The Four Horses and Substance Abuse Recovery

Because growing is an inside job, quality therapy involves a truly personal touch; addressing not only your problems, but in discovering who you really are deep down inside and how you function to restore your wholeness and passion for life. … Continue reading

The need to change in alcohol and addiction recovery

“To be or not to be, that is the question”   Shakespeare   “Should I stay or should I go” The Clash     I recently had an encounter with a young man who attempted suicide. To choose life or … Continue reading

Autobiography in Five Chapters

  Autobiography in Five Chapters (From the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying) I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost… I am hopeless It isn’t my fault. It … Continue reading

Relapse in substance abuse recovery

Relapse is discouraging for anyone. But our response to a lapse is at least as important as the lapse itself. And where does the process of relapse really begin anyway? Well, as it turns out, ground zero lies in our … Continue reading

Not knowing in recovery | Substance Abuse Recovery

“I live my life in widening circles That reach out across the world. I may not ever complete the last one, But I give myself to it” Ranier Maria Rilke I walked into the group room one night last year, … Continue reading

Recovery is about practice | The Legend of Bagger Vance

The Legend of Bagger Vance When is a sport not only a sport? When is a movie not only a movie? When they are truly metaphors of life. Mythologist, Joseph Campbell described mythology as a story that never happened, but … Continue reading

Way of the Peaceful Warrior | Books for Substance Abuse Recovery

I highly recommend watching the movie “Peaceful Warrior,” based on Dan Millman’s internationally celebrated book “Way of The Peaceful Warrior.” I highly recommend reading the book, as well (among many other excellent books by Dan Millman). If you watch the … Continue reading

Ground Hog Day as it applies to recovery

The message in this ostensibly lighthearted romantic comedy turns out to be one of profound international interest and acclaim. It begins with the character Phil Connors, a curmudgeon weatherman, dissatisfied with life and his place in it, defiantly resisting every … Continue reading