12 step recovery

The Ego Prison of 12 Step Recovery

I thought writing this piece would be a cut and dry task, especially with Process managing partner, Justin Etling, providing both premise and reasoning. Instead, I found myself swept down an unexpected rabbit hole. I started searching for an elusive Bill Wilson quote, but quickly became engrossed in the history of 12 step recovery and,…

Thank you

Thank You

by Heidi J. Thank you to the girl Who couldn’t find her way. Who thought her life could not go on Another horrific day. Thank you to the mirrors reflecting on the truth that the scared, young woman looking back was nothing like her youth. Thank you to the darkness for staying far too long.…

the color blue

The Color Blue

by Heidi J. I never quite understood the color blue until it became a part of me. I thought the world was more yellow, pink, green… Yet each year of my existence grew more painful, a slow progression of discomfort making its way into the depths of my soul. The protrusion of veins under porcelain…

New Year's resolutions

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

At the strike of midnight on January 1st, the world ushered in a particularly significant new year. 2020 marks the start of a new decade and the energy feels supercharged – like we’re steaming full speed into our own “roaring twenties”. The world is in a state of transition, and so, too, are many of…

marijuana

The Truth About Marijuana

Over the course of our careers as social service professionals, we collect memories that stick with us for life. I’d like to share one of those memories with you: In my group therapy sessions, I occasionally show a film to stimulate reflection and discussion. One morning, I played a documentary about a young man’s struggle…