Tag Archives: sobriety

Skipping Your Way to Sobriety

“Skip, skip, skip to my Lou. Skip to my Lou, my darling.” This song evokes my childhood. I remember dancing to its lively tune. Most children skip spontaneously and without abandon. But then they’re told — explicitly or otherwise — to grow up, settle down and curb their enthusiasm. Kids lose a bit of their […]

Alcoholism: The Killer That Steals Fathers From Families

On Father’s Day, June 15, grown sons and daughters will return home from far and wide to celebrate with their dads. Meanwhile, younger children will surprise their fathers with homemade gifts and personalized cards that will be proudly displayed on refrigerator doors for weeks. Fathers will be treated to fantastic meals at home or in […]

Mindfulness in Recovery at The Ranch

Prayer and meditation have long been the underpinning of many fine addiction and mental health treatment programs. Due to the research that shows the efficacy of mindfulness in relieving a wide range of suffering, The Ranch has taken this a step further. We have developed a program dedicated to training all clients in basic mindfulness […]

Sobriety and New Year’s Resolutions

It is probably not surprising that so many people decide to pursue sobriety around the winter holidays, mainly because this time of year signals both an ending an a new beginning. Nothing is more indicative of a fresh start than New Year’s, so making a resolution to quit drinking, using drugs, and/or engaging in addictive […]

When There’s No Place to Go But Up

 "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." – Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet (1854-1900) When we are in recovery, whether we are literally coming back from lying in the gutter or just feel as if we’re climbing up from the pit of despair, we know what […]

The Importance of Attitude

“Man’s rise or fall, success or failure, happiness or unhappiness depends on his attitude…a man’s attitude will create the situation he imagines.” – James Lane Allen, American novelist and short story writer (1849-1925) When we think about having “attitude,” sometimes we think of something bad or too forward or outgoing. As if this is something […]

How To Gain Strength, Courage and Confidence in Recovery

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, from 1933 to 1945, wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, she […]

Doing What’s Necessary, What’s Possible, and What Seems to be Impossible

"Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." – St. Francis of Assisi, Italian Catholic friar and preacher, founded the Franciscan Order, patron saint of animals and the environment (1181-1286) How many times have we faced challenges that we think are beyond our capabilities? How often do […]

On the Power of Stretching the Mind with a New Idea

"One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." – Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. author and physician (1809-1894) Stretching our mind is probably a concept that many of us believe is not possible. After all, our brain is our mind, right? It has a defined dimension or limitation of space. So […]

On Being the Best You You Can Be

"Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of someone else." – Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm, American actress and singer, died as result of intentional or unintentional overdose of barbiturates (1922-1969) Why are we quoting Judy Garland here? Wasn’t she a troubled individual, prone to all sorts […]