What is Hygge? The Key To A Sober Holiday

what is hygge

What is Hygge? The Key To A Sober Holiday Hygge—roughly pronounced “HUE-guh”—is a Danish word that has been adopted into the English language because no English word properly captures the concept. The closest equivalent is “coziness,” but hygge also implies self-pampering, companionship, soft light, good food, simplicity, and freedom from concern. It also implies an

RECO(very), a new kind of patient care

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“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 thing, then times when it was painfully hard,”

Coping with End-of-Summer Transitions

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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 of

What is EMDR?

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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 living the way they want to. These

Change the Viewing, Change the Doing – Meditation as a Fear Conqueror

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Change the Viewing, Change the Doing On a daily basis our society requires us to operate within a great amount of tunnel vision through activities such as driving, reading, and the ubiquitous use of electronics. Focusing with our eyes directs energy. In tunnel vision everything is focused with visual emphasis, no other senses are in

How Finding My Passion Has Helped Me Stay Sober for 8 Years

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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

Building Emotional Resilience: Bounce Back from Adversity

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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  

Overcoming Addiction Led Me to Heaven

Overcoming Addiction Led Me to Heaven Carrie Fisher once said “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell” and I agree wholeheartedly. Getting to sobriety has been one of the most difficult paths I have ever taken, and staying sober has been difficult as well, but incredibly rewarding. My name is

When Treatment Becomes Necessary

When Treatment Becomes Necessary The late 80’s and early 90’s was an interesting time in treatment.  I cut my teeth as a newly certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor (CADAC) in a Houston based psychiatric/addiction hospital.  This small facility was an amazing place to learn about treatment.  Some of the best psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists

The Augustine Recovery Center

The Augustine Recovery Center The Augustine Recovery Center is proud to call North East Florida home. It’s been eight months since our doors have opened, and we’re thrilled to offer a unique alternative into the field of recovery. We approach each new day with unwavering faith and gratitude, we are extremely excited about the work