The Benefits of Hobbies in Recovery

Alright you now no longer drink, drug, or gamble.  So, what’s there to do in recovery?  Well, dust off that old mitt or bowling ball and get to having fun again.  For anyone in recovery there is nothing like picking up old hobbies or adding new ones to your...

Criminal and Addictive Thinking

Addictive thinking can be very similar to criminal thinking. A lot of times these thinking patterns overlap.  When a person is in active addiction he or she will often justify a lot of things.  Moreover, in a lot of cases they just want to continue their addiction....

The Role of Forgiveness in Recovery

According to psychologists, forgiveness is a conscious and deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you.  This is all regardless of whether they deserve your forgiveness or not.  Forgiveness is not...

Balancing Work and Recovery

For anyone with an addiction, a demanding job can make getting help a challenge. Many folks will say that he or she cannot take the time to get help because it will impact their work.  It is quite normal for people to have these thoughts. But to continue an addiction...

How to Ask for Help For an Addiction

I recently had a conversation with a friend who is questioning whether or not he has a substance abuse problem.  For him he knows I work in the substance abuse field.   Therefore, it seemed natural for him to contact me about his concerns.  But, there are many people...

Becoming a Better Man Through Recovery

Developing healthy relationships can be a challenge for anyone.  Properly expressing one’s thoughts and feelings is one of the driving forces to getting along with others.  It seems that some men may not have developed the social skills that can create better...

How Addiction Magnifies Problems

For anyone in active addiction, whether they know it or not, their disease makes most things tougher to handle. When a person gets into recovery he or she realizes that they now have a better grip on managing life.  But, a person will not know this until they are...

Treatment Centers for Alcohol Addiction- What is AA?

Treatment Centers for Alcohol Addiction will often recommend that a patient attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings to help maintain sobriety.  So, what is AA?    How do you know if you are an alcoholic?  Who attends these meetings?  When do these meetings occur?...