National Hugging Day: How A Hug Makes the Difference

National Hugging Day: How A Hug Makes the Difference

Have you ever had a lousy day? The kind where cat videos and goofy memes can’t even turn that frown upside down? Maybe try a hug – a big bear hug with a good friend. Hugs have the power to release “feel good” hormones, relieve stress and even help protect from...
How Do You Listen

How Do You Listen

With 2018 in full swing, we are wise to ask and reflect upon how well we listen to one another. As an addiction, behavioral health care expert, clinician and thought leader, I believe it is imperative that we take time to listen to our colleagues, family, friends and...
On Being Present in 2018

On Being Present in 2018

As I approach the New Year, I have discovered that once again that one’s walk and one’s talk are inextricably tied together, and being present for those you love and care about takes precedence over all. As many of you who follow my posts know, my husband and I...
Suit Up & Show Up: Habits, Addiction, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Suit Up & Show Up: Habits, Addiction, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Washing faces, brushing teeth, making beds, taking showers. These are all daily habits we commonly do. But if you stop and think about it, these habits didn’t appear out of thin air. We learned them. New habits are added through learned behavior and can be taken away....