Understanding the Complex Process of Recovery

The transtheoretical model of change is a straightforward model towards understanding the complex stages involved in one’s path towards recovery.

How to Live with a Partner’s Substance Use Disorder

New thinking suggests that addiction evolves, in part, because of flawed attachment and those battling substance use actually need more connection than the rest of us.

How the Japanese Deal With Alcohol

Social pressures to drink and the stigma around admitting that one has a problem make abstinence and harm reduction much more difficult in Japan.

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan: A Tool for Getting Through Crisis

WRAP focuses on helping the individual plan for crisis: first to avoid it, and then to help their loved ones understand their wishes should things get really bad.

What Drug and Alcohol Treatment Should Look Like: An Interview With Dr. Robert Schwebel

Recently, a new version of Dr. Robert Schwebel’s The Seven Challenges program was introduced for adults and is being piloted in a research project.

How to Say “No!” to Alcohol With Confidence

Whether you’re a teetotaler, have recognized early warning signs of alcohol abuse, or identified a full-blown alcohol addiction, it’s okay to say “no.”

Obesity Surgery Increases Risk of Alcohol and Opioid Problems – Even Years After Procedure

People who have RYGB gastric bypass are at increased risk of developing alcohol and chronic opioid problems post-procedure – even years after surgery.

Setting Your Intention on Alcohol Recovery and Hope

As with anything in life, setting your intention with regards to alcohol is key. There are ample resources available to help you on your journey.

“What Made You Finally Quit Drinking, Mike?”

To those who are struggling right now to kick the habit: do not lose hope. There is something indefinable in every addicted person that helps us get well.

When a Loved One Struggles With Addiction: Feeling YOUR Pain

Personally, I take issue with the notion that “addiction is a family disease.” Do we say that cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are family diseases?