ENTRY: Dual Diagnosis

This past weekend while at work I helped out a patient and afterwards we engaged in a little bit of casual conversation. The conversation just happened to get more serious at one point, and he mentioned that he was adopted. Now, this patient has always struck me as a very intelligent, confident, and well-spoken person. … Continue reading ENTRY: Dual Diagnosis

SHARED: Receiving Gifts — The Banquet Table

Now as adults, I think for the most part we do our best to at least show gratitude for the gifts others give us around Christmas time.  However, we all know a gift we’ve given to a kid that just didn’t make the cut. It gets tossed, or maybe a “this sucks, I don’t want … Continue reading SHARED: Receiving Gifts — The Banquet Table

MEDIA: This Recovery Life

Check out the online version of my article in the nation's VERY FIRST recovery magazine produced by folks IN RECOVERY!  I love the idea and general inspiration by this project, and when I was asked to write something up for it earlier in the year, I just leaped at the chance.  It came out very … Continue reading MEDIA: This Recovery Life

ENTRY: Forwardness Forever (Rest of the ‘Journey’ article)

NOTE FROM LOU: Here is another drafting of part of the magazine article I wrote for this month's issue of Journey magazine that didn't make it to print.  I understand completely that magazines only have so much space for content, and they do have to be conscious of their advertisers.  Thankfully, I'm able to share … Continue reading ENTRY: Forwardness Forever (Rest of the ‘Journey’ article)

FO’REAL!?!: What is Sandtray Therapy?

What is it? Sandtray Therapy: A Practical Manual, written by Linda E. Homeyer and Daniel S. Sweeney, define Sandtray as, “An expressive and projective mode of psychotherapy involving unfolding and processing of intra-and interpersonal issues through the use of specific sandtray materials as a nonverbal medium of communication, led by the client(s) and facilitated by … Continue reading FO’REAL!?!: What is Sandtray Therapy?

FROM-1-2-1: Shedding the Darkness

I aim for redemption by way of self-reflection; we should all do the same.  We all must become willing to explore deep self-reflection in order to become whole. Many of us in this "sober movement" understand that, in order to shed the old, we must become willing to take suggestions (The Steps from AA) #1, … Continue reading FROM-1-2-1: Shedding the Darkness

PODCAST: The holistic approach to addiction w/ reiki master Erik Giguere, RN (Interview, pt. 1)

As a peer specialist, I get to talk to and help some amazing patients.  Another part of the job that I love, though, is my fellow staff members.  One of the most perceptive, resourceful, and truly inspired individuals with whom I get to work each day is Erik Giguere.  He is a registered nurse, but … Continue reading PODCAST: The holistic approach to addiction w/ reiki master Erik Giguere, RN (Interview, pt. 1)

ENTRY: Patients inflate use history to ensure treatment

Being in recovery myself, I tend to notice certain behaviors of the folks seeking recovery themselves as they proceed through the intake process at work.  In case you weren’t already aware, I work as a peer recovery coach at a treatment center specializing in MAT therapy (we offer both methadone and Suboxone) and mental health … Continue reading ENTRY: Patients inflate use history to ensure treatment

MEDIA: Little Boy Lost, II

The little boy is crying, crying inside the man! The little boy is crying, he can only do what he can! The little boy is crying, there’s so much shit in this life! The little boy is crying, not for himself, but for his wife! The little boy is crying, while lying in bed at … Continue reading MEDIA: Little Boy Lost, II

I Still Have Anxiety — My Loud Whispers of Hope

FROM LOU: Please check this post out; it's very poignant and compelling... Good stuff for sure. I had severe painful anxiety and panic attacks in my early twenties (thirty years ago) and have had anxiety off and on ever since increasing in severity after my postpartum depression and bipolar diagnosis and the start of being … Continue reading I Still Have Anxiety — My Loud Whispers of Hope