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Recovery: Why it Is Important to Share Your Story
By on February 8, 2016

There is much talk about stigma as it pertains to mental health issues; whether it is substance abuse or an eating disorder, our culture has long preferred to simply not…


Snarky and Sober? Letting Go of Resentment and Anger in Recovery
By on February 1, 2016

Here’s the good news: I am kinder and gentler after two plus years of recovery. The bad news? I was pretty awful in the early days of my sobriety: angry…


From the Inside out of Addiction
By on January 25, 2016

When you finally recover and see the light on the other side of addiction, you begin to understand and empathize with others struggling with this disease as you begin to…


Making Recovery Schools Possible
By on January 18, 2016

For most of my adult life I have worked with youth in one way or another, on the ball field, the basketball court, and the classroom. During that time, I…


Managing Anxiety in Recovery from Addiction and Eating Disorders
By on January 11, 2016

Anxiety and anxiety disorders are a very real part of the struggle one faces when living with an eating disorder, addiction, or co-occurring disorders. Anxiety is more than just the…


Exercise: The Fountain of Youth in Recovery
By on January 4, 2016

We were on the home stretch, and a friend of mine said, “If there is such a thing as the Fountain of Youth, this is it.” At the time we…


Addiction Recovery Through a Wellness Recovery Approach
By on December 28, 2015

I found my own path to recovery from 40 years of prescription drug addiction which is very different from the way most people recover. I chose to educate myself on…


Acing the Sober Holiday Endurance Test!
By on December 21, 2015

I was stressing about Christmas to my friend David, and he interrupted me to say, “Marilyn, it’s just another day.” It stopped me in my tracks, because I have never…


Managing Your Recovery During the Holidays
By on December 14, 2015

Whether you’re in recovery, know and support someone who is or work in the substance abuse treatment field, it is important to acknowledge and validate the difficulties the holidays present…


Holiday Sober Gift Giving
By on December 7, 2015

When I was in college, I had a boyfriend whose family owned an enormous above ground mushroom farm. It seemed, while walking through their rambling family farmhouse, that everyone they…