Empowering Women to Recover
September 20, 2017

Women Empowerment in Recovery When clinicians are trying to help women to change, grow, and heal from addictions, it is critical that they place women in environments in which they can experience mutual, empathetic, healthy relationships with their counselors and with one another. Quote: Stephanie Covington Barriers To Treatment For Women Many treatment centers claim…

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What is EMDR?
September 1, 2017

What is EMDR?   EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a method for helping the brain resolve inner conflict.   What does this mean for a potential client?   Your brain can resolve inner conflict!   Most clients come into my office hoping to resolve some emotion or behavior that is blocking them from…

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Coping with End-of-Summer Transitions
August 14, 2017

Coping with End-of-Summer Transitions Stress is a major factor in most cases of addiction relapse. Life transitions are by definition stressful. So it follows that anyone in recovery, and especially in the early stages, does well to approach transition periods with extra caution.   That also applies to “regular” transition periods such as the end…

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Alcohol Facts: The Blackout
July 31, 2017

What Really Happens to Your Brain When You Blackout from Alcohol You jolt awake and realize you’re in a strange bed. Who is lying next to you? What is that stain on your shirt? And what, in the name of all that’s good, is that awful smell?   This intro may remind you of a…

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RECO(very), a new kind of patient care
July 17, 2017

RECO(very), a new kind of patient care   “Coming out of rehab was not the end of the story but the beginning. Getting sober is one thing—I did it hundreds of times—but staying sober is a daily challenge in which there are moments when it comes together and I felt certain I’d done the right…

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Top 3 Proven Benefits of Rhythm in Recovery Settings
July 3, 2017

Top 3 Proven Benefits of Rhythm in Recovery Settings Rhythm – a helpful tool in recovery and mental wellness The scene is similar each time – participants enter a room set up in a circle of chairs, each with a drum in front of it.  Many times, the activity comes as a surprise that the…

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Can’t Fight Love – Safety Net Catches Sober Community
June 26, 2017

Safety Net Catches Sober Citizens – A Sober Living Story   What is Sober Living Like? Here is a story about one facility that can tell you what to expect.   Ever thought about being an acrobat? Does the thought of being an acrobat scare you to death? What if you knew without a doubt, that…

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Avoiding Relapse When Life Gets Overwhelming
June 19, 2017

Avoiding Relapse When Life Gets Overwhelming: Special Hints for Transition Periods   June is traditionally the month for weddings. It’s also a month when many recent graduates are seeking their first full-time jobs. Either situation means major changes in living situations, responsibilities, daily schedules, and/or budgets—not to mention all the planning, decision-making, and to-do lists…

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How Finding My Passion Has Helped Me Stay Sober for 8 Years
June 12, 2017

How Finding My Passion Has Helped Me Stay Sober for 8 Years   Addiction is a life wasted. Sobriety is that life reversed, turned around. Not a quote, my words.   My name is Andy and the last eight and a half years of my life have been sober ones. It hasn’t been easy, to say…

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How I Heal – A Personal Recovery Story
June 5, 2017

How I Heal – A Personal Recovery Story Healing through recovery for me has been one of the hardest but also one of the most amazing gifts that I’ve received.  Before I got sober, there was no healing.  No introspection, no looking at my part, and no taking time for me – none of that existed. …