Supporting yourself

Supporting Yourself When your partner is in active addiction or early recovery, supporting yourself can sometimes take a back seat. Check out The Partner’s Recovery Plan: A free FIVE STEP GUIDE to restoring your sanity, saving your mind, and possibly saving your relationship too! Tips include ways to build your support network, find time for yourself, and know what you are …

Purpose of boundaries

Purpose of Boundaries What’s the purpose of boundaries? – maintain balance Boundaries, emotional or physical, can help maintain balance and stability.  When you know your limits, and you share this with others, it promotes give and take.  One side is not doing all the taking or all the giving.  Boundaries support even exchange. – decrease stress By knowing your limits …

Preparing for another Nor’easter

Preparing for another Nor’easter Do we really need to start preparing for ANOTHER Nor’Easter? What do you need to do today to keep yourself safe during this next storm? Did your old “snow storm tradition” include stocking up on alcohol? Staying in bed for 36 hours? What can you stock up on today to keep yourself healthy? What is most …

Boundaries

Boundaries defined Boundaries.  How often do you hear the phrase “healthy boundaries?” What exactly does this mean? Who determines the boundary? Does the word boundary sound too harsh or safe or scary? They’re always showing up in my practice – who has them, who doesn’t, and what expectations are attached to them. Let’s look at what makes up boundaries, what …

Alcoholism and Law Enforcement

Alcoholism and Law Enforcement Here is a brief (4 minutes) video on alcoholism and law enforcement.  This officer, who is local to Montgomery County, shares openly and candidly how alcoholism affected his life. This serves as one more reminder that no one is immune to the disease of addiction.  In fact, your job and what you are exposed to may …

The Partner’s Recovery Plan

The Partner’s Recovery Plan The Partner’s Recovery Plan is a free five step guide to help you restore your sanity when it has been hijacked by addiction. This guide is meant for someone who is in a relationship with a person in early recovery. Whether the addict is working really hard towards recovery or really struggling, the partner has their …

Accountability

Accountability: This is a crucial, and often overlooked, component of recovery. You can find accountability in your coworkers, children, supervisor/ boss, spouse, friends, and even neighbors. Accountability does not always need to be in direct relation to using drugs or alcohol. It is an integral part of living a healthy life. Showing up and coming through. How and where do …

Living Sober Blogs

Living Sober Blogs If you are looking for something to read, why not check out these top 60 living sober blogs and websites? Let’s take a minute to think about why these would be helpful to you. First – the writers can pretty much connect with anyone.  From Catholics to Agnostics, from single men to mother’s of multiples, and to …

CJAB Conference

CJAB Conference 2018 In April I will be connecting with members of PA’s law enforcement community at the annual CJAB Conference. The title for this year’s conference is “Collaboration and Innovation: Keystone of Success”. I will be presenting on why addiction is considered a family disease. Through my presentations and trainings, it is my goal to educate all those who …

Is My Loved One Addicted?

Is my loved one addicted? How do we answer this question Trying to answer the question “Is my loved one addicted” can create confusion, denial, and even false accusations.  When thinking about abusing drugs and alcohol, there are some checkpoints to consider that can help us answer this question. Sudden change in mood Swift change in financial status Debt collectors, …