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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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