Bariatric Surgery: A New Beginning


Kick-Start to a New Life Bariatric surgery can be a great kick-start for people who have been struggling with eating issues. After your surgery, your stomach is a fraction of the size it used to be, so portion control is much easier. Remember, though, that it is only the beginning. I like to draw a […]

Maintaining Sobriety While Away at College


Sobriety in Dorm or Greek Life Managing your daily school schedule, study time, work, exercise, friends, the picky RA, money and some sleep can be a doozy! The popular narrative is that college is filled with a lot of partying and little studying. If you are a recovering addict that is heading back to school, […]

10 Benefits of Exercise in Recovery

Sweating in Sobriety While exercising might not be at the top of your bucket list after addiction treatment, it may help maintain your sobriety. When people get out of rehab, they are usually overjoyed at the thought of their new life. They want to get out and celebrate their newfound freedom from addiction. This may […]

Kathy Dao Shares Golden Hour Passion

Golden Hour + Gracious Redundancy + Kathy Dao = D’Amore Love Being in the mental health profession can be taxing, but Kathy Dao considers it a privilege. In this post, Kathy shares her insight for staying motivated to provide kindness, patience, leveraging the Golden Hour and D’Amore love to her patients.   Q: D’Amore is not […]

Life Rules for Maintaining Healthy Relationships

Maintining Healthy Relationships Maintaining a healthy relationship is a two-way street. It takes treating others well, while ensuring you are being treated well in return. Being self aware of your own actions and how it impacts others is of utmost importance. On the flip side, a healthy relationship is also about getting what you need […]

5 Tips for Dating in Sobriety

A higher level of self-awareness and self-care  The idea of sober dating may seem like a scary proposition. There’s the worry that no one would want to date someone in recovery. Or, that someone will not accept someone who knows their own limits and their own body at this level. We live in a culture […]

May is for Motivation: Revisit Your Recovery Goals

May is for Motivation: Revisit Your Recovery Goals  As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers! Spring is a brand new season filled with blossoming potential. It’s also time to do some spring-cleaning and clean out any cobwebs of complacency with your recovery. Revisit the recovery goals you set at the New Year or […]

May is for Motivation: Seek Help

May is for Motivation At D’Amore Healthcare, May is for motivation. Sustaining motivation is tough even under the best of circumstances. So how can you stay motivated when your strength and focus is on recovery?   Breaking the Silence After 25 years, former NBA player Keyon Dooling went public with a secret…he was sexually abused as […]

Build Me Up – Don’t Tear Me Down

May is for Motivation – Build Me Up™ Positive Reinforcement Positive reinforcement is critical while in treatment for mental illness or drug, alcohol addiction. It helps motivate you on the tough days and push you even farther on the good days! Build Me Up reinforcement tells you what to do, punishment only tells you what not […]

Motivation to Stay Sober

Motivation in Recovery You hit rock bottom. Your life became unmanageable. You want to avoid or gain relief from long-term effects. You found sobriety–either on your own or at a rehab center. Becoming sober and changing your life took motivation. You know life is sweeter when sober, so what do you do to protect your […]