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Breaking Through Denial: A Guide

In our previous Alumni blog, we discussed denial. We took a look at what denial is in a positive light and a negative light. At worst, denial is the way we avoid stepping into transformation. At best, denial is the way we prepare ourselves to step into transformation. What keeps us from stepping up toRead More

Denial: A Guide

Denial is perhaps one of the more quixotic phenomenons which takes place in our mind. Too often, we strictly see denial as something negative or some kind of a deficient default we resort to when we refuse to or find ourselves incapable of coping with a difficult truth. In part, this view on denial isRead More

Do You Need New Support?

In our early years of recovery trauma and various manifestations of trauma, we come to rely on a specific system of support. Along with our clinical team and our peers in treatment, we work to define who and what our support system needs to be and we build it accordingly. Through family therapy, we rebuildRead More

The Desire Not To Feel And The Importance Of Feeling It Anyway

Substance addictions, process addictions, emotional addictions, and any other habit we develop in life as a coping mechanism is generally purposed in one direction: to help us feel, or not feel, something we are having a hard time comprehending the feeling of. Trauma is inexplicable in its actual nature. An event, or a series ofRead More

Why You Should Be Developing Self-Love In Recovery

A leader and beloved guide of the self-help movement and beyond, Louise Hay, once said “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Trauma teaches us unfortunate lessons about ourselves, our relationship to the world, and our place in the world as a humanRead More

The Trauma Of Breaking Up

A broken heart has been the lament and inspiration of our entire lifetime as feeling-prone human beings. We were programmed to bond, to connect, to mate, to reproduce, and to stay bonded for a lifetime. Our ideals of romance, love, and partnership have changed significantly over time and the way we relate to romance, love,Read More