Addiction · addiction workbook

Seeking screen-writers: Good Guy vs Addiction

This post is about addiction.  And making movies.  The issue: sometimes problems get stuck inside us, so ingrained they seem to become part of who we are.  We are alcohol.  We are drugs.  We are addiction.  Okay, we're NOT addiction, but problems like substance abuse and gambling are so invasive we're not sure where they… Continue reading Seeking screen-writers: Good Guy vs Addiction

Addiction · addiction workbook · Uncategorized

No more addiction war stories

From the book-in-process, Recovery: Weird & Wacky Workbook. This revamped worksheet briefly examines addiction-related “war stories” — remembering the “good ol’ days,” fascination with using, and jokes about relapse -- and identifies why they could be a problem.   Worksheet 11: No more War Stories Answers: 1.c    Judy's stories are problematic in multiple ways.  They… Continue reading No more addiction war stories

Mood and anxiety · Uncategorized

Mood journal conquers depression

Depression. A miserable experience. When mild, it steals your dreams. When severe, it runs you over with stagnancy, painful thoughts, guilt, and shutdown. It's also not just a single emotion. Depression comes in dozens of flavors and intensities, if not hundreds, and can vary from day to day, if not throughout the day.  One minute… Continue reading Mood journal conquers depression

Addiction · handouts · Uncategorized

Worksheet: recovery and letting the past go

Recovery from addiction is challenging: you miss the past, parts of it at least, and the future can be downright scary.  This worksheet is a strange, colorful, and fancy 6-page tool-kit to help the reader maneuver through grief of letting the past go (mourning the loss of addiction) -- while working towards an exciting future.… Continue reading Worksheet: recovery and letting the past go

Borderline personality disorder · Dissociative disorder · PTSD · Uncategorized

Stepping outside yourself: dissociative disorders

Okay, let's start with the formal definition: dissociation is a disturbance in one’s experience of reality.  It occurs any time there's a disruption in the normally integrated functions of a person’s consciousness.  Dissociation can vary from distortion of perception to total shifts of identity.  This phenomenon is often triggered by severe, repetitive psychological trauma.  Some… Continue reading Stepping outside yourself: dissociative disorders

Marriage & Relationships · relationship · Uncategorized

How to mend a relationship on your own

We hear the duo argument all the time: "It takes two to tango," "two heads are better than one," "there's no I in team." But what do you do if your relationship is in trouble and your partner isn't ready to work on the problem? Of course it's better to tango with two, but if you're… Continue reading How to mend a relationship on your own