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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…

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,…

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.…

No Time for Happiness? 7 Principles for Embracing Your Limits
December 12, 2016

No Time for Happiness? 7 Principles for Embracing Your Limits Fewer people are “driven to drink” by tragedy than by the everyday stress of “keeping up.” It doesn’t matter whether your daily schedule revolves around entering data into a computer, taking care of children, or volunteering with Habitat for Humanity: just when you think you’ve…

Resisting Relapse When it Rains on Your Parade
October 17, 2016

Resisting Relapse When it Rains on Your Parade “Into each life some rain must fall,” said Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Those who recently lived through Hurricane Matthew are probably thinking right now that they’ve had enough metaphorical and literal rain for one lifetime. Whether your “flood of rain” comes in the form of a literal deluge,…

Live and Learn: Top 10 Ways to Stay a Lifelong Learner
August 15, 2016

Live and Learn: Top 10 Ways to Stay a Lifelong Learner As the 2016–17 school year opens, parents and kids are preparing for major changes in routine. You may be thinking about going back to school yourself, especially if a bout with chemical dependence interrupted your education. But even if you have all the degrees…

5 Ways to Cope with Summer’s Special Challenges
June 20, 2016

5 Ways to Cope with Summer’s Special Challenges Long after final graduation, most people still find summer the ideal time to slow down and relax. Leisure travel increases, organizations suspend regular meetings, and 9-to-5 businesses slow their production schedules. Families with schoolchildren make major adjustments in daily routines. Weddings and outdoor events surge in frequency.…

7 Reasons Why Staying Healthy Is Fun
7 Reasons Why Staying Healthy Is Fun
March 7, 2016

7 Reasons Why Staying Healthy Is Fun To many people, with or without substance-abuse struggles, “healthy living” is the lesser of two evils. No one wants the inconvenience and danger of heart trouble; no one aspires to obesity that makes crossing the room exhausting; but when it comes to preventative wellness, we often visualize a…