A Toolbox for Recovery: What to put in yours.


Whether you are thinking about sobriety, are in the early stages of it, or are well into it, you can benefit from having a Toolbox. Actually, if you are human you can benefit from a Toolbox.

If you are still drinking/drugging/whatevering, you can start incorporating these things NOW. By doing this, you effectively soften the blow when you remove the harmful substance. Adding in healthy coping tools before the quit creates new habits, new synapses in the brain, new circuitry. You effectively train yourself to seek the healthy coping mechanism/tool, and as you move through quitting the bad stuff, your body has learned other ways to self-soothe/balance/cope.

#AmyzAlleyrealRecovery-A personal note:
The most used β€œTool” that I have in my own Addiction Recovery Toolbox, is for times of acute and sudden stress, days in which im feeling particularly depressed or am so close to giving in, can be accessed through anyone’s YouTube app! I made a #motivationinRecovery playlist and added all my favorite speeches or talks, or songs that motivate me to keep going and to not give up. I listen to them and slowly but surely my thinking eventually begins to change and I get that boost of confidence I need to realize that not only was I triggered, but I can name what triggered me, note any red flag thoughts or actions that I had prior to that and begin to plan ways to better avoid that in the future, even potentially training myself to catch the red flags, and then immediately redirect myself towards something that effectively holds my attention and mind away from the problem/problems that lead me to thinking about giving up my sobriety. I’m not near there as of yet, but with practice I know I can be my own defense and win in the long as long as I prepare for absolutely anything that could cause me to fail.

#Recoveryrising. #SoberNation

Thank you to all my followers, readers, supporters, friends and family,




Easy Peasy, Chicken Alfredo for a busy family..

Chicken*Alfredo w/Sauteed Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
15 mins
Total time
20 mins

If you want to add even more flavor, add some chopped onion and crushed garlic to the chicken pieces while you are cooking them

Serves: 6/Ingredients:
1. 1 15 ounce bottle of bottled alfredo sauce or 2 cups of homemade
2. 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of your favorite basil pesto (I use half of the jar you see pictured above)
3. 1 29 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
4. 1 lb chicken breast lightly pan fried in olive oil or grilled
5. 1 lb linguine noodles or fettuccine noodles.
6. Salt and pepper
7. Optional: Can sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley if desired

πŸ–€Little Tips of Love-Sautee mushrooms on the side to ad to the bowls/plates after already served(in case your kids are picky).


1. Cook noodles according to package directions (make sure to generously salt the water)
2. While waiting for noodle water to boil and for noodles to cook, prepare and cook the chicken by pan frying it in a little olive oil or throw it on the grill.
3. When noodles are done, drain them and while they are still hot, pour in alfredo sauce, pesto and drained tomatoes. Stir until well combined and everything is coated with sauce.
**you can add the chicken pieces and mix it with the sauce as well or you can leave it out of the sauce and put it on top of each serving**

πŸ–€Little Tips of Love-Serve with garlic bread and green salad if desired.

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Drug Route through body..

Drug Administration and Distribution

Drugs can enter the body a variety of ways. The easiest way to get a drug into the bloodstream is to inject it directly into a vein. If a drug is ingested by mouth, smoked, or snorted, it must pass several barriers before reaching the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the drugs can be distributed throughout the body.

The route that drugs take follows the circulatory path of the blood. The first pass throughout the body depends on the actual route of administration. Drugs that are smoked go directly with the oxygenated blood from the lungs to the heart. Then they leave the heart through the aorta, the major artery, to travel to the rest of the body. If drugs are injected or snorted, they enter the venous system and get returned to the heart with de-oxygenated blood, before traveling to the lungs and then back to the heart. If a drug is ingested orally, it diffuses into capillaries in the stomach and small intestine that connect to blood vessels that go directly to the liver. So as drugs leave the gut they travel to the liver first (this is called the portal circulation). In the liver, some of the drug is metabolized as it passes through (see discussion of metabolism below).

After the drug leaves the liver, it travels through the venous system to the heart, then to the lungs and finally back to the heart to be distributed throughout the rest of the body via the arterial system. The circulatory system is a very efficient way to distribute drugs throughout the body. As described above, drugs leave the heart by way of the aorta. This main artery branches into large arteries as they travel to various organs. As arteries enter organs, they branch into arterioles, which branch into even smaller units, the capillaries. Capillaries are the smallest form of blood vessels and are very numerous. In fact they are able to deliver nutrients such as oxygen and glucose to every cell in the body. [They also pick up waste such as carbon dioxide and metabolic products.]