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: More from my own ‘journey’
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?
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
You know what, I've come to realize that the concept of religion and spirituality in general have become possibly even more influential to modern Western pop culture. Think about it, in the news, how often do we hear about the ongoing abortion debate? The folks that deem themselves "pro-life" never hesitate when it comes to … Continue reading ENTRY: Organized Religion a Valid Tool While in Recovery
There is no good reason to believe that menstrual cramps and menstrual pain are vastly different than regular cramps and pain. Especially because the cramps and pain are often caused by the same hormonal response. This makes the studies still relevant and useful. These studies have shown that CBD can help relieve pain and cramps. … Continue reading FO’REAL!?: Studies showing potential of CBD as effective Tx for menstrual cramps
As a person facing true substance use disorder, you do in fact have many options when it comes to attaining sobriety, and in turn a life built around everlasting recovery. Inpatient rehabs are widely considered the gold-standard when it comes to initial sobriety. I say 'initial' since, just as with any option for treatment, getting … Continue reading ENTRY: MAT Protocol in Need of Empathy–NOT Sympathy
Every once in a while, I love to post an article or general tidbit on something that is totally, completely unrelated to the ongoing "opioid crisis." In fact, that's one of the reasons that I truly don't even go for those generalized terms like crisis or epidemic, since they really just freak people out. I enjoy … Continue reading JUST4FUN!: The FBI releases decades-old files on Bigfoot