For many people who are new to recovery, they may have not felt bored in quite some time — possibly even years. Using alcohol or drugs often fills in all the gaps of a person’s life, until the addiction takes over completely. So when individuals begin to adjust to life without substances, and the desired…

Through my years of facilitating adventure-based counseling activities, I have seen the benefits of slowing down so as to get the maximal therapeutic gain out of a particular activity rather than focusing on building successes by moving quickly from one activity onto the next. A recent experience with a group captured this shift in my…

In this episode of the Recovery Unscripted podcast, we hear from Dr. Andrew Finch, one of the country’s foremost authorities on integrating education and recovery support in an academic setting. Currently a professor of counseling at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, he’s also leading the first large-scale research studies on the effectiveness of recovery schools and…

  Addiction has an impact on every member of a household, from the oldest members of the family to teens, kids, toddlers, and even infants. When someone in your home has a drug or alcohol problem, every generation feels the consequences of chemical dependence, and everyone needs help dealing with these devastating effects. An integrated…

Staying sober means staying engaged, active and encouraged in your recovery. When things are good, it’s easy to ignore your coping skills and tools for recovery. When things are tough, it’s easy to beat yourself up and think there’s no way you can stay clean. You know the first is a bad idea and the…

By Martha McLaughlin If you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, you may find that creativity, spontaneity and energy come to you easily. You may also find that you often feel scattered, unorganized or forgetful, which in turn, may leave you feeling foolish, ashamed or altogether inadequate. It’s not unusual for individuals with ADHD to experience these…

Life is full of joys and pleasures. When a waitress brings a smiling toddler a piece of chocolate cake piled high with melting ice cream, that child’s brain releases the natural chemicals that signal pleasure. The child feels warm, happy and comforted. Adults might have these same sensations when they’re provided with pieces of cake,…

There’s no way around it: Drug addiction leads to broken relationships and hurts the people you love. When you were under the influence of drugs, you were not the same person. Addiction changes the brain’s chemistry, so you lied and manipulated others to feed your addiction. Now that you are not using drugs and have…