Getting Ready to Make a Change

 In order to do the work required for change, it is necessary to identify why you are doing what you are doing, how it is affecting you and what you could do differently.  Doing this is kind of like taking the bandage off an infected wound, in order to figure out what...

Pinocchio: A Metaphor for Recovery

Sometimes it is helpful to relate your experiences to something else, in order to more clearly understand it. The movie, “Pinocchio,” can be used as a metaphor for addiction, Jiminy Cricket as their “sober selves” or conscience, and becoming a real boy without...

Progression of Addictive Behaviors

Some people are still not convinced that they may have a problem.  “I am not as bad as______” or “I only drink on the weekends.”  The point is not how bad someone else is, or how often you are engaging in the behavior. The point is that you are experiencing problems...

Addiction: Reasons People Use

Addictive substances and behaviors cause a release of pleasure chemicals that temporarily numb or distract from current feelings of depression, anger, anxiety or physical pain.  It is one way people survive unbearable pain, until they learn what is causing it and...