Eliminate the “Shoulds”

I just read a really great post called “If You Could Improve Your Life by Replacing One Word Would You?”  It reminded me of some things I had recently learned about why eliminating the word “should” from my vocabulary is something I now work on regularly.  When I tell myself I should be doing more…

NH State Prison Starting To Use Vivitrol

This month, NH Department of Corrections has started a new program available to certain inmates who demonstrate a willingness to defeat their drug addictions. The program is designed to reduce re-offenses and drug overdoses after release. Following in the footsteps of a program launched in Massachusetts in 2014, New Hampshire DOC will start administering Vivitrol,…

New Program for Addicts in Manchester, NH

Operation Safe Haven, a new program which offers aid and assistance to those suffering from drug abuse, has started this month in Manchester, NH.  It allows people seeking help to go to any fire station in the city and quickly be linked to resources to help them. Anyone in need of help can walk in at any…

Recommended Book: When Helping You is Hurting Me

Is your life dramatically out of balance? Do you over commit to others and under commit to yourself? The end result could potentially be mental, emotional, and physical illness or dis-ease and I highly recommend reading: “When Helping You Is Hurting Me: Escaping the Messiah Trap” by Carmen Renee Berry. She explores how people fall…

Recommended Book: Codependent No More

Have you lost sight of your own life in the drama of tending to someone else’s?  If so, you may be codependent.  If your loved one is an addict and you have a tendency to enable them, then I highly recommend the book written by Melody Beattie called:  Codependent No More, How to Stop Controlling Others and…

Recommended Book: Came to Believe

This book is a collection of stories by A.A. members who write about Step 2 which is: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity”. For many alcoholics and addicts starting a 12 step recovery program, Step 2 can be very difficult or a huge determent from the program.  Many…

Groundbreaking 28-day detox program at the Middleton House of Corrections

The Middleton House of Corrections is one of the largest jails in Massachusetts.  In December of 2015,  a 42-bed detox unit was started on the second floor of the jail that is now changing addict’s lives by addressing the opioid crisis in the state. The detox unit serves inmates who are facing charges for nonviolent offenses…

Some people have a higher risk of becoming addicts

There is such a misconception out in the world today that addicts are young blacks or homeless people.  But the truth may surprise you.  I just read a really interesting article called “Drug Addiction, Unmasked: The Types Of People Most Likely To Get Addicted And Why” which explains how many people of different ages, backgrounds,…

How Can I Show My Loved One Some Compassion?

First of all, what exactly is compassion?   Compassion means “to suffer with” and is an emotional response of sympathy. But it’s not just a feeling. The feeling is combined with a desire to help. Because we have compassion, we want to take action and help the person who is suffering. Notice the last word…

What is Detachment with Love?

Are you obssessed with a loved one’s drinking or drugging behavior?  Is it all you can think of 24/7?  Are you tired of constantly worrying and checking up on them or lying and covering up for their bad behavior?   Do you try to control them and manipulate them to do as you want?  If…