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There’s a Hole In my Sidewalk

Chapter I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost … I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. Chapter II I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend […]

“I’m Fine! Why Don’t You Lay Off Me?”

She has told him frequently the drinking is getting worse. He repeatedly responds, “I’m fine! Why don’t you lay off me? If you wouldn’t nag so much I wouldn’t need to drink.”  The substance abuse has gone on too long. She can’t bear it one more day. It’s time. Time for an intervention. But, how? […]

Brend Burchard says…

There will be a time when the world needs you to be courageous, when your friends and family count on you, when your dreams are on the line, when giving up won’t make sense anymore, when the power of love begs to break through. That time is now.          –Brendon Burchard

What’s Your Name?

We usually go by one name. God has 17 names in Hebrew. Whether you are familiar with them or not, chances are, during your life with an addict (or as an addict in recovery) you will experience God in each of these roles. Your faith as you take this journey toward healing and recovery is […]

Just. One. More. Step.

When you climb Mount Everest, they say you burn 10,000 calories a day until you reach the summit; at the summit you will burn 20,000 calories a day. It typically takes two months to climb the mountain; however, the last mile will typically take around 12 hours. An entire day of climbing! It is a […]

Boredom, Stress, Disappointment… How Can I Cope?

You’ve heard the phrase “It’s easier said than done.”, right? Well, the simple answer is: find a purpose in life which will bring you joy and count your blessings every day. Sounds simple, right? But, that’s so much easier said than done. How do you find your purpose when you’ve been lost in the daily […]

He Said… She Said

You’ve heard it said that there are at least two versions of every story? Well, in an addict’s family, there may be more. But, there are at least two: his and his spouse. He says his drinking doesn’t really affect anyone. After all, he goes out with the guys and has a few then comes […]

Work: It Does a Body Good

They say “milk: it does a body good”; but, to an addict in recovery, work does a body good. Why? There are many reasons. Probably one of the most important ones is the daily sense of accomplishment. The addict feels like he is making progress. Because addiction affects the family emotionally, socially, psychologically, physically, and […]

A World of Second Chances

Second chances in life are tough to come by. We all have one life to live, and while it is ours to do what we desire, we sometimes make mistakes or go down a path that can be destructive to ourselves and to the people we love. It can happen to anyone. For some, hitting […]

9 Essential Reasons to Work a Job During Recovery

During the process of recovery from addiction, many rehab facilities require their participants to engage in and maintain a job during their stay. Doing so has a number of benefits that will ultimately improve patients’ lives once they leave the program. Here are nine reasons to work during recovery. Sense of Stability Having a job […]