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Recovery Resolutions by Vonique Schmidt, LPCC

When considering how to support your own recovery, first it is essential that you define what recovery means to you and what that might look like in your life. If you are someone struggling with addiction, sobriety does not equate to recovery. The distinction of “recovery” work can be seen when someone is striving to […]

Karpman’s Christmas by Vonique Schmidt, LPCC

When I used to work in Arizona, at a behavioral health facility that catered to folks who had been court-mandated to treatment, I always found it curious how much our census would increase after the holidays. While many of us show up to dinner tables that are filled with love and belonging, others are met […]

Communicating With Difficult People During the Holidays by Sara Loughlin, LCSW

The holidays are a wonderful time of year for some, a very stressful time for others, and a mixture of both for many people. One of the factors that leads to stress is getting together with family members. Many of us have difficult relationships with some of the people in our families, and anxiety and […]

Self-Care During the Holidays by Sarah Frank, LMFT, ATR

I’m thinking of an advertisement I have heard on Pandora, probably about 20 times at this point. It includes sound clips of the “interesting” family members you could be staying with over the holidays or you can click on the ad to find a great deal on a hotel nearby. For me this brings up […]

Gratitude Supporting Recovery by Sara Howard, LMFT

November 23rd, 2016 / Chemical Dependence / Coping Skills / No Comments

Gratitude is defined as “a feeling of appreciation or thanks,” (Gratitude, n.d., http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gratitude). Seems pretty simple, right? Not always. For someone recovering from addiction it can be hard to be grateful. Staying positive and focused on the good things in one’s life is challenging. To aid in this process, a Gratitude List can be extraordinarily […]

Grieving & Gratitude by Vonique Schmidt, LPCC

A few weeks ago, a client* looked at me and asked a version of this question: “How am I supposed to go around the table, listen to why everyone else is grateful, and say what I’m grateful for?” He followed this up with, “I’ll just have to fake it I guess…” Having lost his mother […]

The Thanksgiving Holiday & the Practice of Gratitude by Sara Loughlin, LCSW

The Thanksgiving holiday is centered around family, friends, nourishment, and the concept of gratitude– giving thanks for what we have. Having a mindset of gratitude in everyday life can be a great tool to use against depression and anxiety and the negative thoughts that accompany them. Bringing our attention to what is going well in […]

Gratitude for Hardship by Sarah Frank, LMFT, ATR

Such is the course of life that we, at times, face challenges, struggles, disappointments, and loss. In recovery, it is important to consistently remind ourselves of our strengths, accomplishments, and resiliency because this helps us to see the metaphorical glass as neither half empty nor half full but as a container for all of life’s […]

Ways to Manage Anxiety by Sara Loughlin, LCSW

Anxiety is an all too common side effect of our modern, fast-paced life. A little bit of anxiety is natural and even beneficial– anxiety before an interview or before a date can help motivate us to prepare and do our best. However, when the anxiety becomes intrusive, and is a daily presence in our lives, […]

The Paradox of Fear by Vonique Schmidt, LPCC

Halloween is that time of year when we curl up on the couch, grab some popcorn, and put in a horror movie. We might spend the next few nights checking under our beds, closing closet doors, and taking extra precautions to ensure our safety. Fear is an interesting emotion because it serves several different functions. […]

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