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, …

Talking to Kids About Addiction

Talking to kids about addiction, part one Talking to kids about addiction can feel scary.  You don’t know what to say, when to have to conversation, how much or how little to share.  It never feels like a good time.  This isn’t exactly a topic that people are chomping at the bit to talk about. And yet, its vital.  Having …

Keeping yourself safe during the holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time for many.  Increased time and contact with families can leave many people feeling vulnerable.  It can also offer as a trigger for relapse and compromise mental health and well being. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping yourself emotionally safe and sober during the holiday season.  Watch the video for additional information. …

Narcan: a lifesaving tool

You may have heard recently about Narcan being made readily available to anyone in need.  Narcan is an opioid antagonist used to treat known or suspected opioid overdoses.  In 2014, 29,000 people in the United States died from an opioid overdose, equating to one every 17 minutes.  Many lives could be saved with the use of Narcan.  Who can get …

Local Recovery Resources

                          LOCAL RECOVERY RESOURCES 19087 Listed below are links for resources for those seeking support in the local area: New Leaf Club – non-profit local community resource center Psychology Today – online directory of therapists, search by town, zip code, name DDAP community resources – for family, friends, first responders, and healthcare …

Change the Stigma

Even in 2017, with all the information and education on addiction, a strong stigma still remains. The simplest, easiest, and most effective way to reduce the shame and stigma associated with addiction is to talk about. Talking openly and honestly lets others know they don’t have to suffer in silence.  They don’t have to feel alone and ashamed. One of …