Chris Mies

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Simple Ways To Find Serenity

Let’s face it, stress doesn’t cut you a break just because you’re sober. That’s why it’s so important to build a lifestyle that promotes serenity.  “If you start feeling stressed and don’t pay attention, telling yourself things like, ‘It’s not that big of a deal,’ you end up with a minor stressor that causes a …

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NHTSA Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fact Sheet

*Source: US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration, DOT HS 811 606 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Drivers are considered to be alcohol-impaired when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. Thus, any fatal crash involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher is considered to be an alcohol-impaired …

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Texts From My Dog


Watch Your Thoughts

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habit. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. What we think we become.

A Look at Drinking and Driving in the United States

US adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010. Though episodes of driving after drinking too much (“drinking and driving”) have gone down by 30% during the past 5 years, it remains a serious problem in the US. Alcohol-impaired drivers* are involved in about 1 in 3 crash deaths, …

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Everyone has those days. You feel defeated and it seems like the whole world is against you. This is for you.

Smith Counseling Clients

The 12-Steps

Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable Step 2 – Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity Step 3 – Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as …

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Recovery & Self-Acceptance

The lack of self-acceptance is a problem for many recovering addicts.  The subtle defect is difficult to identify and often goes unrecognized.  Many of us believed that using drugs was our problem, denying the fact that our lives had become unmanageable.  Even after we stop using, this denial can continue to plague us.  Many of …

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Smith Counseling at the Detroit International Auto Show

Dick Smith and Chris on a field trip to the Detroit Auto Show.