The Side Effects of Cocaine Are Worse Than You Think.

Most people understand that cocaine is bad for you. However, people often don’t understand exactly how bad cocaine is for you. It’s important to understand that it’s not chocolate-cake bad for you, it’s drinking-gasoline bad for you.   Not only does it have bad side effects, but the more cocaine you do, the worse the…

Do I Have a Drug Problem?

Often, people seem to think that drug addiction is a moral issue, as though only the weak or wicked could become addicted to drugs. All of those people are wrong. Addiction is a complicated disease, one born from and exacerbated by many factors, but it’s a disease which can be treated, and one which does…

What’s an Opioid Anyway?

There’s been a lot of talk about the “Opioid Crises” lately, so we wanted to get everyone up to date on just what an opioid is. The term opioid, pronounced “oh-pee-oid”, refers to prescription pain medications and heroin. More specifically: oxycodone (OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet) hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet) diphenoxylate (Lomotil) morphine (Kadian, Avinza, MS Contin)…

What is Love?

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”  -Thomas Merton What is love? We like to think that a great love is the place where two people are able…

The Ugly Truth

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.” -Mother Teresa When you’re going through recovery it can be tempting to want to put your best foot forward and hide the ugly as you try to repair relationships and rebuild your life. You want to prove to your loved ones that you are a changed…

Fight Fair

Hitting below the belt, back stabbing, belittlement, the stink eye, throat punching, character assassination, and the good old fashioned slap in the face. I think we can all agree that none of these go-to standards are what we would call, “fighting fair”. There is nothing more damaging to a relationship than hurtful words said during an argument that…

Love on Purpose

“Living with intention means saying no to the things that aren’t important to us so that we can say yes to what matters most.”  When it comes to love, being intentional is often overlooked. We usually focus on is the passionate and emotional side, yet being purposeful in relationships is one of the most important…

You, Not Them

Being with someone over a significant period of time shapes you in ways that you often can’t see. There are always things to learn, especially about who you are and how you give and receive love. Love can often become confusing in relationships when we can’t separate what we want from our partner and what we need from ourselves….

A Triumph Journal

When you’re making major changes, executing new plans, and chasing your dreams, it’s really easy to end the day feeling frustrated and discouraged about what you didn’t get accomplished. And when you’re looking at your life from a perspective of failure,  you’ll begin to lose belief in yourself. That is why I encourage everyone to keep a…