October 4, 2019
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Who are you? How Mindfulness and Meditation help to re-create the Self

Who are you? Are you your thoughts: The stories that you’ve told yourself for so long that perhaps you can’t even identify the specifics of, that perhaps are just identified as feelings or comparisons, or subtle identifying qualities, judged or affirmed? Are you your body: Growing, impacted by environment, deteriorating in less-than-ideal circumstances, and finally merging into the earth that has […]
September 25, 2019
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Knowledge is Power: Advancements in Addiction Treatment

Recently some of the oasis staff had the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field of addiction treatment at the Pavillon Advancements in Addiction Treatment Conference in Asheville, NC. One of the most important aspects of treating any disease or disorder is taking into account that the only constant in life is change, this is true at the […]
September 19, 2019
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Healing from the Inside Out: The profound effects of Art Therapy

“Creativity gives rise to the limited out of the unlimited, To sanity out of madness, To the valuable out of the priceless, To abundance out of nothingness, To the original out of the familiar, And to hope out of despair.” -Wallace Huey We come in from the whirlwind of addiction hopeless, broken, and searching for meaning out of all we […]
September 11, 2019
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EMDR: Healing Trauma and Changing Lives

Ever wish you could put a bandaid on past mental trauma, like a scraped knee on a child, and move along with the joys of life? Although it’s not that simple, there is a therapeutic technique that brings a lot more ease and simplicity into the process of healing from past trauma: EMDR.  This therapeutic approach manages to break down […]
September 9, 2019
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Understanding Shame

For an individual with healthy coping skills, a small amount of shame (often referred to as guilt) can be an effective motivator for adjusting attitudes and behaviors to better align with one’s vision for themselves.  But for many who have experienced trauma, or have been subjected to shaming belief systems at a young age, the shame factor is over-active and […]
August 30, 2019
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Life is Magic: Mindfulness+New Experiences = More Freedom

Most of us experienced some magic in life at a young age; the awe-like wonder of a small child entranced with new things, new experiences; not rushed by the obligatory demands of time and pressure. Over time we get talked out of the magic, out of the interest, into obligation, into demands from well-intentioned or not-so-well intentioned adults. Many of […]
August 28, 2019
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Self-Care is not Selfish: The Importance of Self-Care When Getting Clean and Sober

Many argue that addiction is a societal disease, driven by the endless compulsion for more, and by action based on feelings of lack. One perspective is that addiction is worsened by an imbalanced drive to consume, achieve, conquer.  While energies of desired progress are by no means unhealthy in and of themselves, when they replace balance, and ignore the quiet […]
August 20, 2019
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Seeking New Horizons: The Transformative Power of Adventure Therapy

There is perhaps no venture that combines coping skills, self-learning, and therapeutic insight in as hands-on and vivid a way as adventure therapy. To see in new ways, under new circumstances, with budding understandings, is one of the most effective catalysts for building new neural pathways, and cultivating new aspects of one’s identity- both crucial for learning to live free […]