Recovery, Renewal and Growth

The Need to Be Supported and to Support

As we begin a new year, things around us seem quite chaotic — close to home and far away from home. This situation can be very triggering to people like me who wrestle with addictive tendencies. It can be especially strong if you are experiencing — for whatever reason — isolation and disconnection. I am …

Ken Barlow’s Story: I Have a Mental Illness (Making It Public)

Sometimes you just have to blurt out the truth. That’s what happened in 2012 to Ken Barlow, chief meteorologist at KSTP-TV. He was standing before thousands of walkers gathered in support of the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Barlow had agreed to host this annual benefit walk, and as he …

Fighting Addiction Requires Strong Partnerships Across Systems

Substance use disorder is treatable, and recovery is possible. But it is rarely achieved alone. That’s why the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is committed to strengthening Minnesota’s treatment system – so that everyone has access to the right kind of support, when and where they need it. My name is Jen Sather and …

Ask the Expert: Nell Hurley of Hurley Health

We feature an expert in the mental health and substance use disorder field to answer questions. This issue we talk to Nell Hurley of Hurley Health on the benefits of fitness and nutrition in recovery. Q: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became involved with fitness and life coaching. Fitness has …

Enhancing Well-being

Well-being is “a set of skills that can be learned and cultivated over time, just like learning to play a musical instrument or riding a bike.” The Center for Healthy Mind Here we are again, another new, fresh, unopened year ahead. Like a new baby, it arrives with its own temperament, its own spirit, its own …

Tricks of the Trade: Practical Remedies That Lessen Depression and Anxiety

Facing and resolving the major impediments in our life will bring us to a better lot in our life, one that surpasses having no impediments at all. Assuredly what doesn’t destroy us will only make us stronger. That’s the point of all suffering. —Anonymous Numbers of depression and anxiety are skyrocketing. If you are someone …

Being Hopeful Through the Eyes of 12 Steps

In seeking to address the topic of hope today, I feel especially challenged as there seems to be so much frustration, hopelessness and powerlessness swirling around these days. These feelings are related to the continuing effects of Covid and now the flu; the rising costs of everyday items such as food and gasoline along with …

What Makes You Happy May Not Be What You Think

Serenity is not in things but in what we make of things. —Epictetus, Greek Stoic Philosopher (55-135 AD) Some of us are truly happy over the long haul. However, most of us don’t know how to sustain authentic happiness. We may give ourselves some thrills in the short run but are unclear how to maintain …

What if Rehab Doesn’t Work?

If you knew nothing else about her, you knew she was an addict. A self-proclaimed train wreck whose talent was too often overshadowed by a tabloid-fueled persona that turned her public life into a frustrating spectacle. Amy Winehouse‘s addiction had become a pop culture punch line. According to media accounts, I was in good company …

Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement – An Attorney’s Personal Experience

As part of my estate planning law practice, I work with clients in drafting and executing prenuptial agreements prior to marriage. This is something that I am particularly passionate about, largely due to what I have witnessed and experienced through the divorces of my parents, friends and family members. I have written and advised on …