Finding Your Spirituality

Spirituality plays a pivotal role on the road to recovery from addiction. Developing a sense of a “higher power” can push us to make significant strides toward healing our mind and body in a way that may have been unachievable otherwise. Even though finding a higher power or spiritual connection may be difficult for most, once it is found, it becomes a very important part of recovery. A simple step to finding your spirituality is to start with a connection. A few questions that can help you...
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The Dance of Addiction

The long road of recovery is sure to bring one thing: change. Good or bad, change is always uncomfortable and exhausting. We resist change, for better or worse, and in doing so risk sabotaging our progress, or worse, our loved one’s progress. Imagine yourself dancing with a partner in a well-choreographed dance. You don’t particularly like the dance or the music, but you know the steps and are completely in sync. Suddenly, one of the dancers changes the moves, or worse, the music. A fam...
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The Discovery Phase of Recovery

With addiction, pleasure and enjoyment become deeply linked with the drug or behavior of choice. Once a client stops the behavior they often feel that “something is missing,” or that they do not know how to enjoy life to the fullest. I’d like to share some of my approaches to working with the “discovery” phase of recovery because I think that they can help anyone live a more enjoyable and creative life. In mental health, we often use a 3-phase conceptualization of healing which was fi...
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The Secret to Coping: Aware, Accept, Act

Three, easy to remember, words that basically sum up “coping skills.” Try this out next time you are feeling upset or dissatisfied in any way. Aware – We have to have enough distance from what’s happening to be aware of it. If we are “mindlessly” doing something, or impulsively doing something, we are not aware. Accept – Not accepting reality can take many forms: a vague irritability, righteous anger, feeling like a victim, acting distant or shut-down, etc. I...
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