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Detoxing From a Toxic Relationship

In order to begin the process of detoxing from an unhealthy relationship, I must begin by defining a toxic relationship. A toxic relationship causes you to suffer emotionally, psychologically, spiritually or physically, and works against your health. You give up activities and self-care in order to make the relationship a priority over the care and […]

Detoxing From Attachments for 15 Days

I spent the last 15 days in April 2017 detoxing from coffee, sugar, wheat, and negative thoughts. This has been a wonderful experience and caused me to encourage others to practice too. Disclosure: I’m not a nutritionist, so please consult with your physician before jumping into a cleanse. I decided to conduct this practice in […]

Heal from a Broken Heart by Sara Howard, LMFT

Whether you’re 16 or 86, nothing compares to the insurmountable and dark pain we feel when our heart has been broken. The loneliness, isolation and uncertainty; the ongoing and what feels like never-ending pangs of sheer emptiness in our gut, chest, throat, legs – heck, every part of our body. It is, no doubt, the […]

Help Love Win! By Vonique Schmidt, LPCC

For anyone familiar with the 12-steps, or the 2000 movie 28 Days with Sandra Bullock, it is often said that one should wait until there has been a year of sobriety prior to getting into a new relationship. The thought, as I understand it, is the first year of sobriety should be utilized to focus […]

Sources for Recovery in Relationships by Sarah Frank, LMFT, ATR

Many of us have grown up with the goal of finding and maintaining healthy romantic relationships. In a world where more acceptance is being promoted around different definitions of a “relationship” there are still many fundamental aspects that apply universally. For those of us whose lives have been impacted by some form of addiction, whether […]

Identify Goals & Intentions by Sara Loughlin, LCSW

Happy New Year everyone! This month’s blog theme is about identifying goals and themes for the new year to support your recovery process. I am a big fan of setting goals. If we don’t set goals for ourselves we are like a boat in the ocean without a destination. The boat weathers storms and turns […]

Reflecting and Planning: A Writing Exercise by Sarah Frank, LMFT

As a new year begins I try to look back at what I have gained from the past year as well as ahead to what I hope to cultivate in this one. I don’t think I differ greatly from anyone else when recounting both positive experiences and difficult ones in 2016. In recovery we learn […]

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 […]

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