Breaking the Coffee-to-Wine Cycle

From Coffee to Wine

Not too long ago, I went to dinner with a friend who’s a new mom.   Still on Maternity Leave, she joked that her days consisted of pounding cups of coffee during the day and then winding down with wine in the evenings.  As a mom myself, I remember a little too well how exhausted I was those first few months, but thankfully I hadn’t felt the need to chase my cups of coffee with glasses of wine.  It made me think, though – how many others were doing the same thing?  According to Dr. Robin Berzin in a recent Well+Good article, it’s not just new moms falling into this pattern.  A variety of people rely on coffee to fuel their day, and then turn to alcohol at night to unwind.

Unfortunately, however, this pattern can come at a price.  Coffee, a stimulant, triggers hormones like cortisol, which increase blood pressure and blood sugar, says Berzin, yet ultimately doesn’t sustain a person’s energy.  Instead, the caffeine can cause that person to feel dehydrated, drained or on edge by the end of the day.  “To compensate, many people turn to alcohol in the evenings, which stimulate neurotransmitters in the brain and is a natural depressant,” she went on to explain.  This can help calm your nerves, but it can also disrupt your sleep – leading to next-day exhaustion and more caffeine consumption.

If you find yourself in a co-dependent relationship with coffee and wine, Berzin suggests the following tips:

Get Enough Sleep

Though this could be easier said than done if you’re a new mom, getting quality sleep each night is crucial for breaking free from the coffee-to-wine cycle.  Berzin suggests incorporating magnesium tablets in order to achieve deeper sleep, avoiding processed and spicy foods at night, and sleeping in the next morning if you’ve had a late night.

Eat a Sustainable Diet

In order to maintain energy throughout the day, Berzin advises to avoid simple carbs and sugar in the mornings, as well as at lunch.  By eating a balanced diet – a mix of protein, simple carbs, veggies and little processed sugar, you will find yourself with sustained energy and a reduced need for a pick-me-up through caffeine.

Find New Ways to Unwind at Night

Instead of helping yourself to another glass of Cabernet, learn new ways to find some relief.  Alternatives include taking a walk, soaking in a bath, meditating, reading a book or taking a yoga class – all which can help curb cravings.


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By: Natalie Baker
Title: Breaking the Coffee-to-Wine Cycle
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Published Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:16:00 +0000

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FDA Launches “Remove the Risk” Campaign for Safe Opioid Removal

In 2017, retail pharmacies dispensed more than 191 million opioid prescriptions to almost 60 million patients, according to a press release by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  And as many as 90% of these patients reported not finishing what was prescribed to them – potentially leaving millions of unused prescription opioids in medicine cabinets and elsewhere in US homes.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, 47,600 people died from an overdose involving opioids that same year.

“Far too many Americans, both teens and adults, are gaining access to opioids for the first time from the medicine cabinets of their parents, relatives and friends,” said Douglas Throckmorton, M.D., deputy director of regulatory programs in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.  “Millions of unused opioid pills should not be readily available and easily accessible in our homes.”

New Campaigns For Drug Safety

As such, the FDA has launched a new public education campaign, “Remove the Risk,” to encourage proper disposal of prescription opioids and educate Americans about easy ways to get rid of these unused drugs.  The campaign is geared toward women ages 35-64 who are more likely to take part in the household health care decisions and handle the medications in the home, including removal or disposal.  It includes materials for television, radio and print, as well as an “outreach toolkit” – public service announcements, social media images and posts, and more – for talking with others about safe opioid disposal.  All materials are free of charge for any organization working to combat the opioid crisis, including the media, healthcare providers and consumer groups.

“The epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose is one of the greatest public health tragedies we’re facing as a nation, and no community is immune,” said Amy Abernethy, M.D., principal deputy commissioner at the FDA.  “We know that many people who misuse prescription opioids report getting them from a friend or family member.  If every household removed prescription opioids once they’re no longer medically needed for their prescribed purpose, it would have a major impact on the opioid crisis’ hold on American families and communities.”

Drug Take-Back Operations

So, what is the best method to remove these medications? The agency promotes medicine take-back options, which is its preferred method in properly disposing of unneeded medicines safely and effectively.  Authorized locations may be in retail pharmacies; hospital or clinic pharmacies, as well as law enforcement facilities.  In addition, some of these authorized collection sites may also offer mail-back programs or “drop-boxes” to assist patients in safe disposal of their unused medicines.


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By: Natalie Baker
Title: FDA Launches “Remove the Risk” Campaign for Safe Opioid Removal
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Published Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2019 14:00:18 +0000

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Finding Happiness in Recovery

We all want to be happy, but happiness doesn’t always come easy – especially when we’ve relied on drugs and alcohol for that perceived “happiness” in the past.  Leaving behind a life we’re familiar with can be scary and challenging at first, but it doesn’t mean we can’t be satisfied and fulfilled with a new, sober lifestyle.  Just ask Justin Kan, a 35-year-old entrepreneur who recently gave up alcohol completely and has never been happier.  Here, we share some of his tips, as well as some of ours.


Upon becoming sober, we’re faced with dozens of thoughts and emotions that we don’t know how to handle, especially since we’ve resorted to numbing them with drugs and alcohol in the past.  Meditation is an excellent practice to clear the mind and focus.  After a few minutes of practice each day, you’ll have a clearer idea of what you want to achieve, without feeling like your mind is muddled.  Plus, you’ll feel like you have more control over your thoughts and actions, which is great for someone new to recovery.

Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Research shows that gratitude is consistently associated with greater happiness.  This is because it helps people feel more positive emotions, build strong relationships and relish good experiences.  To practice gratitude, Kan uses an app called The Five Minute Journal, which asks you every morning to name three things you are grateful for, as well as three things you are going to do that day to make it great.   Focusing on all the positive things in your life, rather than the negative, helps you keep everything in perspective when you’re hit with a setback or obstacle.

Sweat it Out

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which create a natural high.  Doing so regularly gives you more energy and enhanced feelings of well-being – all which make life much more enjoyable and manageable.  As you reach certain exercise milestones, you’ll feel more accomplished, which will empower you to believe that long-term sobriety, too, is attainable.


This one’s a big one, and one that can be very difficult for some people to do.  But the truth is, holding onto grudges only hurts yourself.  Letting go of pain and resentment towards yourself and others lifts a weight off your shoulders and makes way for happiness to settle into your heart.

Talk it Through

Bottling your emotions can have negative effects on your emotional and physical health, but unfortunately, some people don’t have a close, impartial person they can confide in.  A therapist is a great way to talk things through, release buried emotions, bounce ideas off of and learn some tips geared at self-improvement.

Put Down the Phone

Technology has found its way into every aspect of our lives, and although this can be a good thing, it can also be overwhelming to keep up with.  The endless stream of notifications, texts and emails we receive daily keeps the mind on high alert, so much so that you can never truly relax.  Stepping away from your phone, then, can really give you a chance to be present in whatever situation you’re in and be actively engaged in everything around you.

We know – change is hard.  But personal change happens one day at a time, so if you’re looking to get happier, make that first step.  It’s all about progress, not perfection.


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By: Natalie Baker
Title: Finding Happiness in Recovery
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Published Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:49:31 +0000

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Podcast Review: Seasons of Sobriety

The first time I met Howard M. was in June of 2012, at a recovery retreat. Just eight months sober and sequestered among dozens of men with far more experience in recovery, I was over my head and out of my comfort zone. I had, apparently, come to a weekend-long gathering of fellow alcoholics only to feel alone and alienated.

Before one of the first breakout sessions, I fixed my eyes to my phone for fear of fixing them elsewhere. Over my shoulder, an authoritative voice pierced my self-preserving silence.

“Recovery isn’t on your phone.”

I hated Howard for five minutes, and have loved him ever since.

Howard is refreshingly albeit sometimes blisteringly direct. He is unwavering and disciplined, perhaps too rigid for some but a role model to many more. Howard is an endearing endurance test; I learn something valuable from him–if sometimes semi-begrudgingly–whenever we’re together.

Like me, in addition to being an alcoholic, Howard is a (slowly) recovering curmudgeon. One privilege of knowing him is seeing his inner eyeroll; he can’t help but notice when a meeting goes off on a well-intentioned tangent. In those moments his calm countenance undoubtedly belies a silent psychic scream–one begging the banter to return to progress-inspiring experience, strength, and hope.

He sat in plenty of speaker meetings looking forward to a message of hope and recovery, but would often hear of new and old ways of getting high or drunk.

Howard has taken this desire to stay on-message into his latest project. And irony of ironies, this little slice of recovery can indeed be found on your phone.

Seasons of Sobriety” is Howard M.’s resoundingly successful effort to focus and streamline the modern-day AA speaker meeting. It is an audible manifestation of the host himself, born of an undesirable trait noticed, analyzed and righted in fastidious fashion.

I work with media for a living and, in an online landscape increasingly crowded with amateurs, rarely does a novice nail a broadcast vehicle from the get-go. But that’s exactly what Seasons of Sobriety accomplishes, through a combination of its host’s intelligence, meticulousness, and big-heartedness.

As host, Howard is both in control and in the background. He is part guide, part guardrail – yielding his guests the wheel while keeping the conversation from veering off course. The podcast is interested in recovery rather than addiction, calm rather than chaos, and, above all, what we do with the most valuable gift ever received: freedom from drugs and alcohol. Howard, like anyone with decades of recovery, finds himself strategizing the long game. Per its homepage, the podcast is a deep dive into “what it takes to persevere through fears, resentment, sadness and joy.”

Howard M. is a man who has pushed through the plateaus of long-term recovery and committed to perpetual progress. His series of succinctly guided speaker meetings exemplifies and amplifies this dedication to growth, literally speaking volumes about the lifelong journey that is recovery from our shared disease.

Check out Seasons of Sobriety.

By: Christopher Dale
Title: Podcast Review: Seasons of Sobriety
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Published Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2020 08:09:50 +0000

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