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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 […]
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 […]
June 20, 2019
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Eternal Rest, in a pill: The Dangers of Sleeping Pill Abuse

There is nothing like the chaos of addiction to spur the longing for peace and rest, the kind that knocks you out and puts you out of your misery for a night. But what about when a night’s rest turns into eternal rest. Sleeping pill overdoses are on the rise amongst addicts, often unintentionally. Why are so many addicts and […]
May 8, 2019
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Finding New Connections: The Importance of Community in Recovery

People, people, people… people everywhere. We love them, we judge them, we want to be close to them, and we want solitude and respite from them. Many of us acknowledge a certain intrinsic connection to these others- our human family; our fellow members of a diverse, and often perplexing, species. We bring out similarities in each other, and differences of […]
April 19, 2019
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Acceptance is a Key: How to Tame the Desperate Longing for More

Some say addiction is a societal disease- tied to the act of endless consumption; never enough; more, more, more. Emily Fletcher, the founder of Ziva Meditation, talks about it as the “I’ll be happy when..” Syndrome; This notion that if I could just get more I would find Nirvana… or at least a better feeling. And for addicts and alcoholics, […]