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BEING AWARE: Emotional Triggers

BEING AWARE: Emotional Triggers

BEING AWARE: Emotional Triggers  Addiction or other disordered behaviors are learned responses to emotional triggers Everyone has emotional triggers, but WHY do we all have triggers? Briefly, because as children we likely experienced pain or suffering that we could...

Getting to the Root of Addiction

Getting to the Root of Addiction

Getting to the Root of Addiction The journey to recovery is more than just dealing with the symptoms of the addictive behavior. Just quitting is not usually enough to keep the behavior from reoccurring. Knowing the underlying causes, the roots, can aid in recovery....

Dual Diagnosis: What’s the Connection?

Dual Diagnosis: What’s the Connection?

Dual Diagnosis: What's the Connection?  Dual Diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, is when a person simultaneously experiences a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder. Symptoms of one disorder trigger the other. While either can develop first, by far the most...

What About New Year’s Eve?

What About New Year’s Eve?

What About New Year's Eve? You made it through the Holidays with your sobriety and/or mental stability intact. Not a small feat at all. Most people struggle at times during the holidays without the added stress of staying sober or keeping your anxiety in check. And,...

How Do I Ask For Help?

How Do I Ask For Help?

How Do I Ask For Help?  We are not here alone. There are many, many others on this planet that we can reach out to for support, assistance, guidance and much more. Yet, we choose to go it alone quite often when what we need the most is help. Why is it so hard to ask...

Is My Teen Using Drugs?

Is My Teen Using Drugs?

Is My Teen Using Drugs?  Has your teenage son or daughter been behaving noticeably and drastically different? Is your gut telling you there’s something not quite right? Here are suggestions to help you if you suspect your child is using drugs. One of the most trying...

Abandoning the Shame of Mental Illness

Abandoning the Shame of Mental Illness

Abandoning the Shame of Mental Illness The #metoo movement has released a deluge of once hidden and shame provoking confessions of abuse and assault. The seeming irreparable damage done to those by the abusers is heartbreaking. Being abused makes it much more likely...

CREATIVITY IN TREATMENT

CREATIVITY IN TREATMENT "The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating." Pearl Buck—1938 Nobel Prize-winning...

Coping With Eating Disorders During the Holidays

Coping With Eating Disorders During the Holidays Holiday gatherings with family and friends can trigger anxiety in just about anyone. Although for many, the holidays are a time of indulgence without the unnecessary shame.  For those who are struggling with an eating...

Maintaining Your Recovery During the Holidays

Maintaining Your Recovery During the Holidays The holiday season can be challenging for anyone. For those in recovery, the holiday’s can be especially daunting. Family gatherings or special holiday functions can trigger feelings of loneliness, stress or depression....