A Sobering Experience

A Sobering Experience

I just returned home from a “virtual” first oncology appointment with a friend. In the midst of the international COVID crisis, my friend now has to deal with the fact that her time on this planet is limited. She is confronted with that “if you had one year to live”...
Who Am I Without Alcohol?

Who Am I Without Alcohol?

Yesterday afternoon I screened Arthur, a young man who will be coming in for an alcohol detox this morning. He is very successful, surrounded by supportive family and friends, and — aside from the fifth of liquor he drinks every day, starting with a few snorts each...
Breaking Up With Your Addiction

Breaking Up With Your Addiction

Consider addiction as an abusive partner. After the novelty wears off, the dynamics and red flags of an unhealthy relationship with a substance come to light – poor communication, controlling behavior, and gaslighting, to name a few. Addiction and Poor Communication...
Exercise and Addiction Recovery

Exercise and Addiction Recovery

In my experience, many patients with various substance use disorders have found exercise to be beneficial to their healing and recovery. This can be especially true for those that are in early recovery and are experiencing some post-acute withdrawal symptoms, more...
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...