Dating and Recovery: When Should I Get Back in the Game?

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I recently got to sit down with Lia, a counselor at Duffy’s and talk about the ups and downs of dating in early recovery. There are so many opinions out there when it ... Read More →

Powerless Over Alcohol: Experiencing the First Step of Alcoholics Anonymous

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I was drowning in a riptide of addiction. It was pulling me under and leaving me helpless to fight against its powerful pull. Unmaneageable The time had finally come to try accepting that I was ... Read More →

A 336 Word Letter to Anyone in Recovery

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Dear One, As you challenge yourself to stay sober, I write to you as a fellow addict. I am hoping to bring solace and a bit of comfort to your day. Of course, we do ... Read More →

How to Get the Most Out of Group Therapy

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Like so many things in life, the more effort you put into something, the more you get out of it. This is certainly true of group therapy. Whether you are in a 12 Step meeting or ... Read More →

DUI a Rock Bottom for Michael Phelps?

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We’ve all felt the disappointment of one of our heroes messing up. America’s most recent scene of disappointment comes in the form of the arrest of 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps. ... Read More →

How One Family Made It Through Mom’s Addiction to Alcohol

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This September marks the 25th annual celebration of National Recovery Month. The simplicity of this year’s theme—“Speak Up. Reach Out,” demonstrates the community’s continued effort to smash ... Read More →

Discouraged about Restoring Relationships in Recovery? One Man’s Hope

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Alcohol and drugs consume us to the exclusion of all else.  Friendships become strained and broken because of our errant behavior. Professionalism at work disappears. Family ties are sacrificed for our own immediate needs. ... Read More →

What I Learned Writing Gratitude Lists

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In early sobriety, I was asked by my sponsor to write a daily gratitude list. I recall answering in this fashion, “Gratitude? You’re kidding, right? What do I have to be grateful ... Read More →

5 Sneaky Ways Your Addiction May be Costing You

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Many people are reluctant to admit they have a problem with drugs and alcohol, and that’s understandable. Addiction is a serious illness that renders the victim powerless over their substance use—something ... Read More →

How to Know If You’re in Denial

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I drank like an alcoholic for many years before I knew I had a problem. I drank at night, during the afternoon, during the day. I drank before advising sessions in college and at 8 a ... Read More →