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Affirmations to Build Better Habits

Focusing on Replacement Habits As we’re working to recover, we discover that many of our habits are harmful to our health and detrimental to our sobriety. We want to break these habits, and we often work on doing this by focusing on them because now that we’re practicing mindfulness, we’re observing ourselves do these badRead More

Mindful Detachment From Our Thoughts

As we’re working to heal from our mental health issues, we learn more about how to control our thought patterns so that we’re not causing ourselves mental and emotional pain, sabotaging our recovery and keeping ourselves sick. One powerful way to control our thoughts is by using the practice of detaching from and observing ourRead More

How Can Prayer Help Us Heal?

Sometimes as we’re healing, we feel emotions that can overwhelm us so much and be so debilitating that they feel as though they are detracting from our recovery. When we feel helpless, when we feel powerless and out of control, when we’re consumed with fear, we can feel like we’re going backward in our recoveryRead More

Why Do We Question Our Faith?

For many of us struggling with addiction and mental illness, our faith in a higher power is something we’ve been able to rely upon in difficult times, to hold us steady as we undertook emotional journeys and overcame life hurdles. Our faith gives us comfort, peace, and solace. It reminds us we’re going to beRead More

Can Mindfulness Help Us Manage Cravings?

When we’re hit with addictive cravings and temptation, we can feel overwhelmed and overpowered, scared we’ll relapse and fall off the wagon, retreating back into our addictive patterns. Sometimes the onslaught of the accompanying challenging emotions – fear, shame, insecurity, self-hate – can be so forceful and overwhelming that they contribute to the temptation we’reRead More

Reconnecting with Self and Others

Addiction is sometimes considered to be an illness of disconnection with the remedy therefore being one of connection. When struggling with addiction, we tend to disconnect in various ways. We become disconnected from our inner selves by treating ourselves with self-hatred and judgment. We disconnect from other people when we isolate ourselves, when we chooseRead More

Spiritual Development for Recovery

When we’re struggling with addiction, we can be so consumed by the challenges of our everyday lives, the logistics of just making it through the day, the tough issues, circumstances and relationships we find ourselves struggling with, that we don’t make time for our spiritual development. We neglect the health of our spirits in muchRead More

The Benefits of Holistic Healing

Traditional forms of treatment for addiction and mental illness don’t always tackle all of our systems simultaneously, our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual systems as a whole. They often will treat, but not cure, individual symptoms without addressing the underlying reasons as to why we’re so unwell. Some medications, for example, will make a particularRead More