Author Archives: Drew Powell

The Healing Capacity of Live Music

Happy senior man listening to music with headphones

The grass rustles between your toes, which extend past the picnic blanket you placed out on the lawn. You lean back onto your shoulders as you rest the weight of your upper body on your hands which are firmly planted in the ground. As the music notes flow past your ears, you notice your head […]

Getting In Touch With Your Body


Getting In Touch With Your Body Coping with mental health struggles is a complicated, multi-faceted endeavor. While caring for your emotional and psychological wellbeing is critical for managing your mental health, neglecting the needs and sensations of your physical self can be detrimental to your overall wellness and mental health progress. If you want to […]

The Two Dimensions of Fearing Intimacy


Intimacy is an integral part of the recovery process, with each journey being a wholly personal and emotional venture. However, while intimacy is an essential part of recovery, it is also one of the most difficult and vulnerable parts of the process, and an individual could be resisting these feelings of intimacy for a couple […]

Addiction and Professionalism Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

addiction and professionalism

Many images come to mind when words like “addiction” or “substance abuse” are brought up, with depictions of those suffering from addiction even going so far as to show homelessness or an unkempt look. However, addiction doesn’t necessarily manifest in this way, and one’s financial status or professional career can continue to develop independently of […]

Preparing for the COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccine

When looking into getting the COVID-19 vaccination, you have several options. You can get Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson. Pfizer and Moderna are currently a two-dose regimen, which may become a three-dose regimen depending on variants of the virus that develop across the world. Johnson and Johnson is a one-dose regimen, but administration of […]

The Value of Healing Through Volunteering


While the notion that taking time to help others may seem to detract from the personalized nature of addiction recovery, there is a great amount to be gained through volunteering and community service, and altruism can indeed reap personal, powerful rewards. Volunteering is an act of service that can help an individual reshape their dynamics […]

Two Faces of Denial

faces of denial

Denial is something that can not just stifle the development of new sober practices but also compromise one’s sense of self-worth, leading one to unnecessarily belittle themselves — even in the face of progress. Addressing denial in recovery is a topic that will come up throughout one’s journey, but it won’t always present itself in […]

The Value of Nature as a Means to Cope

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Nature helps so many overcome their life stressors. It serves as a means for so many to cope. When someone is ill, several studies have proven that looking out at nature or a painting of greenery can have a significant impact on improving their health outcomes. You can use nature as a means to cope […]