How Does Easter Relate to Addiction and Mental Health?

For some people, holidays are good times of the year to spend quality time with family members and friends. But, for other people, holidays can be the worst times of the year. Why? Family gatherings and social functions can be stressful. They might be reminders of unsettling past memories. It is not uncommon to be [...]

By | March 30th, 2018|Blog, Recovery, Stress Management, Strong Relationships and Addiction Recovery, Thinking Distortions|Comments Off on How Does Easter Relate to Addiction and Mental Health?

The Stress Response–Survival and Trauma

The Stress Response--Survival and Trauma The stress response is an innate and instinctive reaction that is both a biological and a psychological experience. It occurs when we are faced with a threat of some sort that overwhelms our sense of being able to cope. It is the trigger for the automatic reaction we have to [...]

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World Events and Stress – Removing Yourself for a Healthy Recovery

World Events and Stress – Removing Yourself for a Healthy Recovery   World events and stress often play a pretty big role in how happy and healthy many people are. It’s not uncommon to experience anxiety and worry over what’s going on in the world, and when you’re working on living clean and sober, these [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Blog, Stress Management|Comments Off on World Events and Stress – Removing Yourself for a Healthy Recovery

Stress and Your Recovery – Are You Doing Enough to Relieve it?

Stress and Your Recovery – Are You Doing Enough to Relieve it?   Stress and your recovery. They shouldn’t go together, but unfortunately, they do. Since stress is a normal part of almost everyone’s life, learning how to soothe it and ease the anxiety and pressure that it’s common to experience is an important skill [...]

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Types of Stress–Not All Stress is the Same

Types of Stress--Not All Stress is the Same Types of stress vary across a range of mild, moderate or severe in their impact. Not only does the intensity of stress vary from situation to situation and person to person, but there are various 'species' of stress as well. We are all susceptible to them, in [...]

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Anger Style–What is Yours? Part 1

Anger Style--What is Yours? Part 1 Anger style is the way in which someone habitually experiences and deals with anger. Given that anger is a normal and even healthy emotion, we all have a particular style. Of course, if you are like countless others who have a substance problem, it is likely that you also [...]

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Anger Style–What is Yours? Part 2

Anger Style--What is Yours? Part 2 Anger style is your pattern of coping with your own anger, that of others and even situations in which you believe there could be anger. We all have ways in which we habitually experience and deal with anger across the board. While it is a normal and healthy emotion in [...]

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Your Anger Style–How Well Do You Manage?

Your Anger Style--How Well Do You Manage? Your anger style may be causing you a lot of problems. If so, there's lots that you can do to turn that around. Despite what you may think, your anger isn't just something you have to deal with as you currently experience it. In fact, we learn how [...]

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Anger Issues–Calming Down in Recovery

Anger Issues--Calming Down in Recovery Anger issues are not just a problem in addiction recovery, of course, but they are rather common among people who have substance use problems. In fact, there are two ways in which anger and substance use are often related: people use substances to self-medicate their anger, and people become angrier [...]

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Reflections on Stress–Finding the Calm Place

Reflections on Stress--Finding the Calm Place Reflections on stress can help us understand one of our most common daily challenges and struggles. In recovery, we find ourselves up against the stress of life without our ordinary coping strategies of obsession, compulsion and substance use. We are faced with the task of coping with stress not [...]

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