Raised in the Arms of Rigorous Honesty (An Analysis of Therapy alongside AA or NA)

One of the most common treatments for alcoholism / addiction is still AA and NA. AA and NA both offer a program of step work, and step work includes a lot of self-reflection and rigorous honesty. Participants are asked to humbly analyze their mistakes, and then take accountability whenever possible. The way honesty is woven …

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“The House That Built Me”

“The House That Built Me.” For most people it’s their childhood home, the place where they grew up, the place where they made their first memories and learned some of their first lessons. But for some, the “House That Built Me” is a different home. It’s still a home where people learned some of their …

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Transfer of Addiction – Interview with Dr. Lara Pence

During my years navigating the recovery world I had doctor after therapist after specialist after mentor warn me of the dreaded “transfer of addiction.” When people who have struggled with addiction become invested in athletics, careers, families, or other passions, professionals raise an eyebrow. New passions come with heavy criticism rather than praise. However, during …

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Transfer of Addiction

Transfer of Addiction

The mental health field (and for the purpose of this article, specifically the addiction recovery field) is an interesting little world. There are a lot of licenses, degrees, specialities, subspecialities, and certifications. Essentially, there’s a lot of “experts” and “expertise.” There is a glaring irony to all of this. That irony living in the reality …

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The Thin Red Line - an Analysis of Not Enabling Versus Withholding Support

The Thin Red Line – An Analysis of Not Enabling Versus Withholding Support

It’s a very common explanation, “We had to step away because they were in active addiction.” No one argues with that explanation. It’s actually one of the safest explanations anyone could ever give for pushing away a loved one in need (even if it’s a child). Addiction is still an automatic scarlet letter. Rather than …

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You Can Sandbag Mental Health Training Too

You Can Sandbag Mental Health Training Too

How many times in your life have you heard the story of the Gym Hopeful? The one where the well-meaning person signs up for a gym membership with the intent on getting more physically healthy. They’re ready to be better! They prepare nutritious meals and pack them with protein and veggies. They buy new workout …

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On Relapse (And Lifting Heavy Things)

On Relapse (And Lifting Heavy Things)

“Why would you throw your life away like that?” “You worked so hard to rebuild, you were happy, why would you make that mistake again?” Our society has written its narrative for relapse: The person with addiction tries to recover. The person with addiction gets weak, or lazy, or just decides they want to throw …

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Not a Defect, But a Superpower

Not a Defect, But a Superpower

Every superhero needs a superpower. And if superhero lore has taught us anything it is that superheroes often come across their superpower through adversity.  For much of their lives young heroes often suffer from being misunderstood.  They struggle while they are learning to harness their uncommon abilities and discover the potential of who they truly …

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TINHIH’s Rock for Recovery is positioned to support scholarships for adolescents in recovery

When TINHIH envisioned a recovery high school, we always planned on supporting the students during their time at high school. A chance to combat the opioid epidemic in an unconventional way. We’d surround them with recovery support services, a tender understanding of their condition, and teach life lessons from persons with “lived experience”. The main …

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