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Avoiding Relapse When Life Gets Overwhelming

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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 that go into making the actual transition happen. Even when they represent

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

9 Ways You Can Help Your Therapist

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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 use psychotherapy to understand themselves and

4 Ways to Use Affirmations – The Power of Positive Thinking

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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 at the beginning of my sobriety “I’m an alcoholic,” a part of

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

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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 30-day inpatient treatment stay sufficiently rehabilitates the client to never drink or use again. In

6 Reasons to Surround Yourself with Sober People While In Recovery

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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 in sobriety. Among the many friends you will meet are those

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  

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, harmful drugs. Often, as with the classic prank, the trap is extremely