Category: Recovery

Living a life of recovery and sobriety can sometimes be a daily, moment-by-moment battle. Below are some posts and articles to help you realize a successful journey of recovery.

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 … Read More

I Write This with over 20 Years of Sobriety

[Dedicated to C. Greaves, counselor, who could confidentially say, “I tell people what they already know, but have hidden from themselves.”] As a young adolescent, I found myself to be the class joke. Overweight, awkward, tall and acne-ridden, I was prime material for that role. I suppose one could speculate that my classmates chose me … Read More

How the Environment of a Treatment Center Affects Outcomes

There are many factors that contribute to someone becoming addicted to a substance. While genetics play a part, environmental factors like personal experiences and physical surroundings also play a large role. Environmental factors can be a hindrance for someone even after they decide to get help. Overcoming the Environmental Cues of Addiction Simply put, it … Read More

Interview with Addiction Counselor: How to Develop Self-Esteem in Recovery

If you haven’t been to Duffy’s, I’d like to introduce you to one of our counselors, Christy. Christy is an art therapist with an incredible amount of wisdom. A lot of times, I think we view wise people as somber, quiet individuals who don’t enjoy life, but not Christy—she embodies fun! I had the opportunity to pick … Read More

The Adult Ride: Emotional Maturity in Addiction and Recovery

I’m Patrick, a counselor at Duffy’s, and I’d like to share some observations on the topic of emotional maturity. I’ll focus primarily on the emotional maturity of two groups: The alcoholic/addict in active addiction. The alcoholic/addict in recovery. I’ll often hear that the emotional maturation process is stunted for those with addiction issues when they … Read More