Kelly McClanahan

Sober Recovery Expert Author

Kelly McClanahan has an MSW in clinical social work and a CATC IV in addictions counseling. She teaches meditation and mindfulness, specializing in addiction and trauma. She also leads workshops and seminars on treatment of addictive disorders and stress reduction.

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The Importance of Time Management in Recovery

By Kelly McClanahan

Managing your time effectively ensures that you don't feel overwhelmed and tempted to reach for your old stress relievers. Lear... Continue Reading


Learn how to pinpoint your triggers so you can overcome them. Continue Reading


Finding the Courage to Change

By Kelly McClanahan

Of course change is a necessary part of recovery, but that doesn't mean it's easy. How do you do it? What must change first? Continue Reading

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Why Does Everyone Keep Saying 'Easy Does It'?

By Kelly McClanahan

If you're in recovery you hear this cliche every day. But behind the words lies one of the keys to recovery, and it may be just... Continue Reading

Powerlessness for Women in 12-Step Recovery

By Kelly McClanahan

The terms "powerless" and "powerlessness" are used a lot in the early stages of 12-step sober recovery programs. And, a lot of ... Continue Reading

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Sex and Addiction Recovery

By Kelly McClanahan

Are you new to addiction recovery? If so, you might want to think twice before you jump into bed with someone--it could lead to... Continue Reading

Is getting swept up in a new romance just swapping one addiction for another? Continue Reading

Are you turned off by the spiritual terminology you encounter in 12-step meetings? Often, newbies don't yet understand the 12-s... Continue Reading

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What Does "Surrender" Really Mean?

By Kelly McClanahan

The term "surrender" is bandied about all the time in recovery programs, but what does it mean? And more importantly, is it rea... Continue Reading

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Motivation for Quitting

By Kelly McClanahan

Quitting an addiction takes a lot of willpower, support and determination. But what is the strongest motivating factor? Continue Reading