Colleen Kachmann’s Blog

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Don’t surrender your autonomy to group-think sobriety. Exchanging one set of limiting beliefs for another won’t set you free.

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Is your inside voice a bully? Internalized oppression from patriarchal, elitist and racially-biased “standards” causes fear and shame.

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Becoming a Non-Drinker

Becoming a Non-Drinker

What’s the difference between “recovering alcoholic” and a non-drinker? The words you chose have a big impact on your experience of sobriety. If you don’t like what you feel, change what you think.

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5 Steps to Heal Loneliness

5 Steps to Heal Loneliness

Loneliness isn’t the absence of other people but a lack of connection to yourself. What’s the difference between solitude and isolation?

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Ex-Drinkers are Badass

Ex-Drinkers are Badass

Ex-drinkers have worked very hard to get their shit together. Alcohol keeps the masses numb and dumb. Recovery is the next revolution.

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Does Alcohol Cause Mental Illness?

Does Alcohol Cause Mental Illness?

Antidepressants improve mental health. Drinking alcohol (a depressant) does the opposite. Does alcohol cause mental illness? Yes. But like all chronic illness, alcohol use disorder is reversible.

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Is Alcohol Addictive?

Is Alcohol Addictive?

Alcohol is addictive because it triggers the release of dopamine. How addictive is alcohol for you? The more you drink, the harder it becomes to control.

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No “M” in Sober

No “M” in Sober

The idea of getting sober feels like the hiker who had to cut off his arm to save himself. Except it’s not. Just put down the drink. You can keep your arm.

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How to Heal Loneliness

How to Heal Loneliness

Loneliness is not the absence of people. It’s the lack of connection with yourself. Focus your attention inward to heal loneliness.

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How to Survive PAWS: Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

How to Survive PAWS: Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

Recovery from alcohol use disorder doesn’t happen overnight. We have to learn how to process emotions and manage stress, and allow time for brain chemistry to recalibrate. The symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome are easier to manage with a timeline and strategies.

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How to Overcome Alcohol Use Disorder

How to Overcome Alcohol Use Disorder

To overcome alcohol use disorder you must admit that alcohol is causing more stress than it’s worth. It’s not fun anymore. Drinking too much is a form of self-neglect, not self-care.

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