Mental Health

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 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 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 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 […]
July 22, 2019
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No more Shame: Understanding the Disease of Addiction

No More Shame: Understanding the Disease of Addiction  For years addiction and alcoholism were looked at as a moral deficiency (and for some, still is). Without the current research from prominent neuroscientists, many addicts and alcoholics were tossed aside to bitter ends such as the ineffective justice system, psychiatric wards, or death and suicide.  Today, we have very definitive evidence, […]
June 10, 2019
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The Power of the Mind: An exploration of Psychological Dependence

We know that physical dependence can be very painful and require special detox assistance. We can identify, with observation, the symptoms and measurable affects of both physical addiction and psychological dependence. Though there are distinctions that we consider exclusively physical or psychological, the reality is that there is a symbiotic relationship between physical and psychological dependence. Can you really isolate […]