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Setting Intentions in Recovery for the New Year, by Mack Garland, LCSW

“Motivation” Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

Almost all of us at least think of starting the new year off with goals for the coming year. Perhaps none more than people in recovery or people struggling with addiction. We have the opportunity to start the year with a clean slate. Did you know the most popular new year relocation is to lose […]

Transitions and Intentions by Sara Loughlin, LCSW

Fear of Change

We have started 2016 and this transition gives us an opportunity to be present and set our intentions for the new year. The frenetic swirl of the holidays has hopefully slowed down but it is all too easy to get caught up in the business of life (the day-to-day activities such as work and errands […]

Setting an Intention and Taking Action, by Kimberly Gibson, LPCC

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It’s that time of year, a time when one may choose to set an intention or make a plan for the new year. Looking back and reflecting on the past year is a common occurrence in the month of January. When doing so, it can be easy to get caught up and stuck in thoughts […]

Setting Intentions for the New Year, by Anna McClelland, LMFT


There seems to be a “New Year’s Resolution” backlash this year… or maybe it’s been going on for a while now. People seem to be very passionate about how they are NOT going to make a new year’s resolution. I hear things like, “Chhhhh, I don’t even THINK about new year’s resolutions” or “Why would […]

Service as the 12th Step by Kris Winslow, LMFT

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The act of being of service to those in recovery, is simply to be there when someone else in recovery is in need. It does not need to be someone you know, someone in the same meetings as you, or even someone struggling with the same addiction as you. Sometimes it can just be lending […]

Importance of Service by Anna McClelland, LMFT


Why is being in service important during recovery? Why do I have to take out time to focus on someone else’s needs when I do such a bad job of meeting my own? I don’t have the energy to focus on anyone but me right now! Addicts/recovered addicts are generally so self-focused that they have […]

AA Step 12: Being of Service by Sara Loughlin, LCSW

12 Step Meetings

This month’s blog theme is “Being of service while being in recovery.” In AA, this sentiment is basically the 12th step: “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” What this means is once […]

Being of Service While in Recovery by Greg Binns, LMFT

January 21st, 2016 / Chemical Dependence / Coping Skills / No Comments

Years ago, I worked in a residential rehab program that was built on the Therapeutic Community model. One thing this means is that the program emphasizes everyone’s interdependence on one another, and that it takes the approach that a big share of the healing and recovery come from learning how to: have relationships with others, […]

Gratitude in Recovery by Greg Binns, LMFT

November 28th, 2015 / Uncategorized / No Comments

Have you ever been encouraged by anyone to practice an “attitude of gratitude?” Have you ever been annoyed by that suggestion? Be honest, come on. Okay, so given that you’ve answered “yes,” let’s look at what the big deal is with gratitude in recovery. Here’s a short list of reasons why practicing gratitude more often […]

Gratitude to Support Recovery by Kris Winslow, LMFT


  One concept that is a common theme for those in recovery is that of gratitude. An “attitude of gratitude” is thought by many to be the key to happiness and hopefully to sobriety. Unfortunately I have noticed that those who seem to be the biggest vocal proponents of gratitude are the people who really […]

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