Smoothie cleanses, veggie juice fasts, green coffee bean extract, essential oils, OH MY! If you watch TV or spend any time at all on Facebook or other social media, you are bombarded day in and day out with enticing and alluring quick fix products and methods that tout that they will overhaul everything that ails you in two weeks or less! No other changes needed! Easy Peasy! Today I want to let you in on a little secret – there is no quick fix or magic pill out there… Continue reading It’s Time to Stop Searching for the Magic Pill
As my 30-year high school reunion quickly approached this summer, I was filled to the brim with ambivalence and negativity about attending. High school really was NOT my favorite thing, I didn’t enjoy it and I don’t have the fond memories some people often have. Many factors play into this sentiment, one of the primary reasons being that I moved around often as a child and high school was, by my count, the 10th school I attended. As the perennial new girl, in order to fit in and feel comfortable in my own skin, I drank and later used my way through my teenage years. Continue reading You Are Not Who You Once Were
Some of the most common complaints I hear about eating a real food diet – “It’s too hard!” or “I don’t have enough time to cook!” Well, if that sounds like you, I’m here to help you out – with something called a recipe round-up. Continue reading Recipe Round-up: 20 Easy Home-Cooked Dinners
I recently had the chance to see the film The Anonymous People while attending the REEL Recovery Festival, a film festival dedicated to showcasing filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery. I was excited since the movie was released in 2013 and I hadn’t yet had the chance to see it and I had received many recommendations from friends about it. It was a fantastic film that really shed light upon four salient points that really hit home for me, so I thought I’d write an article encompassing these great points. Continue reading The Anonymous People Movie Review
I need to let you in on a little secret…I’ve been in kind of a funk lately. Yep, even those of us long-term sobriety folks sometimes wake up not feeling it, with the urge to stay in bed and pull the covers over our head. It all started with a darn head cold that I just couldn’t shake off which left me tired and listless – combine that with some financial insecurity and the result is me feeling like a turtle just wanting to put her head inside her shell and do absolutely nothing. Or better yet, a turtle with her head inside her shell with enough of a view of the TV to binge watch Netflix all day long! Continue reading Help Yourself by Helping Others
Recently this headline caught my attention – “Your Coffee Addiction is Officially Good For You!” Yes, finally something I’m addicted to might actually be good for me – woohoo! The headline comes from a panel called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which gives the US Government recommendations of what to include in the dietary guidelines that they revise every five years and will be issued later in 2015. Continue reading Is Your Coffee Addiction Really Good for You?
Resentment – a feeling of anger or displeasure about someone or something unfair (1).
As addicts and alcoholics, nothing can lead us down the road to drinking, using and other forms of self-medication, like a good old-fashioned resentment! You know, those pesky feelings that creep up, day in and day out, as we replay situations over and over again in our heads, until they no longer portray what actually happened. In result, we wind up either feel so pathetically sorry for ourselves or reduce ourselves to such a degree of anger, that we could spit (as my mom would say). Continue reading How to Escape the Grips of Resentments and Harmful Expectations
Sixteen years ago, on 4/20/1999, as everyone was glued to their televisions watching the devastating aftermath of the Columbine shootings, my little world was changing forever as well. That day I awoke from what used to be called a “crank coma,” meaning a meth and alcohol withdrawal-induced, dead to the world sleep, in a jail cell. Yep, that’s where my addiction took me…locked up with the key thrown away for quite a while. Continue reading Susan’s Tips for Long-Term Sobriety
Yesterday I celebrated my (mumbles her age unintelligibly under her breath) birthday! My birthday and my sobriety anniversary are forever linked together in my mind as 16 years ago I knew in my heart of hearts that my drug and alcohol addiction neared the end, but I didn’t want to get sober because don’tcha know I needed to celebrate my birthday. Looking back, it still makes me laugh because it wasn’t even a big birthday, I turned 32 (now I know you just calculated my real age in your head). At the time, I couldn’t get my noggin around having a birthday sober so I partied like it was 1999 because…well, it was 1999! Continue reading 7 Things I’m Grateful for on My Birthday!
My sobriety birthday, or anniversary, is coming up next month. This time of year I tend to become introspective about the passing years and take some time to remember where I was 16 years ago and all the trials and tribulations I’ve overcome in achieving sobriety. I’ll share some of these thoughts with you over the coming weeks. I can’t believe almost 16 years have passed since I took my last drink of Hot Damn 100 Cinnamon Schnapps in the parking lot of a Home Depot and did my last hit of crystal meth in a lonely motel room. In hindsight, if I had a choice, I probably would have picked a better last drink than that!