Keys to Long Term Recovery

So, how is it that some folks stay clean and sober for so long; even a lifetime? And, if those folks have had a relapse, how do they bounce back and keep on truckin'? Well, the answer to that question is probably longer than there is room in this newsletter.

My experience leads me to believe that the survivors and the "thrivers" have a special kind of attitude toward the journey of recovery. It's an "I can" kind of attitude toward life. Folks who "make it" never seem to give up. They may take a step backwards, but then they take two or three steps forward.

Long term recovery folks have a tendency to address the guilt and shame on an ongoing basis. I don't mean they suffer from those issues. I mean, they are addressing them in a manner that brings clarity, hope and healing on an ongoing basis.

Many folks in long term recovery have not sustained their progress by attending NA, AA, or any other "A". Although I believe the above listed programs are wonderful, they are, at the same time, not the only ways to recovery. Remember, the Big Book of AA does not claim to be "the" way. Bill and Bob were clear that they had found "a" way. Folks who sustain their recovery seem to be active with some kind of support group or peer group that nurtures, supports, and may even hold individuals accountable in some kind of way. The group offers a way for individuals to feel useful and needed. Reality Therapy principles state there are three things every person needs in order to believe, feel, and be happy:

  1. To be loved
  2. To love
  3. To be needed

Those who have continued on a path to recovery or just living life well, have learned how to deal with grief, loss, and change in their lives. Uncomfortable emotions and thoughts are no longer a reason or an excuse for relapse.

Long term recovery individuals have discovered how to work and also how to play. They tend to either have balance in their lives or they are working toward balance on an ongoing basis.

There may be many other ideas on this subject. These are just what seems to be most common among the folks I know.

Rick B.

Being Good to Your Liver

Wellness is a multi-billion dollar business. Folks are trying to live longer and better. For many, the old attitude of "if I knew I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself", no longer applies. Here's a list of what's good to eat for various organs and body systems:

  • Blood: Cayenne pepper, Red grapes, Wheatgrass, Moringa, Garlic, Leafy greens, Kale, Beans, Coconut water, and Oregano
  • Lymph: Fruits, vegetable juices, Sea vegetables, Asparagus, Carrots, Guava, Lettuce, Strawberries, and Lemon water
  • Gallbladder: Cucumber, Lentils, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Beans, Avocado, Whole grains, Beets, Legumes, Garlic, Onion, Okra, and Sweet Potato
  • Liver: Bitter Melon (gourd), Leafy greens, Barley grass, Grapefruit, Avocado, Lemon, Spinach, Walnuts, Arugula, Apples, Garlic, and Dandelion Greens
  • Pancreas: Spinach, Cabbage, Cherries, Broccoli, Red Reishi Mushroom, Sweet Potatoes
  • Kidneys: Cranberries, Tomatoes, Turmeric, Onion, Cauliflower, Red Bell Pepper, Cabbage, and raspberries
  • Intestines: Flax seed, Pineapple, Cherimoya, Artichokes, Eggplant, Dragon fruit, Papaya, and Chili pepper

Healthy Liver


This a picture of a healthy liver. If you have Hepatitis, a history of IV drug use, a history of abusing pain pills, or a history of abusing alcohol…, your liver might not look this good. The only way to know for sure is having lab testing and possibly a liver biopsy. Early diagnosis is important. Please see your counselor to talk about your options for testing and treatment.

You may be a person who has either heard about or has been treated with the older generation of medications and treatments. If so, you may have a negative outlook on testing and treatment. Here's the good news: The newer medicines being used now have much less of the negative side-effects; those newer medications have a much greater "cure rate". Check it out.

Rick B.

Ask the Doctor

If you are being prescribed any medication, please be assertive and make sure to ask some questions about what they want you to take:

  1. What are the different names for the medication?
  2. What does the doctor expect the medicine to do?
  3. How long will it take to start working?
  4. How well has this medicine worked for others?
  5. What are the possible short and long term side effects?
  6. Is there any way to reduce the risk of having any side effects?
  7. What, if any, restrictions need to be considered when using this medication? Driving, etc.?
  8. How are medication levels in the blood checked?
  9. What tests will be needed before taking this medicine and while taking this medicine?
  10. How much will this medication cost?
Adapted from U.S. Department of HHS article

Dr. Candace McDaniel
8021 East Thornton FWY, Suite A
Dallas, Texas 75228

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Dr. Candace McDaniel
8021 East Thornton FWY, Suite A
Dallas, Texas 75228

Call (214) 328-4848 or

for more information