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Addiction is a choice, not a disease… and other myths

Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice? Am I an alcoholic? Am I an addict? Here are some important facts to know about addiction…  Addiction is a brain disease, it’s not a choice.  Addiction is controlled in the brain’s reward system. Substances impact this reward system by  Imitating the brain’s natural chemical messengers, and  Overstimulating […]...
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What is addiction?

“I’m so addicted to shopping!”  “I love this chocolate so much, I’m like, addicted!” “Dude, he’s a complete meth-head. Total addict. He will die from his addiction.” “He’s an addict. Total workaholic.” “My partner is so addicted to sex. Wants it all the time. I’m so freaking tired of it.”  “They are addicted to working […]...
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Our LGBTQ+ community and addiction

Substance abuse or Substance use disorder is a significant problem among members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) community. From alcohol abuse and binge drinking to the use of harder drugs like methamphetamines, heroin, and opioids, many people in the sexual minority struggle with addiction. Drug use and substance use disorders among […]...
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5 ways to survive non-affirming families over the holidays

For many of us in the LGBTQ+ community, returning home for the holidays to spend time with our families is insanely triggering.  The holidays are anything but happy and our tendency is to spend the time numbed out in our drink or drug of choice. Here are some tips to surviving the holidays with non-affirming […]...
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To holiday or not | Coming out during the holidays

Just like Santa sneaks down the chimney with a mixed bag of toys and coal for the stockings (anyone actually remember that?) so the holidays with family can be a mixed back of good and bad. If you are considering coming out this holiday season to family and friends, we have a few do’s and […]...
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And just like that… we are in the new year

We made it.  We survived the soul-crushing experience of the holidays while being LGBTQ+ … and we are still standing.  Some of us are only barely hanging on.  Hey you, we see you out there, clutching that wine glass, still reeling from the verbal grenades Aunt Suzie threw at you across the dinner table at […]...
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22 ways to stay sober in 2022

You’ve started down the road of sobriety (well done!) and you might have even made it through one or two of the first set of holidays (incredibly well done!).  Now that the excitement (and distraction) of the holidays are over, how the heck do you stay sober this year?  Work a program. Whether or not […]...