Alcohol

Most adults around the world have consumed alcohol at some point. It is estimated close to 87% of the American adult population has had at least one drink in their lifetime. Alcohol is a legal addictive substance available to anyone over the age of 21. Many people are able to drink without serious issues, however, for those who can’t, the … Read More

Spring Clean Your Sobriety

Maybe you’ve been sober for years, or maybe a few months. Do you ever get the feeling it’s time for some Spring Cleaning in your sobriety? It’s time to spruce things up, dust out the cob webs, and give yourself a recovery adjustment. How do you do that? It’s easy. I believe I have to do something on a daily … Read More

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome – PAWS

Alcohol and drug withdrawal: Acute and Post-Acute. The acute symptoms are what you feel immediately after you stop drinking and/or using drugs, commonly referred to as detox or withdrawal. This is considered to be the first two weeks after someone stops drinking or using drugs. What most people are not aware of, is what comes next. Post Acute Withdrawal symptoms … Read More

Alcoholics Anonymous – Step One

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Many people say step one is the hardest of them all. Some people stumble over the word ‘powerless’ as if it is some personal attack degrading their strength and making them feel weak. Really, it is neither of those things. I am powerless over alcohol because … Read More

Addiction: When Should You Get Help?

It’s a new year, and oftentimes we find ourselves contemplating change when the new year begins. New year, new you. Many people who struggle with addiction think about quitting regularly. Most of us know when we have a real problem, and most of us know the only solution is to stop. Unfortunately, knowing all of that does not make us … Read More

Am I Enabling?

This is such a challenging conversation I have to have with families everyday. The topic of enabling is not a simple one, and there are several ways we enable without realizing it. First, let’s clear up what enabling is. In a nutshell, this is anything we do that ‘enables’ our loved one to continue the addiction we so desperately want … Read More

6 Tips to Stay Sober During the Holidays

Kansas City Recovery Holiday Sobriety Tips

We all know that holidays are a stressful time. Most of us struggle with family issues, trying to manage finances, which house do we go to first, who’s cooking, cleaning, and traveling. It’s a lot to think about and worry about. As addicted people there is a general difficulty coping with emotions. It is at the core of why we … Read More

12 Steps and Anonymous

Kansas City Recovery 12 step Programs

Sometimes people are confused about how ‘anonymous’ we are in 12 step programs. It can be confusing for people when they are new, and for people who are not members themselves. Also, be aware that you will get different thoughts and opinions from different people.  None are right or wrong, good or bad- they are how we interpret things as … Read More

Outpatient Rehab Inpatient Rehab

Kansas City Recovery Outpatient Rehab

One of the most common questions I get is “Are there any alcohol rehabs or drug rehabs near me?” The answer is yes. First, let’s talk about the terminology and the different options available to you so you are more clear on what exactly you need. Outpatient Treatment Outpatient drug rehab or alcohol rehab is a regimented program where you … Read More

Exercise as Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, and Addiction

Kansas City Recovery Addiction Treatment

Exercise as a treatment method for depression, anxiety, and addiction makes sense. We hear it everyday… exercise more… you’ll feel better… you’ll live longer… But I’m not sure many people know that exercise is a proven solution for many of our daily woes. Research has proven time and time again that exercise is more successful than any anti-depressant or anti-anxiety … Read More