“We Need to Talk”

“Uh-Oh,” is the predominant answer we heard when asking people their response to hearing the words, “We need to talk.” Seems no one’s thrilled by a summons to sit down and talk, let alone listen to someone’s thoughts on us. Outside of treating the physical and biological aspects of addiction and mental illness, communicating clearly with loved ones ranks in the top three challenges in early recovery. While the clinical reasons behind this are plentiful and Read more…

Holiday Trifecta… aka Recovery’s Bermuda Triangle

In recovery circles, Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the emotional trifecta of the holidays.  The stretch between now, Christmas and New Year’s is latent with boobytraps that can tempt us to engage with our less than desirable coping skills (excessive behaviors) that leave us feeling worse off.  This year, we’re facing an adversary that can be far more threatening to one’s mental health and sense of well-being — and that is isolation.  As the pandemic’s wrath Read more…

When your Medicine Becomes Lethal

Although it sounds so cliche, a common theme we’re still hearing—despite all of the opioid epidemic media coverage —is, “We didn’t think this could happen to our family.”  National news paints a macro picture; lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies like Purdue, the Federal Government’s “war on drugs,” with the occasional story of a celebrity or athlete’s personal struggle with opioid addiction, such a Dax Shepard.  Local news may pick up the same stories, and dig deeper Read more…

Where Batman and Bill Wilson Meet

  Honored are we to collaborate and recover with amazing human beings. “Recovery Sensei” highlights special people we think you need to know. Terry Shapiro, MS, CAC, VP and Executive Director of Hanley Center and Origins FL Programs The active illness always has us wishing we were someone else.  Who is your alter ego? Batman What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being a father recovered from addiction and present for my family.  What is your Read more…