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Learning to Relax

For those suffering from an addiction, the concept of relaxation may be a difficult thing to imagine. As an active user, you may be struggling with chaotic thoughts, actions, and plans. You may find yourself always on the go and never fully understand why. The chaos that typically surrounds addicts can make it challenging toRead More

Finding Self-Respect

Learning to have self-respect and to love yourself can be a challenge that almost everyone faces at some point in their life. We have all had moments where we doubt our worth or cannot seem to appreciate our value. For those suffering from addiction or mental health issues, finding self-respect can be a great challenge.Read More

Learning to Trust

Struggling with addiction and mental health issues often leads to chaotic relationships full of conflict and stress. Whether those relationships are romantic, family, or friendships, trust can be something that is hard to find. Addiction affects far more people than simply the addict, and trust is a two-way street. Many times an addict feels shameRead More

Three Common Misconceptions About Anxiety

As more people begin to open up and talk about mental health, you may be finding that you know more people than you thought with anxiety. At some point or another, everyone will feel some sort of anxiety in their life. Some may experience anxiety during a large test or a presentation, while others struggleRead More

Understanding Dissociation

Dissociation is complicated, as it holds a lot of different connotations. For some, thinking of dissociation immediately leads to thoughts of “dissociative identity disorder.” However, the concept of dissociation encompasses much more than just this one aspect. To a degree, everyone experiences a level of dissociation, and it can be a very useful coping mechanismRead More

Exploring Lightboxes in Addressing Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder, or S.A.D., can turn the winter months into an exceptionally trying time for those in recovery. The dwindling hours of light and colder temperatures can introduce greater feelings of depression, anxiety, and isolation, while also making it more and more difficult to get outside. While this time of year can have aRead More

Finding What Self-Care Means to You

The term “self-care” is used a lot through recovery from both addiction and trauma alike. Many programs will introduce a number of common and effective practices, such as taking a walk, engaging in sport, or watching a movie, in order to engage with one’s own self-care. This is all in an effort to maintain aRead More

Implementing Blackout Times

Scheduling and structuring one’s life, even on a daily basis, is intended to introduce elements of consistency and control through the recovery process. Not only is a person actively taking control of their own day, but they can use this ability to continue to best avoid triggers or unnecessary additional stress. Implementing a blackout timeRead More

Reconnecting With Reality

Traumatic experiences can shape the way that many people view their surroundings. Those in recovery for their own trauma may constantly see dangers or experience anxiety or depression on a regular basis, ultimately affecting their world view. Addressing recovery and implementing any number of regular therapeutic practices is important, but is most effective once aRead More

The Impact of a Single Act of Service

Acts of service can be a very powerful tool through recovery. Simple actions done for others can carry a lot of impact, both for an individual in recovery who is performing the act, as well as for those on the receiving end. Making a habit of doing a single act of service on a dailyRead More