The Greatest Stories Serve a Purpose. The Greatest Stories Are Sincere.

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts.” Great line isn’t it? It’s from “As You Like It” by none other than William Shakespeare. Admittedly I don’t know too much about theatre, but don’t hold that against me. Delving into the world of drama and theatre is a passion for many, but very therapeutic for others. In the 20th century a brilliant psychiatrist by the name of Jacob Moreno developed “psychodrama”, which is considered the original form of group therapy. Now we all know about group therapy, but psychodrama may have fallen off our collective radars quite some time ago.Read the rest »

There Is No One Size Fits All Approach to Alcoholism and Recovery

We know that Alcoholics Anonymous, nicknamed AA, works for so many people. It really does, and you’re kidding yourself if you believe it doesn’t. Thousands of people after going through some type of rehabilitation program have moved on to a 12 step program and succeeded. The problem with addiction, and alcoholism in particular, is that there has never been, nor will there ever be, a one size fits all solution for every single alcoholic. Some people respond to “the God talk”, others to a more spiritual but not overtly religious message. Others still prefer the comfort of psychology and science to aid them in their recovery. The point is, don’t knock it, but don’t resign yourself to the fact that you’re going to have to force yourself to believe in something you just  can’t  in order to get well.Read the rest »

Compassion, Routine, Exercise and Vitamin D

At Sobriety Home we believe in sustainability as well as providing our clients with fresh, local produce to nourish them during recovery. An important practice we share with our guests is to encourage them to take up gardening during their stay with us so they may participate in healthy exercise that benefits them in a few ways. A lack of purpose is a feeling expressed to us by many clients, and we feel that teaching them to be responsible and compassionate towards nature is an excellent way to find some meaning during recovery, not to mention it’s great exercise and fun!

 

If we briefly delve into the science behind addiction for a minute, we learn that creativity allows us to develop the right hemisphere of our brains.Read the rest »