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The Power of Experiential Therapy

By | 2017-10-09T18:53:32+00:00 October 9th, 2017|

At the bottom of every person's dependency, there is always pain. Discovering the pain and healing it is an essential step in ending dependency. ― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure The world of mental disorder treatment has long stood on a foundation of uncertainty. Some say that these disorders can be cured by taking a pill with the proper chemical combination. Others say the key is counseling, therapy, and a strong social network. But like so many things, the truth most likely lies in a combination of the two. Along with other [...]

Too Busy to Meditate – Is Mindfulness That Important for My Well-Being?

By | 2017-03-23T17:01:36+00:00 December 18th, 2016|

Usually, it is how your mind interprets a stressful or traumatic life event  – not the event itself – that will create the urgent desire to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. To let go of burdensome stress or pain, many people in recovery practice mindfulness meditation to help them manage their everyday life. What Is Mindfulness Meditation and How Does It Apply to Recovery? Mindfulness is purposely focusing your awareness of what is happening in your life at the present moment. This focus allows you to react to consciously and deliberately RESPOND to problems, rather [...]

Healing Anxiety & Addiction with Art

By | 2017-06-05T23:12:23+00:00 March 14th, 2015|

How Art Can Help Anxiety Related to Addiction We all have times when we feel nervous or anxious.  Feelings of nervousness and anxiety are normally related to something that we perceive as difficult to handle.   For example, having to perform a task for the first time might create some fear of embarrassment or failure.  Imagining the worst, the person will be experiencing all the uncomfortable sensations as if they were doing the task.  The brain goes on auto-pilot and kicks in to the fight-or-flight mode. Self-medicating can temporarily relieve anxiety.  A glass of wine, a [...]

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