Friday, March 22, 2019

Depression

THE UNITED STATES OF UNHAPPINESS

"Come on people now, Smile on your brother, Everybody get together, Try to love one another right now." - Youngbloogs (1967) These are not our finest hours. As a nation, we are frustrated...

ACCEPTING “THE WAY OF THE WORLD” OR JUST LET IT RAIN

“Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That’s one of my favorite things to say. So what.” Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Funny,...

WHY STAY SOBER IF I’M DYING?

I had just completed a workshop on relapse prevention. As I was leaving the conference room, a thin and frail-looking man from the audience approached me. “Mr. Gorski,” he said, “My...

THE INs AND OUTs OF DEPRESSION AND ALCOHOL

We’ve all been sad or experienced downswings in response to life’s struggles, setbacks, or disappointments. Feeling the ups and downs of life from time to time are normal and are healthy...

WHAT AM I MISSING? DEFINING THE PROBLEM AND ATTACHMENT THEORY (PART 1)

What am I missing? I keep relapsing and don’t know why I have such a difficult time remaining clean and sober? How we treat addiction in treatment must change. The idea that...

MOVE SOMETHING! DANCE WITH LIFE GETTING INTO ACTION TO BOOST YOUR RECOVERY

“You will never think or feel your way into right action, but you can act your way into right-thinking or feeling.” ~Anonymous It’s time to move something! So many times in our recovery...

WHAT FAMILY MEMBERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR

Not all substance abusers manifest suicidal behavior, but too many do. A CDC toxicology study of suicide victims found over one-third positive for alcohol and just under one-fifth positive for opiates....

On The Ledge: Surviving Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Why am I writing about this issue? It’s so hard to lose a loved one, but the loss of a loved one due to suicide is perhaps the most unbearable loss...

From Druggie To Scientist: How I Finally Made Sense Of Addiction

I’ve been asked to write an autobiographical sketch, and I suppose my life has been unusual enough to make it something you might want to read, especially if addiction has ripped...

When Winning is Losing

When a client comes into treatment, usually they aren’t seeking help strictly from an internal motivation of wanting to change every aspect of their life. More often than not, they come...

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