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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Mindfulness in Relationships by Sara Loughlin, LCSW

For this month’s blog post, I wanted to write about using mindfulness in relationships. I am a big fan of mindfulness and think that it can be a very useful tool in dealing with people who are important to us. When we are in a relationship, we often have expectations that the other person behave […]

The Balance between Independence and Dependence by Mack Garland, LCSW

Western culture values independence almost above all else. We are taught from an early age to be strong individuals, able to take care of ourselves. Most of us leave home around the age of 18 to start our independent and individual lives. At the same time, we are hard wired to be a social creature […]

Developing Interdependence by Kimberly Gibson, LPCC

In most intimate relationships, one must strike a balance between independence and dependency. If one is “too” independent in a relationship, then a genuine connection can be hard to foster and maintain. On the other end of the pendulum is too much dependency. If one becomes “too” dependent (needy) in their relationship, one’s partner may […]

A Guide to Co-Commitment by Anna McClelland, LMFT

Clients are often confused about the difference between healthy dependence and independence in relationships vs co-dependence. Developing skills to balance independence and dependence is difficult especially if one is unclear about what healthy attachments look like. When clients are starting to learn new ways of navigating closeness and distance in their relationships, I often recommend […]

Four Tips for Increasing Self-Love in Recovery by Mack Garland, LCSW

Engaging in the recovery process can be one of the most difficult, and life changing experiences on which we can embark. Often because of the arduous nature of recovery we overlook the importance of self-love and self-esteem present in the process. Below are four tips for increasing self-love in recovery. Guilt and Shame (Forgiveness) Everyone […]

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