March 7, 2022

For years I avoided going out socially, like having coffee or walking with friends. The disease was seeping fast through our home, and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I could not stand trying to pretend that everything was ok, when in reality, things were crashing down. I did not know how to

March 3, 2022

Time on the water on my brother’s boat in Maryland always brought peace and serenity to me. It also brought a much needed break and laughs. I didn’t speak much to what was happening at home. Instead, I craved the “permission” to allow myself to take a hiatus from it all. I would get a taste

February 28, 2022

One of the easiest things for us to feel toward our alcoholic or addict is resentment for time lost. Time lost with children during their golden years of growing up. Time lost in our own golden years as professionals. We miss out on so much with all the chaos of the disease interrupting and distracting us

February 24, 2022

Acceptance is knowing there’s something greater than me.Acceptance that this was my new journey, and that this was my new life, was one of the hardest things for me to digest. I did not want to be married to an alcoholic, I did not choose this for myself. Why did God give me this problem that

February 24, 2022

The feeling of being stuck. When you have absolutely no control over his or her behaviors, actions, words, or their impact on you and your family. How does one actually step out of the storm, out of the chaos? Sometimes the hardest step is to simply make a choice.There is no one right way, or cliff

February 17, 2022

You have a Newly Addicted Family Member

Where to begin… This is all new. This is scary. Where do I even start?Ask for help. If possible, seek a doctor or therapist to help guide you as you begin.Find two or three trusted friends or family members, and be open with them about your situation. Be brave enough to share your fears and

January 24, 2022

Taking the time to make a simple sandwich

A simple act of kindness towards yourself, especially when your loved one is experiencing an emotional valley, is crucial.Yesterday I made the time to make a healthy sandwich from a new fitness and nutrition program I am trying. I stopped to look up recipes, get the ingredients, and try different recipes for meals. Seems easy, right?

December 13, 2021

Coping vs enabling

Attempting to distinguish between coping vs. enabling skills can be tough to determine, especially if you are new to this disease. Or, if you are so far down the rabbit hole of the disease, it is tough to see the distinction.In addition, whether or not your alcoholic admits to having a problem, or wants to

November 11, 2021

Sobriety Diaries with Nate Kelly - Interviews KL Wells

Addiction in the Executive WorldThe Sobriety Diaries is a video podcast sharing powerful stories of recovery told by those who lived them. Nate Kelly and KL Wells discuss the origin story of Voices InCourage and how she is using this as a vehicle to serve people in the executive space. KL has also turned this into a

October 28, 2021

Sometimes I wish I could sit myself down before I started running this chaotic path. If I could, this is what I would say:Walk, don’t run. Literally. This is a lifelong journey, and you cannot run from it. It will break you. You have to face it, and walk through the emotions.Breathe. There is plenty