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...
Do This 1 Thing to Stay Off Opioids Forever

Do This 1 Thing to Stay Off Opioids Forever

Using willpower to change a behavior means working hard to achieve something; Merriam Webster defines will power as “energetic determination.” If I need willpower to accomplish something, then I am attempting a task that I feel some level of conflict about doing. Like...
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...