The Latest from Allies in Recovery


An Invitation to Freedom by Jack Kornfield

Have you found that there are certain thoughts or sensations or feelings that keep coming back when you meditate? This thoughtful piece by invites us to consider that those "stuck places" may require a bit of additional attention, a slightly different approach than we'd use with  the usual "train of thoughts". Even if you're a beginner in the realm of meditation, this short piece is worth the detour.


I'm not the one who's sending him to jail

The member has supported their Loved One through relapse after relapse, and now feels near the end of their rope. They’ve paid for lawyers and many rounds of treatment. They’ve helped their Loved One stay out of jail. But nothing much is changing; all they see is an expectation for more. Sometimes not coming to the rescue is exactly the form of support a Loved One needs. 


Podcast # 82 — Crisis vs Chronic, the Sequel

Dominique joins Kayla and Laurie and pushes last week's conversation a bit deeper (episode #81).  You will hear more concrete examples of how to implement what Laurie calls "the Big Pause" and how to recognize when you're being triggered into a crisis reaction. 


David Scherer, CRAFT Expert & Researcher

David Scherer, PhD has been a collaborator on the Allies team from the start. He is a retired clinical psychologist and professor emeritus in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He worked with adolescents and families for over 35 years, doing research and publishing articles on adolescent development and how to most effectively treat troubled adolescents. Here is a selection of his publications.


Toxic Moods

We hear a lot about Serenity in recovery programs. For me personally, developing Serenity meant no longer being codependent to four dynamics when they show up around me: Jealousy, spitefulness, moodines and rudeness.

Watch the Welcome Video

Dominique Simon-Levine welcomes you to Allies in Recovery and gives you a tour of the member site

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My Loved One Isn't Using Right Now

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