From Stripper to Successful Addiction Recovery Coach – Nicola talks to Patty Powers (Podcast)

Originally from Toronto, Patty began drinking and using drugs recreationally as an adolescent. At eighteen she moved to New York City where chance meetings with other addicts opened doors to careers, romantic relationships, the art world and the music scene. For years, whenever the negative consequences of addiction started taking their toll, survival instincts kicked in and she’d return to Toronto. It was a hamster wheel existence – getting strung out and cleaning up – and it relied heavily on the resiliency of youth. By 1987, she was living alone in an abandoned building in Los Angeles, having cut all ties to her former life. It was at this low point she was first introduced to recovery. On December 10th 1988, Patty was admitted into a treatment facility located outside of New Orleans for heroin addiction, cocaine, and methamphetamine use. She was discharged with 42 days clean on the first day of Mardi Gras and has remained drug… Continue reading

Spring Yoga Health and Healing – By Kyczy Hawk

This has been a tough winter. Fall was rough but winter took the cake. The weather in all realms of my being was turbulent and stormy. There were changes in my psyche, in my profession, within my family, in society and in the meteorological atmosphere. Rebalancing was a constant practice and I have really exercised both my “let it go” muscle as well as my “acceptance” brain. What guides me through? My recovery and my yoga practice. They both take time, they take effort and they take “refreshing”. To restart and re-establish my ardor for recovery I go to new meetings, I meet with new people and, if I am fortunate enough, work with a newcomer. To rekindle my love for yoga I do the same thing: take new classes, meet with other teachers, do more research and take on new students. This time of year, Spring, my physical yoga… Continue reading

Forget Your Astrological Sign: What’s Your Vibration? – By Tsgoyna Tanzman

“I’m picking up good vibrations She’s giving me excitations…” Turns out the Beach Boys were on to something. Vibrational Energy. Have you ever noticed how some people suck the air out of a room, while others bring boundless energy, lightening the space and filling it with a “good vibe.” We are in fact energetic beings, constantly radiating and conducting energy. It’s not just woo woo metaphysical psychobabble. It’s science. In his book Power Vs. Force, Dr. David R. Hawkins, M.D, Ph.D., both a renowned doctor of Psychiatry and a doctor of spirituality, identified the hierarchy of human levels consciousness and their corresponding vibrational energy. Much like finding your astrological sign, you can read the descriptions and find your energetic correlate.  In other words, what’s the vibe you are giving off? Think of yourself as a broadcasting station. Are you broadcasting K-SHAME or K-LOVE?  K -ANGER or K-JOY? If you were looking to tune into a… Continue reading

Cheating – Are You Honest In All Your “Affairs” – Podcast with Robert Weiss

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions—in particular sex, porn, and love addiction. An internationally acknowledged clinician, he has served as a subject expert for multiple media outlets including The Oprah Winfrey Network, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, and CNN, among others. He is the author of several highly regarded books, including “Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating,” “Sex Addiction 101,” “Sex Addiction 101: The Workbook,” and “Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men.” He is also the co-author, with Dr. Jennifer Schneider, of “Closer Together, Further Apart” and “Always Turned On: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age.” He blogs regularly for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Psych Central, Counselor Magazine, I Love Recovery Café, and Mind Body Green. Robert and I had a wonderful chat recently, where… Continue reading

Derailed – By Jennifer R.

I was 19 when I first came to AA in Manassas, Virginia. It was a total accident. With no direction in my life, I told my one friend that I wanted to die. I had no idea that really I just needed to stop drinking. He said, “I use to go to something called ‘AA meetings’ and they sit around the tables and talk about their problems.” I practically leaped across the table demanding he find a meeting that night, of which he did. The people were kind and welcoming and as I sat listening to them, a feeling of belonging swept over me. “After a few years of sobriety, I began having traumatic memories of growing up. “Seek outside help”…. they say in meetings.” They spoke about what I was feeling and thinking. How could they know me that well? Clearly they I understood their language. I went back… Continue reading