Family Addiction – Family Recovery

  • January 29th, 2015
  • Have you, like so many people, been affected by a loved one’s addiction?  Have you been exposed to addiction, but aren’t quite sure if or how you’ve been affected?

    Kiva Recovery in Vernon Hills, Illinois, is offering a great workshop that will help you address those questions:



    Mothers and Dinking

  • December 8th, 2014
  • In this culture where women often deal with multiple stresses of work, motherhood, caregiving, managing the home, etc, more and more report feeling they deserve a little “mommy juice” — a daily ritual that’s often glamorized on TV. Any fan of the TV show The Good Wife sees main character Alicia Florrick, a high-powered lawyer and mom of two teenage kids, pour a goblet of red wine as soon as she gets home from work. Gulping, not sipping, she drinks alone to ease the stresses of the day —- to self medicate.

    How rampant is this drinking mom trend?

    Find our here.

    What Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders REALLY Need is Counseling and Treatment

  • December 1st, 2014
  • December has been designated National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

    Impaired drivers are involved in nearly one-third of all deaths from motor vehicle crashes in the United States, taking almost 30 lives each day. According theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this amounts to one death every 51 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $59 billion.

    If someone is arrested for drunk driving, it’s often a red flag of a larger problem: alcohol misuse and abuse.

    Read the rest of the article.

    The Link Between Adoption and Substance Abuse?

  • November 24th, 2014
  • True confession #1:  I am an adoptee.

    True confession #2:  I am in long-term recovery.

    As a result, I’ve always wondered if there is a link between being adopted and having substance use disorder (or other mental health issues).  Recent research sheds more light on this subject:

    Read about it here:  The Link Between and Adoption and Substance Abuse?

    Is Substance Abuse is Only a Young Person’s Problem? Definitely not!

  • November 17th, 2014
  • The authors of SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimate the number of adults age 50+ who will need drug and alcohol treatment will increase from 2.8 million in 2002-2006 to 5.7 million by 2020.

    So, why the upswing?

    Continue reading here.

    Substance Abuse Programs Need to Look at the Whole Person – Sound Obvious? There’s More to the Solution Than You Think

  • November 7th, 2014
  • “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”

    These words from the ancient philosopher Plato capture what the foundation of substance abuse treatment and recovery should be — holistic.

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently published a guide based on research that provides the 13 principles of effective drug addiction treatment. One of the principles placed an emphasis on treatment that is holistic:

    Drug and alcohol treatment that is effective addresses not just the addiction alone; it must address the medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal issues as well.  Treatment must be holistic in nature.

    Ready the remainder of this post here.

    Kiva Recovery – My Ongoing Gig

  • October 28th, 2014
  • I haven’t kept up as often as I’d like, mainly because I’ve been busy in my role as Executive Director of Kiva Recovery.

    The goal of Kiva Recovery treatment is to replace addiction with solution-focused, growth-oriented strategies focusing on:

    • Lifelong Recovery through Holistic (Global) Health
    • Positive Character Building through Continuous Character Growth
    • Life Satisfaction through Contentment

    Check out our new Web design here:

    If You Don’t Stop Tolerating Things, You May Hate Yourself Later

  • March 2nd, 2014
  • I’m a firm believer that tolerating things that bother us is a really bad idea. How many times have you said about something, “It’s tolerable.” Or, “I can stand it.” Most of the time, I think we’re “standing” things we don’t have to stand.

    As a rule, I think tolerating something is a waste of time and effort, and generally causes our lives to be less enjoyable, satisfying and fulfilling than they need to be. I just don’t see why anything needs to be tolerated.

    Sometimes you need to put your foot down.





  • June 25th, 2013
  • If you’re so inclined, please check out a new blog that addresses the statement:

    “There’s more to life than just being sober.”

    Please browse, comment, and or submit your own post!










    FLIGHT – A Heartbreaking Story of an Alcoholic Addict

  • November 18th, 2012
  • Roger Ebert’s review of the movie Flight is interesting, especially given that he has come out as a recovering alcoholic in print.

    This movie is A MUST SEE !!!  I think it was better the second time, even though it was only 5 days later when I viewed it the second time.