PART 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

PART 4: Make Not Drinking Easy

While it is widely accepted that substance use disorders and behavioral addictions are complex psychosocial/spiritual conditions and not just bad habits, I believe that incorporating insights from the highly studied topic of habit change can be a boon for anyone...
PART 3:  Cravings and Forming Habits

PART 3: Cravings and Forming Habits

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits defines the Habit Loop as consisting of four components: the cue or trigger, the craving, the response and the reward. By breaking each component down he offers strategies for those who are attempting to create a new habit or...
5 Ways to Boost Energy After Opioid Withdrawal

5 Ways to Boost Energy After Opioid Withdrawal

Patients who have stopped using opiates and gone through the withdrawal process often wonder why their energy is so low and ask about ways they might boost it. After extended use of opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin, Percocet®, Opana®, Dilaudid®, Vicodin®,...
Sobriety Slogans to Help You During COVID-19

Sobriety Slogans to Help You During COVID-19

As we all navigate the coronavirus pandemic, I thought it would be a good time to look at some of many slogans associated with Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step programs. Although they can sound kind of cheesy, each has an underlying message that can be helpful....
Finding Courage for Recovery During COVID-19

Finding Courage for Recovery During COVID-19

We all have to display an immense amount of courage and resilience to make it through the current pandemic. It’s a difficult and painful time in the history of the world. The COVID-19 pandemic is all over the media. It is natural to feel fearful and discouraged. There...
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