How to conduct (and not fear!) an important conversation

How to conduct (and not fear!) an important conversation

When important things are not right, set aside proper time and place to conduct a calm, focused conversation. Opening remarks to such a conversation are often something akin to the following:  “I need to discuss something with you that is bothering me.”“I need...
Beware the relationship surrogate

Beware the relationship surrogate

These days it seems like technology in various forms is vying to become your one and only friend. Television and radio have been replaced by online video games, phone applications, podcasts, blog, vlogs, robot people, robot pets, automated tellers, virtual...
You relapsed. Now what?

You relapsed. Now what?

A contingency plan can help get you rapid and constructive help when needed AND can reduce the potential negative impact on friends and family. In your plan, consider the following: Establish a trusted friend to inform if things go badly and help navigate your...
Building resilience in the fight against addiction

Building resilience in the fight against addiction

The hardest part of recovering from addiction may be the understanding that the addiction is never far away. Relapse is common. That does not mean that you shouldn’t work hard to prevent it. Relapse can undo a lot of hard work and may prove deadly. Many would say,...
How Vulnerable are you to addiction?

How Vulnerable are you to addiction?

You are not immune to addictive behaviors and the curse of addiction in all its forms. Knowing where the risks are can help with avoidance. While there are many forms, the below table represents some of the most mainstream forms in the order of significance based on...