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Why Trauma-Informed Care Matters

Friday, November 15, 2019

One apt way to describe the phenomenon of trauma is a normal reaction to an abnormal amount of stress. However, everyone experiences trauma differently. For example, an event you view as deeply traumatic, such as coming home to find thieves have broken into your house, may not be troubling for your spouse. Similarly,...


How to Observe “No”vember This Year

Friday, November 8, 2019

Despite all the work you do in rehab, the journey to wellness will begin in earnest once you’re managing your sobriety outside the structured environment of your recovery program. The routine available in treatment helps remove temptations and triggers such as familiar people, places and things, making it easier to focus on your goals. However,...


5 Ways to Celebrate Special Occasions While Sober

Friday, November 1, 2019

When you or your partner get a major promotion at work, it’s someone’s birthday or you make it through a challenging week, it may once have seemed natural for you to reach for alcohol or drugs to help you commemorate the occasion. However, once you are pursuing your sobriety, intoxicating substances are off-limits....


What Is Post-Traumatic Growth?

Friday, October 18, 2019

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a well-documented and well-understood psychological challenge that affects millions of American adults every year. PTSD is a form of anxiety that can make day-to-day life feel like an insurmountable challenge. Constantly reliving your traumatic event in the form of flashbacks or nightmares can...


Ecotherapy

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Ecotherapy is not a new concept but the defining of the approach as a specific therapeutic intervention may seem like a new and outrageous idea. The purpose of “Ecotherapy” is to simply allow nature and our interactions with nature to sooth the soul. I base my Ecotherapy approach upon...


The Benefits of Compassion in Addiction Recovery

Friday, October 11, 2019

During addiction treatment, you will develop many new skills that will provide a solid foundation for your recovery. These include patience with yourself and others, perseverance, self-confidence, inner calm and optimism. One trait that might not immediately come to your mind, but that will serve you well in combination...


The Link Between Trauma and Addiction

Friday, October 4, 2019

Committing to a program of drug and alcohol recovery requires you to address the root causes of why you developed a substance misuse disorder to begin with. Those reasons are different for everyone, but for many people trapped in the cycle of substance abuse, there is a clear-cut connection...


Tips for Making Self-Care Part of Every Day

Friday, September 27, 2019

Self-care is a valuable component of mental health, especially for women in addiction recovery. Taking time for yourself, even if it’s only for a few minutes, can help you remain calmer and more collected. Keeping an even keel is critical if you hope to stay motivated and prevent a...


What Makes Gratitude an Essential Part of Recovery?

Friday, September 20, 2019

Addiction inherently leads to selfish thoughts and behavioral patterns. If you spent years abusing drugs or alcohol, you likely pushed others away in pursuit of your substances of choice. Once you get sober and learn new life priorities, you will have to reevaluate who you are without the presence...