Category: Recovery

Staying Dry on the Road: How to Keep Up Sobriety While Traveling

It’s a common struggle for many professionals and executives. While on the road for business, a few coworkers might want to get together for drinks after work and talk about the next big project coming down the pipeline, or share the latest technology scuttlebutt, or even talk about the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. As a professional who is in recovery or committed to sobriety, however, it can... Read More

Share Your Experience, Strength and Hope

Living out the 12th Step The twelfth step in Alcoholics Anonymous says, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” From the beginning, Gene Duffy, our founder, embraced this twelfth step, sharing his story of hope many times and placing the slogan, “Together they shared their experience, strength, and hope”... Read More

The importance of continuing care

Defeating an addiction can be one of the proudest moments of an individual’s life, and rightfully so. All of the work and dedication that goes into overcoming the compulsion to use drugs or alcohol can be extremely difficult, so when that success is achieved, it can feel as though the struggle is over and that one will never have to deal with that compulsion again. Unfortunately, however, it is not... Read More

The Importance of Leaving the City for Treatment

Stepping away from one’s everyday life poses many advantages when taking on the endeavor of becoming sober. Residential treatment, an option for care that enables men and women to fully focus on recovery in a setting that is free from the temptation of using substances, is a level of care that has helped countless individuals win the war against addiction and chemical dependency. However, for the busy professional, residential treatment... Read More

Lessons From John Lennon and His Song, “Cold Turkey”

“Temperature’s rising Fever is high Can’t see no future Can’t see no sky My feet are so heavy So is my head I wish I was a baby I wish I was dead Cold turkey has got me on the run My body is aching Goose-pimple bone Can’t see no body Leave me alone My eyes are wide open Can’t get to sleep One thing I’m sure of I’m at... Read More

How to Give Back During Recovery

“Giving, rather than getting, will become the guiding principle.” –Page 128, the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous I have mentored four women during my 15 years of sobriety. There is nothing that makes me more content than to watch these women continue to grow in their sobriety. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to point them in the right direction. Being of Service There are many ways to serve.... Read More

What I Learned From My Sobriety in 2015

Here we are, already 8 days into the new year. Maybe you’ve kept your resolutions, or maybe you’ve already broken a few. Maybe you’ve already experienced tragedy, or perhaps you had a joy-filled start to 2016.  Reality is, we don’t have a lot of control over what happens in our lives over this next year. But we can do at least one thing—stay sober! Something I’ve found helpful each new... Read More

How to Prevent Addiction Relapse

You just finished up your treatment program. Your body is 100% drug/alcohol-free, and you feel ready to return home to start a new life of sobriety. You’re a little nervous, but excited, and ready to restore relationships, return to work, and sit around the dinner table with your family again. What you may not realize, though, is that you’re entering into the most challenging phase of your recovery journey. Think... Read More

Why I’m Thankful for Sobriety

As our time of thanks nears, I am recalling the many Thanksgiving meals I have attended. Generally, the group that I’m with will pause before indulging, and share the things they are grateful for. Health, having a job, and being with loved ones’ seem to prevail as standard statements. Everyone that I am close to knows I’m a sober alcoholic, and I always mention my sobriety when it’s my turn.... Read More

Is Outpatient Treatment Right for Me?

You’re a busy person—most of us are. You have a job, a family, a pet, a house to keep up with, and a long list of unchecked boxes on your bucket list. In short, you might not be able to take 30 or 60 days off from these responsibilities and pursuits to attend an inpatient rehabilitation program. If you’re in this boat, and you’re looking for addiction recovery help, outpatient... Read More

From Rock Bottom, to Stigmatized, to Accepted

When my life reached rock bottom, there was nowhere to go but up. Alcohol and prescription drug abuse had left me in a desolate, unhealthy place. Divorced and without custody of my son, I felt that only death could be worse. This was me, a true alcoholic and drug addict.  I can see in my mind’s eye the homeless person, tattered and dirty, clutching a brown paper bag with a... Read More

What Is the Cost of Addiction?

Addiction comes at a price. There’s no debate about it. But how much of a price? Addiction is really good at not telling us just how costly it really is. Addiction is costly in multiple areas: Financial People who may have a difficult time paying rent or buying groceries somehow find money to buy drugs. The true cost is variable and it often creeps into a person’s finances without notice.... Read More

What Is Alcoholics Anonymous All About?

Recently, I heard someone say, “AA is nothing but a cult.” Honestly, I had similar reservations when I went to my first meeting. Several AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) fellows introduced themselves prior to the start of that session and after a bit, I asked, “Is this like—you know, like a cult?” AA—A Fellowship One woman laughed politely and responded, “Not at all. You may come and go as you wish. Each... Read More

What I Learned From AA’s First Step

There are healthy and unhealthy ways to face our fears. Looking back, I realize I chose the unhealthy route. Drinking and drugging myself into addiction seemed to be my only option as I struggled with my adult boogie men. Yes, I was genetically predisposed to addictions, and I certainly had experienced my fair share of traumas. But instead of reaching out to a professional counselor, I battled my foes by... Read More