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How to Overcome Emotional Trauma

Hi It’s the first day of the New Year and the immediate thought running through my mind is Snap, Crackle and Pop. I remember as a kid eating rice crispies with banana and listening to the cereal make its captivating crackling in the bowl. But the snap, crackle and pop I have experienced in the [Read More...]

25 + 25 = 50 Addiction +Recovery

To you, this may look like a simple mathematical equation but actually it represents 50 years of my life. You see, I started drinking at the age of 16 and drank for 25 years before it became unbearable. As many times as I told myself to stop, I just turned around and picked up another [Read More...]

Honesty + Innovative Thinking = Self-Actualization

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”  --Madonna “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”  --Ernest Hemingway Do you know who you REALLY [Read More...]

Initiative = Accomplishment: Everything Starts Within Us

Why do you spend so much time blaming other people or situations for your own misfortunes?  I guess it might be easier to pin the tail on another donkey! Maybe it is time to be accountable, even if for only yourself. You have the ability to do, and to choose as you please.  All your [Read More...]

Girls in Recovery

My Journey by Tracy Jo from Serenity House I really need this burden lifted Through these ashes I‘ve already sifted Every bridge already burnt, So many others still really concerned Much needed relief is seen near to grasp Trying to move forward letting go of my past To be comforted is greatly needed A reality [Read More...]

Gratitude in Recovery

Giving thanks to those who reached out to help us - when we didn’t know we needed it I hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday.  As I sat with family and counted all of the blessings in my life, I reflected on the fact that there were lots of people who tried (in vain) [Read More...]

FOUND: Crown Jewel

Portia de Rossi writes in her memoir on food addiction, Unbearable Lightness:  A Story of Loss and Gain, “True nobility isn’t about you being better than someone else; it is about being better than you used to be.” Being in recovery means exactly this.  Taking a tiny step each day toward healing, focusing on yourself.  [Read More...]

Alcohol

The word looks innocent enough by itself, doesn’t it?  Sort of clean and clinical.  Just seven letters…But man, it can really kick our butts! Up there it looks more like an ingredient for a 7th grade lab experiment than a noisy, embarrassing plastic bag full of clanking bottles needing to be taken out to the [Read More...]

Girls – Masks Are Strictly for Halloween

I love this time of year, driving around and seeing all the colorful leaves in the trees, pumpkins everywhere displayed with colorful mum plants. I am such an orange chick. This is my power color so I am in my glory. Cute decorations are in all the stores and costume stores have popped up everywhere.  [Read More...]

September is National Recovery Month

Did you know that September is National Recovery Month? Recovery Month began in 1989 as "Treatment Works Month", which honored the work of the treatment and recovery professionals in the field. The observance evolved to National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month) in 1998, when it expanded to include celebrating the accomplishment of individuals in recovery [Read More...]

Thankfulness

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein One of my favorite holidays is celebrated this week. Thanksgiving Day is a wakeup call to all the wonderful things I have in my life. For [Read More...]

Resistance or Acceptance – Which Do You Choose?

Handcuffed to Resistance or Free from Acceptance? Acceptance: noun “to regard as true.” When you accept something, you are not saying that you approve, you are simply no longer resisting it. When you resist, you put valuable energy into a situation that cannot be changed. You are unable to rewrite the script. So why invest [Read More...]

Consistency means “Adhering to Principles”

In Alpha Chick, my mission is to help you discover your path to purpose and power. One of the steps on the path involves establishing new principles in your life. Principles are like pillars; they create support and a solid foundation for your life. Once you have taken the time to establish new principles in your life [Read More...]

Guess Who’s In Recovery?

Recovery: verb - The act of regaining or saving something; returning to an original state or a gradual healing. Because September is National Recovery Month, I started to think about how recovery is a part of all of our lives.  I don’t feel it applies strictly to people suffering from an addiction. Everyone I can [Read More...]

Dr. Drew – The Real Deal Rehab

It is encouraging to see that there is really someone out there that gets the whole addiction thing. Over the past few years, I have become a fan of Dr. Drew Pinsky.  Dr. Drew is one of the few people involved in the world of celebrity addictions who tells it like it is.  He is [Read More...]

Thank You Elizabeth Ann – A Farewell to Betty Ford

“My makeup wasn't smeared, I wasn't disheveled, I behaved politely,and I never finished off a bottle, so how could I be alcoholic?” ~Betty Ford A woman that I admire passed away a few days ago.  We heard the news on TV about the death of the amazing former First Lady, Betty Ford.  She was recognized worldwide [Read More...]