Each client is an individual and will follow his or her own path to recovery.

One of the goals of recovery is obviously abstinence; but the ultimate goal is to achieve a satisfying, balanced life.  Recovery is a vehicle to fulfillment.

It just takes one, small leap of faith to begin changing your life.  It takes many short term goals to achieve the long term goals. It’s important to not think too far ahead. 

Learning to catch yourself doing well as opposed to focusing on shortfalls builds strength in recovery.  No one is perfect.  Mistakes are learning opportunities. 

You are in control of your choices. You can learn to think about them, consider your options and know you have the strength to make healthy decisions.

You can improve your problem solving skills so that problems lead to solutions as opposed to giving up, turning back, more problems or a feeling of hopelessness.

We all need healthy connections.  I often tell clients that when you grow up in a dysfunctional family it is like walking through the funny house of mirrors.  All the reflections are distorted.  This is the challenge: developing a healthy support system that accurately reflects who you are.  

Recovery is not one-size-fits-all.  Traditional recovery programs -- although they do fit some people perfectly -- are not for everyone.  I see recovery as an art, a piece of life uniquely designed for the individual working with me to improve his or her own life.  

The Art of Recovery

What I've Learned