How to deal with catastrophic thinking in sobriety

Catastrophic Thinking in Sobriety

I find myself considering disasters like impending deaths, freak accidents, and other catastrophes, and how those would affect my life and how I would cope. I never knew these thoughts had a name or a diagnosis. Don’t let the worst possible scenario consume you. Have you ever been sure that something devastatingly bad is going…

concept of a bottom

Does Rock Bottom Matter

Bottoms Up! In the world of substance use disorders is a concept of a “bottom” or “rock bottom.”  Even those outside of recovery programs recognize that to find a way out of the deep well of those that suffer from substance use disorders, there is a kind of desperation that must occur.  It’s the theory that…

Holistic Approach to Treating Substance Use Disorder

Meditation Therapy for Recovery

Over the past thirty years, meditation therapy has become increasingly popular in fields of mental health, medicine and education as a way to manage stress and impulsive behavior and improve emotional stability, mindfulness, decision making, empathy, cognitive function, and overall health. Evidence has supported the neurobiological, psychological, and social benefits that come with regular practice.…

Finding Common Ground in Recovery

Finding Common Ground in Recovery

A Lonely Beginning Many of us come to the doors of recovery feeling very alone. Addiction brings an isolation so deep, that those who have not been there themselves can scarcely comprehend the complete aloneness and despair that many of us arrive with. Hiding becomes a way of life for an active addict. We do not want…

The Miracle

The Miracle

A wise man and a friend of mine used to say “If you’ve got a problem with alcohol, I have a solution for you. Stop drinking. If your problem is with alcohol then when you stop, it will go away. But if you have what I have, a disease called ALCOHOLISM, when you stop drinking,…

Recovery Tools, Choose Them and Use Them

Recovery Tools, Choose Them and Use Them

The absolute rawness of early recovery is an experience I will never forget and would rather not revisit in this lifetime. Everything felt so rough, jagged edges of my life experience catching on everything. Simple tasks and errands proved to be hazardous and extremely challenging. The temptation was everywhere.  Navigating life felt almost impossible without the…

The Language of Sobriety

The Language of Sobriety

I was in my third year of sobriety when my husband and I decided to move to France.  It was an easy choice, one we had always talked about since he is a French Citizen and we had hope that a life together there would be as memorable as his childhood had been.  I took…