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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 […]

Finding Love in Recovery by Sara Loughlin, LCSW

Finding love in recovery can be challenging, but it can also be much more rewarding, healthy, and lasting than any relationship while one is in their addiction. Real love requires intimacy, which is something that the very nature of addiction blocks. People in their addiction will often escape the difficulties of a relationship by using, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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