An Attitude of Gratitude: Using Your Heart to Calm Your Addict Brain

The Thanksgiving Holiday is all about wonderful food, family, friends and trying to recognize and remember all the good people and other blessings we have in our lives. What you may not realize is the powerful effect that gratitude has on the human heart, brain and the role it can play in helping us be […]

Drug & Alcohol Addiction—Seeking Pleasure or Avoiding Pain?

In my 28 years as a substance abuse counselor, I have often heard professionals and recovering addicts express the belief that drug and alcohol addiction are primarily about people running away from, avoiding and self-medicating the stress, pain and pressures of life. While I believe that this most certainly plays a significant role in addiction, […]