Category Archives: Mental Health

A Recovering Addict’s Guide for Surviving the Holidays

If you are newly clean and sober, I’m sure you are experiencing a lot of holiday anxiety right about now. Don’t worry, it’s normal. It happens to all of us- even those of us with several years of recovery under our belts. My first sober Christmas was spent behind bars. That was difficult for a [Read more…]

Is Addiction A Disease or a Choice?

As a recovering addict, I wholeheartedly adhere to the disease model of addiction; many of us addicts do. The disease model believes that alcoholism and drug addiction are chronic brain diseases characterized by chemical malfunctions in the frontal lobe, mid-brain, certain neurotransmitters, reward structures, motivation and memory. Many people who have not struggled with addiction, [Read more…]

Suicide: We Could Have Prevented It

This week is national suicide prevention week. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what suicide prevention actually looks like. How do we, as a society, prevent suicide from happening? Sounds like a difficult question to answer, but it’s not. Often, people who die by suicide suffer from mental illness. Not only does a profound [Read more…]

Life is Fragile: International Overdose Awareness Day

Life is fragile.  Sometimes I forget how precious and fragile life is. I get so busy living most days that I forget how close I was to dying. I actually did die a couple of times, although they don’t call it dying when paramedics/ doctors are there to resuscitate you. I think it’s just called [Read more…]

My Pregnancy Nearly Killed Me: The Horror of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

If someone would have told me how excruciatingly difficult my pregnancies would have been, I might not have had children.  I love my kids- fiercely- I do. But my last pregnancy almost killed me.  And prior to experiencing the incomprehensible love that can only be felt through bringing a child into the world, sharing a [Read more…]

Sobriety Is Not Simply Abstaining From Alcohol

Our society lives and breathes for a quick fix. We scoff at the idea of having to sit with uncomfortable emotions or physical sensations. Have a headache? There’s a pill for that. Having trouble sleeping? There’s a pill for that. Having a hard time accepting your weight? There’s a pill (and a program) for that. [Read more…]

Happiness is Not Always A Choice

It seems lately my social media news feeds are filled with photographs and memes conveying the message that happiness is a choice. Some I’ve seen today are: “Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.” “Happiness is a choice, you decide.” “Happiness: it’s up to [Read more…]

My Postpartum Depression Could Have Killed My Baby

There is a movement of women speaking out about postpartum depression since the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force issued a depression screening recommendation on Tuesday. I don’t often get mad or defensive when reading other people’s thoughts on heavy topics that have personally affected me, but my blood is boiling right now over the thoughts [Read more…]