Opioid Detox Transcends Politics

OpioidDetoxTranscendsPolitics

Between coronavirus, racial injustice movements, and current events like the presidential election, the United States is simultaneously experiencing life changing exposure to novel and new things. Our belief systems are being highlighted. Based on our upbringing and the news we listen to, we have all arrived wherever we are with our own version of what […]

The Link Between COVID-19 and Relapse

Isolation and Relapse

Coronavirus has turned our world upside down. It has changed almost every aspect of how we live our lives. As we continue to mitigate transmission and do what we can to keep hospitals within their capacity, many of us are working from home for the foreseeable future. Those venturing into their places of employment are […]

Sobriety Slogans to Help You During COVID-19

Sobriety Slogans

Sobriety during the coronavirus pandemic can be difficult. Remembering why you are sober, and staying focused can make a significant impact on your sobriety. Each of these slogans has an underlying message that can be just what you need to stay dedicated to your sobriety during a pandemic. This Too Shall Pass. During uncertain times, remember […]

Finding Courage for Recovery During COVID-19

Finding Courage for Recovery During COVID-19

We all have to display an immense amount of courage and resilience to make it through the current times. The COVID-19 pandemic is all over the media. There is bad news everywhere we turn. Unemployment is rising fast. There is illness, death, and suffering throughout the world. We don’t know what our new normal will […]

Part 2: Choose Healthy Habits

Part 2: Choose Healthy Habits

All habits are behaviors that have been repeated enough times to become automatic. James Clear, author of Atomic Habits breaks habit formation into 4 steps: cue, craving, response, and reward. When we recognize the behaviors that form habits, we can then begin to change those behaviors. His 4 Laws of Behavior Change are rules we […]

Part 1: Alcoholic or Just A Bad Habit?

Alcoholic or Just A Bad Habit

In his book, Atomic Habits, author James Clear states that addiction is not just someone’s “bad habit.” So it makes sense to apply Clear’s habit forming (or breaking) concepts to addiction.  Clear has taken the topic of habit creation, broken it down to bite-sized pieces, and provided suggestions to create good habits or eliminate bad […]

Get Clean or Screw It?

Get Clean or Screw It?

Sometimes it is hard to think beyond the next few weeks or even days. It is very easy to say “f**k it, I may not even be here in a few weeks I contract coronavirus.” For many, there is a sense of the relief from responsibility that comes with being confronted by our current vulnerability […]

Reframing Thoughts During Coronavirus

Reframing Negative Thoughts

Prior to COVID-19, I attended a retreat that focused on reframing thoughts, feelings, and past experiences by turning negatives into positives. What we are experiencing is difficult, painful, and likely once in a lifetime. I find myself using some of the reframing skills I learned during this retreat now, during our current coronavirus pandemic experience. […]

How Can I Safely Detox Off Opioids During Coronavirus?

How Can I Safely Detox Off Opioids During Coronavirus?

I don’t remember a time when I felt less in control of so many things or so many areas of my life. The novel coronavirus has changed our daily lives. I’m reminded of Steven Covey’s work on our Circles of Influence and Circles of Concern.  Imagine an inner and outer circle. The outer circle is […]

Cravings and the Coronavirus

Naltrexone Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A trademark of Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders is cravings. A craving, defined by Merriam Webster, is “an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing.” People with substance use disorders aren’t experiencing cravings that are “abnormal” but actually the result of the brain “remembering” past compulsive use that is associated with the release of neurochemicals […]