Insight for the Journey: Baffling Nature of Addiction

And the Surprising Power of Recovery  “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling  Ronnie celebrated his 40th…

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Insight for the Journey: Changing Habit Patterns

Your lifestyle preferences can be both fulfilling and frustrating. A careful look at your own patterns will help you determine which habits you would…

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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: Never Give Up

Making a Positive Choice  Life is filled with choices and is often guided by our own beliefs and thoughts. We are always moving in…

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Insight for the Journey: Living Intentionally

Living Haphazardly  Most people spend their entire lives living thoughtlessly and without aim. Your emotional and mental health problems may have caused you to…

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Insight for the Journey: Overcoming Learned Helplessness

Understanding Helplessness People struggling with substance use disorders, anxiety, and depression frequently complain about feelings of helplessness. They can point to a series of…

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Insight for the Journey: Magnifying the Negative

Wow. That’s Huge!  If you hold a magnifying glass over an object, the item appears bigger. Obviously, the object isn’t any larger, it merely…

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Insight for the Journey: Addiction and Anxiety

Trying to Reduce Anxiety  In a co-occurring disorder treatment program, people come with a variety of mental health and substance abuse issues including social…

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Insight for the Journey: Treatment Saves Lives

Substance-use and resulting substance use disorders (SUD) are hazardous to your health and come at a staggering cost. Individuals with a SUD have more…

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Happy Memorial Day!

To all the honorable military personnel, we thank you for your service.  Have a safe & happy Memorial day, everyone!

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Insight for the Journey: Positively Changing Your Life

Negative thoughts influence our feelings and actions. If left unchecked, negative thoughts often become an agonizingly repeated script that drives discouragement and defeat. Negative…

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Insight for the Journey: The True View of You

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt  People in recovery often have a distorted view of themselves. They…

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Insight for the Journey: We’re Back!

Thank you for participating in Insight for the Journey. Due to the recent COVID-19 virus, we temporarily discontinued our daily emails. However, we are happy…

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Insight for the Journey: Exercising Good Judgment

Substance Use Disorders Impair Judgment  Alcohol and drugs impair judgment. In the throes of addiction, people often do things under the influence of a…

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Insight for the Journey: Worry Will Ruin Your Life

Mental Agony  Many people carry heavy loads of worry, fear, and anxiety. These issues interfere with emotional stability and can create other serious concerns.…

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Insight for the Journey: Feeling Complacent

When Symptoms Return  Treatment for co-occurring disorders focuses on substance use and mental health issues. Relapse can mean a return of mental health symptoms…

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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: Getting Stronger

Refusing an offer to drink or use takes courage, inner strength, and self-confidence. The ability to refuse can be expanded by developing the related…

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Insight for the Journey: Going Far

If You Want to Go Far  There is an adage that says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to…

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Insight for the Journey: Blind Spots

Understanding Blind Spots  When driving a car there is an area that you cannot see called a blind spot. This concealed part of the…

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Insight for the Journey: What’s Holding You Back?

Successful Recovery  Having long-term recovery success takes time and energy. Many people start their recovery programs with great enthusiasm and high levels of energy…

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Insight for the Journey: Fundamentally Prepared

Having committed yourself to recovery, you’re becoming increasingly dedicated to making it happen. Be willing to prepare yourself for long term success. Roger Maris,…

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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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