Bonnie Wood

Emotional Health

November 14, 2019
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Are we there yet? Tracking Progress in Recovery

With the diversity of backgrounds, mental health issues, walks of life, and so much more, tracking progress in addiction recovery can be a very personal endeavor, unique to each individual’s process. It is helpful to have a professional counselor, coach, mentor, or therapist to help gauge progress and hold ourselves accountable to the goals and positive changes that we aim […]
November 4, 2019
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An Unlikely Hero: The Benefits of Emotional Support Animals

How would you like to be mindfully present, flowing pure positive energy, and without a care in the world in most moments? Then just try to be more like your dog…Of course, it’s not that simple. But those precious healing qualities are, in fact, part of the energetic impact, that pets can have on those around them, especially if they […]
October 25, 2019
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Becoming Whole Again: How a holistic treatment approach strengthens recovery

What does it mean to reap the benefits of a holistic treatment program? The term “Holistic” has become somewhat of a buzz word online, as well as in the health and healing arenas of life. For some, it may bring up thoughts of basking in relaxing healing practices. For others, it might bring up more skepticism, especially for those who […]
October 16, 2019
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Get your fix of Dopamine: How to increase Dopamine Naturally

Motivate, elevate, concentrate: these are all superpowers effectively influenced by the power of Dopamine. Obviously, they are not superpowers, but they certainly may seem like it to those who have found themselves lacking in these qualities and have turned to drugs for a boost. And a boost is an understatement for the effect of drugs on dopamine levels.  First, let’s […]
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 […]