The Insanity of a Family Disease

During my twenty-five year career in substance abuse treatment, I’ve frequently heard family members (and clients) insist that "Alcohol isn't his/her/my problem - drugs are!" and "Alcoholism isn't his/her/my problem - addiction is!" as if the same principles of recovery from chemical dependency don't apply to any dysfunctional situation where alcohol either isn't present or isn't present enough to be identified as the primary drug-of-choice.

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4 Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Crunch Bars

We are heading into the holiday season and I am so excited to share one of my favorite dessert dishes! This dish is vegan and gluten free and you wouldn’t even know it.

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One Day at a Time

By: Karen. B, Transformations alumna Hi, my name is Karen and I’m an alcoholic.  My sobriety date is January 30, 2013.  I remember my first drink of alcohol at the…

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Gratitude: Appreciate and Honor Life’s Challenges

Thanksgiving time tends to bring the concept of gratitude to the forefront of our thinking, as it is typically a time of giving thanks for the things we have been blessed with.  When most people hear the word gratitude, they think of paying attention to the good things in their life, sometimes acknowledging the fact that they are more fortunate than others around them. 

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Fear vs. Excitement- Night Dive with Evolv

I knew it was going to be a special outing with the evolv program when I went to pick up the clients to go snorkeling. Now, just being in the ocean can intimidate some, and putting your face in the water to actually see what is below you adds to that anxiety. Tonight I had a special addition for the crew; tonight we are going to freedive at night! Normally when I pick up the clients the group is very talkative and ready for adventure, not so on that night. There were a couple of clients that just had that look of excitement on their faces, but overall the mood was solemn.

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Michael’s Movie Pick – The Haunting of Hill House

This month, I am recommending you all watch The Haunting of Hill House. Directed by Mike Flanagan, this mini series is about a family who is forced to relive horrors of their pasts and face truths they may not want to face in order to halt the domino effect of tragedy that comes with their denial.

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Quick and Easy Fall Sweet Potato Salad

We are heading into the holiday season and I am so excited to share one of my favorite side dishes! This side goes great with many main courses and can even be a new addition to your Thanksgiving dinner table!

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Michael’s Movie Pick – “The Devil All The Time”

Happy October, guys! If you’ve been viewing these newsletters, you are already aware that sometimes I’m fit, and sometimes I’m lazy. I’ve learned in recovery that both are okay. This month, I chose a movie to tell you a bit about.

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Pumpkin Pecan Coffee Cake

Its national dessert month and it is officially fall. I love to cook year round but this is baking season my friends. Give this delicious, fall treat a try and as always….feel free to send me any family recipes that you would like to see me cook in future newsletters!

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A Life Beyond My Wildest Dreams

By: Jared M., Transformations Alumnus Hello all! My name is Jared Matthys. I was born on July 7th, 1998 to Heather and Eric Matthys. I was raised in a small…

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