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

SHARED: CDC recommends against using THC-laden vapes — NationalAddictionNews.com

  People should stop using e-cigarettes, especially those with marijuana ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), U.S. public health officials recommended on Friday, as an investigation into illnesses and deaths related to vaping deepens. E-cigarettes have been marketed as tools to help smokers quit, but rising use among youth in the United States and a spate of severe … Continue reading SHARED: CDC recommends against using THC-laden vapes — NationalAddictionNews.com

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: Continuing the conversation w/ reiki master teacher Erik (Interview, pt. 2)

I sincerely hope you enjoy the second and final part of the interview, as this was so enjoyable to produce.  Erik is a wonderful teacher to me and really everyone else on our "O.H.H." team at the office.  In fact, I hope to conduct more interviews with him and other co-workers as I realized recently … Continue reading PODCAST: Continuing the conversation w/ reiki master teacher Erik (Interview, pt. 2)

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

ENTRY: Organized Religion a Valid Tool While in Recovery

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