Insight for the Journey: Energy Drains

Vampire Appliances  We have a limited amount of emotional energy. Getting more energy is probably more difficult than carefully using what you have. I…

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Insight for the Journey: Change is Possible

Change is Possible  Out of respect for yourself and others, you can change yourself. As life becomes unmanageable our thinking becomes distorted and behavior…

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Insight for the Journey: Work Your Program

Having long-term successful recovery from any addiction requires that you work your program. This simple thought can provide some remarkable guidance for the journey.…

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Insight or the Journey: Understanding Burnout

Defining Burnout  A simple definition of burnout is “doing too much, with too little, for too long.” One of my hobbies is woodworking. I…

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Insight for the Journey: Regaining Relational Balance

As you move through your addiction and maintain sobriety, you have likely noticed the complicated and multifaceted nature of your recovery. Your addiction likely…

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Insight for the Journey: Stick to the Plan

"Never, never, never give up!" – Winston Churchill  Plan your course of action and stick with it. My talk today is not about taking…

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Insight for the Journey: More Than a Drug Problem

“Burdens shared are easier to bear.” Jesse Jackson  A Troubled Beginning  Because co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders are complex, treatment must be…

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Insight for the Journey: Half-Time Strategies

“Don't give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.” Paul Bryant  In the sport of football, each game has four quarters…

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Insight for the Journey: Rebuilding Trust

When you lie, cheat, or deceive someone, trust is broken. The quality of the relationship is damaged and the way they see you going…

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Insight for the Journey: The Repurposed Life

Compromised Integrity Living with an addiction in an addicted lifestyle compromises integrity and changes your direction in life. What had been important to you…

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Insight for the Journey: A Few Simple Things

Making progress in recovery is important. Over the years, I developed a saying that sets forth reasonable expectations. “I am doing a few simple…

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Insight for the Journey: Regaining Normal

Out of Control  Addiction is often out of control when the decision is made to enter recovery. Life has become unmanageable, affecting numerous areas.…

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Insight for the Journey: Making a Change

“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.” – Peter Senge  Making Changes  I have spent my 30+ year career helping people change. Unfortunately,…

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Insight for the Journey: Planning Ahead

Anticipating enticing and tempting situations and carefully managing them is an essential skill in a successful recovery program. Some circumstances and situations should simply…

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Insight for the Journey: Reallocating Time

Someone recently told me to take some time off. For me, the daily grind has a way of piling up unimportant pieces and polluting…

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Insight for the Journey: Entertaining Negative Thoughts

Many who struggle with co-occurring depression and substance use disorders carry a mindset of negativity, pessimism, and hopelessness. This becomes one of the primary…

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Insight for the Journey: Festering Wounds

Years ago, I had a finger that began to throb. It turned pink and ugly and was highly sensitive to even the slightest bump.…

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Insight for the Journey: Engaging Your Active Mind

Many clients describe a constant avalanche of thoughts that rush into their minds. For those with substance use and mental health disorders there is…

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Insight for the Journey: Pull Off and Refuel

When people are overwhelmed and frustrated, friends and family are often understanding and supportive, at least at first. Soon after, as some recovery progress…

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Insight for the Journey: Feeling Normal Again

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Commonly Attributed to Winston Churchill  When the decision to enter recovery is made, the addiction is…

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Insight for the Journey: Feeling Confident

I Can’t Decide  When making decisions you might notice you are more unsure, insecure, and hesitant than you want to be. Being filled with…

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Insight for the Journey: Driven to be Perfect

What is Perfectionism?  Perfectionists aspire to achieve, but do not allow themselves to make mistakes. They search for imperfections or weaknesses in themselves and…

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