HALT: The Cue to Recovery Self-Care

HALT –  this tried and true slogan helps us to stay in touch with our feelings and needs. Sometimes the onset of anxiety or a sudden drop in mood can be traced to our having forgotten to eat so our blood sugar levels are off kilter. Sometimes we may be carrying a resentment, or feeling…

The Sober Holidays Survival Guide

Oh, what can be said about the wonderful holiday season!? It’s stressful. It’s demanding, it’s exhausting. It sure can be a challenge in sobriety! But it is nothing compared to the way I used to spend my holiday season… drunk and miserable. Today I make new memories. Sobriety gave me new life and a new…

Using the 24-hour Plan to Stay Sober

In our drinking days, we often had such bad times that we swore, “Never again.” We took pledges for as long as a year, or promised someone we would not touch the stuff for three weeks, or three months. And of course, we tried going on the wagon for various periods of time. We were…

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

This is a topic that is dear to me, and a topic that I believe that I have not spoken about enough.  Most of us do not understand what abuse is, because often it is not physical in nature. Many victims go on for years not realizing that they have been severely abused, because they…

Out of the Darkness

Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I’m walking in the Out of the Darkness Washington DC Walk to fight suicide and support AFSP’s bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025. Some staggering facts: In 2014 (latest available data), there were 42,773 reported suicide deaths. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of…

I’m Proud of Who I am

Have you ever heard a song that was spot on how you felt? Oh, this one is it for me! So very powerful and true to all I have gone through in the past year!  But this song can really apply to so many things in life. I was thinking that it definitely could apply…