Rehab, Stress Management|Comments Off on Going Through Hell? Put Your Head Down and Keep Going

The Carrot or the Stick? Voluntary or Involuntary Rehab

Voluntary or involuntary rehab? Can involuntary rehab work at all? Let's consider them as a carrot or a stick, from the old analogy/parable. The carrot or the stick might seem to be a strange topic, but let's look at it, strange or not. There is an idea in human life that if a person is [...]

By | May 3rd, 2015|Addiction, Recovery, Rehab|Comments Off on The Carrot or the Stick? Voluntary or Involuntary Rehab

Going Home–Life after Rehab

Going home after rehab can be scary. What will happen when you're on your own again? What if you get lonely?  What if you run into people you used with? The list of anxiety, worry and fear thoughts can go on and on for the person standing at the threshold of rehab waiting to re-enter [...]

By | April 30th, 2015|12 Step Recovery, Addiction, Recovery, Rehab|Comments Off on Going Home–Life after Rehab

Nightmares and Dreams–Addiction and Recovery

Nightmares and dreams--these are in our waking lives and below the surface of our consciousness. We live the nightmare of addiction or codependency. The waking life is fraught with sadness, grief, desperation, anxiety, self-loathing, depression, resentment... You see that this list could go on and on because you read this post with some familiarity of [...]

By | April 26th, 2015|Addiction, Codependecy, Hitting Bottom, Living with an Addict, Overcoming Addiction, Recovery, Rehab|Comments Off on Nightmares and Dreams–Addiction and Recovery

Successful Teen Intervention Steps 4 and 5

Successful teen intervention is certainly possible, and an excellent way to let a young person see they are loved and prized.   STEP 4: Express Concerns Once a positive and empathetic intervention tone has been established, each member of the family and invited friends are asked to highlight concerning changes in appearance, behavior, and attitude [...]

By | April 25th, 2015|Adolescent Addiction, Rehab|Comments Off on Successful Teen Intervention Steps 4 and 5