Addiction

Sugary treats in the background with a cup full of sugar in the focal point, with the word 'sugar' on top to resemble sugar addiction.

A New Take On Life

By Jessica Pottorff / November 15, 2023

As a substance abuse counselor, I’ve heard it all. I’ve heard every excuse and defense under the sun in defense of an addictive behavior or that someone is not addicted to something, or someone. What I have learned in my career so far, and in my own journey of recovery, is that people find something that helps them feel good or better, and whether it is healthy or not, they will use it repeatedly and will be reluctant to ever admit that they may be addicted to it.

Read More
Marijuana leaves with the text "If God Made Marijuana" over the image.

A New Take On Life

By Jessica Pottorff / October 10, 2023

With National Recovery Month behind us, let us not lose our momentum in the fight against addiction. In July we talked about the concept of being “California Sober, ” and this month I want to continue that conversation and address another interesting argument in favor of the use of Marijuana that I have been encountering more often…Christian’s and THC.

Read More
Purple background with two hands holding out a paper cutout of a family holding hands, and the text "It runs in the family" above.

A New Take On Life

By Jessica Pottorff / September 25, 2023

National Recovery Month:

Promote and support an understanding of mental health and substance use disorders. The official color for National Recovery Month is purple. The theme for 2023’s Recovery Month is: Hope is Real. Recovery is Real. Please visit www.samhsa.gov/recovery-month to find out ways that you can join in the celebration of healing and freedom from addiction!

Read More
Potted plant with a taped piece of paper above it which says "hello, my name is (blank), and I'm a narcaholic."

A NEW TAKE ON LIFE

By Jessica Pottorff / May 10, 2023

We are born with social attachment points through how our parents try and mold us in childhood. Seeking a hit of certain neurotransmitters, children look for approval from their parents & will try to correlate their actions with positive responses. As adolescents, we replace parents with peers – oxytocin is released as a result of social belonging or validation.

Read More
Field of colorful, spring flowers with a circle in the center of the image to help highlight the word "mindfulness".

A New Take on Life | April Showers Bring May Flowers

By Jessica Pottorff / April 18, 2023

Mindfulness: I keep hearing this word both from my clients and on social media posts. When I think about mindfulness, I am reminded that within the span of a few minutes our human brains can have a dozen different thoughts which will cause all sorts of different emotions all at once. Depending on the type of thought, if we do not take them captive (2 Cor. 10:5) they can quickly spiral out of control and take us down paths that are not productive or healthy. Mindfulness means that we can maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, body sensations and surroundings, through a gentle nurturing lens.

Read More
26 Addiction Books

26 Outstanding Books about Addiction and Healing

By Jessica Pottorff / August 26, 2022

Addiction – It’s not a dirty word. Let’s talk about it. Let’s learn about it. Let’s de-stigmatize it. Let’s understand and empathize with the person who struggles with it. Let’s put a face to it so that when we see it, we do not see just an issue but a whole person that was created…

Read More
Photo of a mom and child consoling each other. Text that reads, If not mom, then who?

If Not You Mom, Then Who?

By Jessica Pottorff / May 18, 2022

When a child, adolescent, or young adult is struggling with an addiction or a mental health issue, parents usually feel the need to jump in and fix the problem. While addiction is a family sickness, it seems that mothers are the most impacted by their son or daughter’s substance abuse or untreated mental health. Let’s look at how being compassionate can not only help you but also your child.

Read More