Release is vital to recovery

Anxiety is something nearly everyone struggles with in addiction recovery. Seeing the wreckage our lives became is enough to cause anxiety. In truth, most of us lived with it long before we took the first drink or drug. “What we lived with, we learned. What we learned, we became.” Growing up afraid means learning self-control […]

Ok Bangor, this is how we reduce addiction

I have a compelling story and urgent opportunities for you. Please indulge me: I’ve learned that no one is in recovery from just one thing. Folks in recovery from addiction are also in recovery from trauma. Folks recovering from eating disorders or self-harm are also in recovery from mental illness. I want to tell you […]

Is it ok to hate perpetrators?

To those who abuse, assault, and otherwise, harm for personal gain or pleasure, I’m thinking about you today because I am tired. It’s a good kind of tired. I’ve been busy serving your children, your former partners, those you bullied. Helping them fix themselves and grieve I’ve been doing it for a long time. This […]

Everything you ever really needed to know

I have a love/hate relationship with the medical drama, Code Black. I love it for its unflinching and realistic view of people overcoming various forms of emotional trauma. I hate it because nearly every episode leaves me in tears. The writers have a knack for development that shows you every broken/missing piece of your favorite […]

Stop being overwhelmed and get involved

As a clinician and recovery coach, one of the greatest inspirations I draw from is the resilience embodied by those I serve. Despite unimaginable suffering, folks carry on, overcome, and eventually flourish. I never cease to be amazed. Supporting addiction recovery requires baring witness to suffering, past and present. I have never become desensitized to […]

Effective responses to an epidemic

For over ten years now politicians have been talking about addiction as though it were a new condition that no one knows how to respond to. The hand wringing, and perpetual committee meetings need to end. It’s time for common sense solutions: Follow Maslow’s hierarchy: For people to not die, we have to get basic […]