The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that of the more than 22 million people who need treatment for a substance abuse issue, only 2.5 million actually receive treatment. Just as there is no one cause of addiction, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Some fare better with inpatient rehab; others, from outpatient […]

Exploring Alternative Treatments for Addiction


Every year there is one tradition that never seems to fade: Resolutions. Best intentions are the fuel that fires resolutions. All that we have hoped for, dreamed of and wished upon for our New Year. We design resolutions. Sure that this time we have the resolve to see them through. I have been guilty of […]

Resolutions or Intentions



Addiction is cunning, baffling, and dangerous. Definitions are extensive. There is nothing simple about the disease of addiction.

Addiction


Buddhism is thousands of years old, but it’s ancient teachings can be applied to basic principles to live by today to supplement a program of recovery. Many recovery and 12-step programs today require a psychic change, which essentially gives the recovering individual a new perspective on life. This allows to put down the old unhealthy […]

Eastern Approach to Recovery



There is a definitive pattern in life. Habits are created after using the new thoughts or behaviors for a consistent amount of time. The key is to keep repeating the desired behavior to develop it into a habit. Relapse is the return to the old ways of life. More importantly relapse is a process.  Relapse […]

Do you Understand Relapse?


I know is a common phrase
 “I Know.”   But do you?  What do you know?   As a substance abuse counselor and lifestyle coach, this is the phrase I hear most often.   I have come to realize that when someone no longer wishes to listen or feels overwhelmed, this is the stop phrase used.   What “I Know” means […]

I know!



Making the commitment to get sober is difficult right from the first step. Even after treatment, the urge to use does not simply disappear. Unfortunately, many recovering addicts will eventually relapse. One way to prevent a relapse from happening is to create a detailed, realistic relapse prevention plan. With an effective relapse prevention plan, a […]

7 Key Steps to Create a Relapse Prevention Plan


The power of gratitude
What is the Power of Gratitude? The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster […]

The Power of Gratitude



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Herbs & Spices: Basics Herbs and spices offer a wealth of healing remedies when used properly.  Those same plants can be dangerous when not used with full knowledge. Herbs and spices come in different preparations: Leaf: fresh and dried, whole and powdered Seed: fresh, dried, whole and powdered Homeopathic preparations Liquid: extracts made with alcohol […]

Herbs & Spices


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What are herbal infusions and Tinctures? Homemade healing and nourishing remedies are easy and inexpensive to create. Takes only a few minutes to prepare. You can make herbal vinegars for cooking or cleaning. You will save money on cleaners and herbal extracts. Herbs have a long history of use around the world in many forms. […]

How to Create Herbal Infusions & Tinctures