Acceptance

April 16, 2020
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Just Take the Next Step: Staying Grounded in Difficult Moments

I can’t see a way through,” said the boy. “Can you see your next step?”  “Yes.” “Just take that,” said the man.  – Charles Mackesy    When we feel lost, afraid, or unsure of what the future holds, we may find our thoughts getting way out in front of us and spiraling out of control, into worst-case scenarios and panic. […]
March 18, 2020
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Discovering Oasis: Why Our Mindfulness-Based Approach to Recovery Makes a Difference

“Mindfulness” has become a buzzword in the past few years, and for good reason. In our fast-paced world with so much stimulation and stress, finding stillness has never been more difficult–or more important.  Although mindfulness practices, such as yoga and meditation, have been used for centuries across the globe, new research data is frequently being released on the proven positive […]
January 28, 2020
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Rehab Redefined

Nature, Adventure, Art Therapy- Oh My! Rehab Redefined  While it’s true that traditional drug and alcohol rehabs have often included many alternative, holistic elements, there is an abundance of research surfacing to back these diverse methods of treatment today. Practices such as adventure therapy, art, and experiential therapies, meditation, and mindfulness, are becoming less of a luxurious addition in rehabs, […]
January 9, 2020
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From Confusion to Clarity: How to Make Sense of the Chaos of Addiction

It happens all the time in the lowest of low states: the urge; the propulsion to figure out the problem.  Whether you’re an addict in the depths of addiction, or a loved one reaching for solutions, there’s a desire to logically and rationally find the cause of a challenging situation, and follow with a nice tidy solution that will set […]
December 7, 2019
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Man or Woman Up: How Gender-Specific Treatment Aids Recovery

Man up. Stop acting like such a girl. Boys don’t cry. Be a man. Stop being so bossy. Stop being so uptight. Your just a know-it-all. The endless phrases re-inforcing gender stereotypes have permeated our society for ages.  These phrases and concepts that suggest things like- men are incapable of feeling anything but madness, or that women are inherently weak, […]
November 23, 2019
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Resting in a Restless World: The Power of Relaxation in Recovery.

We came, we acted, we conquered. This could be the epitaph for much of modern day society: the drive to succeed, achieve, overcome. These motivations and propulsions of powerful energy, though often incredibly effective, leave little room for the intention to simply be, to observe, to allow, to enjoy this existence that so many suffering addicts and alcoholics reach to […]
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 […]