Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

In recent years, emotional intelligence has gotten a lot more attention. We’ve gotten used to the idea that cognitive intelligence is an important predictor of …

Healthy Boundaries

Healthy Boundaries

Healthy boundaries comprise all the limits we set to protect our physical, emotional, and mental health. Boundaries protect us from harm in the obvious ways–from …

When Your Kid is a Pusher

When Your Kid is Your Pusher

By now, most of us are familiar with some of the unintended consequences of the massive overprescription of opioids. Millions of people who would not …

Marie Kondo and You

Marie Kondo and You

Alright, it’s time to talk about what is undoubtedly the most exciting topic you will investigate in this or any other lifetime: Cleaning house. Okay, …

Letting Go of Outcomes 

Letting Go of Outcomes 

Without making assumptions about your character, let’s assume you—the reader—are a decently good person. Nobody’s perfect, but hey, for the sake of this blog, we’ll …

Asking “for a friend”

Asking “for a friend”

From the controversial “sober curious” movement to declining alcohol revenue, alcohol abstinence is on the rise, it seems. While many of the people who benefit …

Returning to Work After Rehab 

Returning to Work After Rehab 

Throughout our journey to become sober, we are usually in a cycle of reward-punishment-reward-punishment-craving-reward-punishment, and so on in perpetuity. The standard accompanying feeling through it …

Paired Addictions 

Paired Addictions 

Our senses, along with our synaptic memory, are truly wonders for our human experience. There’s the smell of Mom’s strawberry rhubarb pie, the way the …

Feel Afraid? Do It Anyway 

Feel Afraid? Do It Anyway 

The adventure of life offers all of the conditions for us to have amazing experiences, and yet how often to those adventures get the best …

Relearning Expectations

Relearning Expectations

In essence, when you’re learning how to live life sober, you’re “relearning” the tools you may have let lapse during the course of your addiction. …

How to Hear Better

How to Hear Better

It’s often said that the difference between listening and hearing is vast. Listening is simply perceiving sound that is occurring. Hearing is absorbing what is …

Letting the Darkness Out 

Recovery at nearly every level is about some sort of letting go, of purging unnecessary baggage and the fetters of addiction. To steal a quote …

Hypnotherapy and Addiction

Hypnotherapy and Addiction

Hypnotherapy, also known as hypnosis, is often glorified in television and movies. It’s depicted as a trance state where the person being hypnotized is under …

Does Therapy Really Work?

Does Therapy Really Work?

Addressing skepticism about talk therapy. Therapy, specifically talk therapy like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has become mainstream. We see therapy sessions depicted all the time …