Elderly woman hugging young boy.

Isolation is the most disabling experience

When I was in my early 20s, I broke my ankle which required surgery. For the next six weeks I was housebound because I was unable to drive. If it hadn’t been for family and friends who carted me around during this time, I would have experienced isolation from the world. From young to old, […]

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Passed out man from drinking too much alcohol.

How to get out of hangover hell

Hangovers from Spring Break and weekend parties are right around the corner. You deserve a vacation from work. Yet, overindulgence can affect your work performance if you do not have an effective plan to recover quickly. Before you experiment with “hangover cures,” I invite you to assess your drinking habits to learn if you are […]

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Tough love means you allow a person the dignity of choice.

Love is tough but you don’t have to tough love

You may have heard the term “tough love” when talking about how to leverage a person to enter recovery from an addiction. Oftentimes, this is used in conjunction with a decision that involves asking a person with an addiction to leave his or her family home. Loving a person who struggles with a chronic, relapsing […]

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Stress Scale Chart

Do you love yourself through stressful times?

In the stressful ups and downs of life, it’s good to love and accept yourself, no matter what. It’s easier to love and accept yourself when things are going well. When you are under stress, though, it can be challenging to offer self-love and compassion. Sometimes, people will move to a place of shame and […]

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Photo of prescription medications and the money it takes to buy them.

How to find money for your healthcare

When you have a family member with a disability your schedule is built around finding good medical care to provide the therapy, tests, or medication s/he needs to be as healthy as possible. Medical care is expensive, even for simple routine office visits. However, people have options in how they obtain and find money to […]

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This is a bowl of Chili Colorado, made with hot chili peppers.

Go slow with chili peppers and conflict

Professional and personal relationships can be challenging, especially if there’s a conflict. Somedays, they are like chili peppers. In looking at the pepper, you believe it won’t be that bad and you can handle it, but once you bite into it, you’re committed. Even if you spit out the bite as soon as you perceive […]

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Mediating the Amazon

High profile divorces can provide fodder for the gossip rags such as the National Enquirer for years. That’s if divorcing couples choose the traditional route of hiring attorneys to divvy up the assets a couple built together and it goes to trial instead of mediation. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos might consider thinking outside of the […]

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Picture of Elvis and Prince with a poem of the cost of addiction.

What do you remember Elvis for?

Were you alive the day the king died? In an instance, Elvis Presley’s life (b. Jan. 8, 1935-Aug. 16, 1977) became a flash of remorse of how he could have been a dignified man in his later years. He could have been except for the sordid illness of addiction stealing him from himself and from […]

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