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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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