The Connection Between Mental and Physical Pain

The Connection Between Mental and Physical Pain

My trauma occurred in February of 2011. As I stood in front of the podium and spoke at a state summit in Michigan, I recounted my trauma — my past — in front of a room filled with strangers. I shared my vulnerable story and my transition from victim to thriving...
Reframing Thoughts During Coronavirus

Reframing Thoughts During Coronavirus

On a recent (pre-COVID 19) retreat I attended, we focused on reframing thoughts, feelings, and past experiences and turning negatives into positives. I have found myself using some of these reframing skills during our current coronavirus pandemic experience. I am in...
How the Hell do I Stay Sober Now?!

How the Hell do I Stay Sober Now?!

It is easier than ever to become lost in the rabbit holes our minds are diving into — fear of the future, fear of the unknown… If not already happening, many of us will likely also experience the reality of being host to a virus which may or may not make us, our loved...
Cravings and the Coronavirus

Cravings and the Coronavirus

One of the trademarks of Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders are cravings. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines cravings as: “an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing.” In people with substance use disorders, cravings are not “abnormal” but actually the result...
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