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7 Ways to Maintain Hope in Recovery
March 27, 2017

7 Ways to Maintain Hope in Recovery I remember eagerly, yet timidly, beginning eating disorder recovery. Notebook in hand, I was terrified, ashamed, and I was oh-so-tired. I was ready to be done, or so I thought. I didn’t realize on day 1 that recovery would be a process and I wouldn’t get better with…

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The Boy in the Concrete Room: Men and Trauma
March 20, 2017

The Boy in the Concrete Room: Men and Trauma “Here sits a boy in a concrete room. This room has no windows; this room has no doors. Here sits a boy in a cold, dark room… huddled in a corner, afraid of what will happen next. Here sits a boy in a concrete room. It…

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Tips for Managing Anxiety
March 13, 2017

Tips for Managing Anxiety   Everyone has experienced some form of anxiety in their life. Whether it be nervousness before an exam or job interview, a first date, or speaking in public, it’s a relatable feeling. We live in a fast paced environment with many responsibilities and we try to manage multiple things at once.…

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Resilience in Recovery
March 2, 2017

Resilience in Recovery You have survived a lot of challenges and hardships in your life. You have endured addiction, abuse, trauma, mental illness or a combination of these and somehow you are still here. Many people aren’t as fortunate to pull through. You might wonder how or why you are still around to tell the…

Is Feeling Bad About Your Body Getting in the Way of Your Recovery?
February 27, 2017

Is Feeling Bad About Your Body Getting in the Way of Your Recovery? FREE this week – a life changing texting program to help you feel better about your body and support your recovery. Did you know that 80% of women say that the images of women on television and in movies, fashion magazines and…

Evolving in Sobriety
February 20, 2017

Evolving in Sobriety “Oh…my…f*cking…God!” I had only heard my wife that alarmed one other time. We had just started dating when she called late one night to tell me a large spider was trapped in her apartment. I had initially assumed her “large spider” was probably nothing more than a normal-sized spider. Upon arriving I…

Why Gender and Age Specific Treatment Matters
February 14, 2017

Why Gender and Age Specific Treatment Matters This article first appeared on Arrowhead Lodge Recovery   Introduction In recent years drug and alcohol treatment programs have grown dramatically in the United States, yet most addiction treatment centers’ programs are designed for all adults, age 18 and older, and both men and women. This broad-based, treatment-for-everyone…

Keep That New Year’s Resolution Year Round: Six Secrets of Keeping Resolutions Fresh
February 6, 2017

Keep That New Year’s Resolution Year Round: Six Secrets of Keeping Resolutions Fresh Each year, forty percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions—and eighty percent of resolvers break their resolutions. You may be among those who have never kept a January 1 promise this far into the year—or who have given up the whole idea.…

Choosing Your Friends Wisely in Recovery
January 30, 2017

Choosing Your Friends Wisely in Recovery My best friend and I quit drinking at the same time. She quit because she was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis and I quit because I was a late stage alcoholic. The fact is, she got the liver I deserved, but she didn’t hold it against me. It’s been almost…

The Lifestyle of Recovery
January 23, 2017

The Lifestyle of Recovery By: Dr. Fred J. Hansen, Ph.D, BCP, LPC, CEO of Life Management Resources  For many who are dependent on alcohol and other substances, lifestyle blocks our recovery.  It is easy to see the problem when we have a bad lifestyle: living with an abusive partner, hanging out with drug-dealing and drug-seeking…