Therapy
9 Ways You Can Help Your Therapist
May 22, 2017

9 Ways You Can Help Your Therapist Are you in therapy or thinking about beginning? Sometimes life presents challenging circumstances, ideas, preferences and feelings; many can be addressed in therapy. It will be especially worth your while if you have undergone some major life events like divorce, other significant loss, illness or lifestyle change. Some people…

Substance Abuse & Eating Disorder in Teens
May 15, 2017

Substance Abuse & Eating Disorder in Teens It’s a parent’s worst nightmare – finding out their child or teen is illegally drinking and/or using drugs.   The statistics are alarming.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports a recent rise in marijuana use despite a preceding 10-year period of decline. In 2010, 1.2 percent of…

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4 Ways to Use Affirmations – The Power of Positive Thinking
May 8, 2017

4 Ways to Use Affirmations – The Power of Positive Thinking In AA, someone believed in affirmations and we started saying, “My name is ­­­­____, and I’m an alcoholic.”   If you affirm anything long enough and often enough then our conscious, unconscious and subconscious minds begin to believe it.  When I said by rote…

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Why You Want a Coach – 5-Year Continuum of Care for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
May 1, 2017

Why You Want a Coach – 5-Year Continuum of Care for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Alcoholism and drug addiction are chronic and fatal diseases that require a continuum of care to help the client fully recover physically, mentally and emotionally, behaviorally and spiritually. It is a common myth that detox alone, or, detox and a…

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6 Reasons to Surround Yourself with Sober People While In Recovery
April 24, 2017

6 Reasons to Surround Yourself with Sober People While In Recovery During recovery, you will make lots of new friends who will help you stick to your goals. While letting go of negative influences during your first stage of treatment was hard, you are now ready to embrace meeting new people who support your belief…

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A Mindful Sobriety
April 17, 2017

A Mindful Sobriety   In recent decades, mindfulness and meditation have become popular catch-words, described as the newest pathway to healing in everything from professional journals to pop psychology columns in fashion magazines. The concept of present-centered awareness, though a component of most ancient philosophies and religions, seems to be a experiencing a heroic comeback.…

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Building Emotional Resilience: Bounce Back from Adversity
April 10, 2017

Building Emotional Resilience: Bounce Back from Adversity Resilience 101   “More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and it’s true in the boardroom.” Dean Becker, CEO Adaptiv Learning Systems  …

Don’t Fool Yourself: What 6 Classic Pranks Teach Us About Rationalization
April 3, 2017

Don’t Fool Yourself: What 6 Classic Pranks Teach Us About Rationalization Did you fall for any April Fool jokes this weekend? You may dislike being the butt of a prank, but most of them are harmless enough.   That can’t be said of the rationalizations people use to “fool” themselves into starting, or returning to,…

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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…