Cottonwood Tucson

Addiction,Recovery, Therapeutic Fitness, Wellness

I would like from time to time introduce you to my colleagues and co-workers. We have the best staff that I have ever been involved with and I am proud and honored to work these very caring people. Today I would like to introduce our Therapeutic Fitness Consultant Deb Tobias. Hi! I am Deb Tobias....
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Unacknowledged Loss and Grief

Recently I noticed an article in the opinion section of our local newspaper written by the syndicated columnist Leonard J. Pitts, Jr. It caught my interest because of the subject matter. The title is: There’s Nothing Moral About Hating Gays. I agree with the sentiments expressed by Mr. Pitts but something else in the column...
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Pets Addiction Therapy and Recovery

I thought I would provide a little update on the new addition to our family, Pounce. Pounce is a beautiful cat that we recently adopted from the Humane Society. She has been living with us for a short time now and seems happy in her new home. Pounce is the cat that my younger daughter...
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Gratitude for Gifts Received

What are You Grateful For? As the New Year approaches I find myself thinking of how different my life is after 22 years of sobriety. Today I am grateful, not just for the countless gifts I have received but also for the life lessons that brought me to Alcoholics Anonymous. At one of the first...
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Labryinth As A Spiritual Experience

The patients at Cottonwood de Tucson built a labyrinth recently on a Sunday afternoon. The weather was beautiful and the group was excited to get out-of-doors and play a while in the desert. From a pile of rocks and a design drawn in the dirt, they pieced together a seven-circuit labyrinth that measures 21′ in...
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Sober Holidays From Cottonwood de Tucson

A recent article in the New York Times, It’s the Holidays. How About Just One?, (Jim Atkinson, December 8, 2008) caught our attention. The author, an alcoholic with 16 years of sobriety, describes the cultural discourse that supports and encourages the over-use of alcohol at most events during the holidays. The readers, in this case...
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The Use of Journal Writing As a Recovery Tool

“In this poor body, composed of one hundred bones and nine openings, is something called spirit, a flimsy curtain swept this way and that by the slightest breeze. It is spirit, such as it is, which led me to write. . .” Basho Basho was a traveling poet and student of Zen meditation. He is...
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Recovery from Addiction Is A Process

I Learned How Easy It Can Be to Relapse A young lady was having a wonderful last day at Cottonwood de Tucson’s Rocks & Ropes Program. She was attempting climbs rated with difficulty levels of 6.5 and 7. She had completed 5 climbs and was very sure of herself. She told me she wanted to...
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Family Members: Codependent or Grief Stricken?

Codependency Labels Like Codependent or Addict ~ Are they Needed? Cottonwood de Tucson is a unique treatment approach to recovery, putting health and wellness as the central component of healing from addiction and disorders. It feels incongruent to promote people thinking about themselves as a disorder, such as when family members introduce themselves in small...
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Treating Internet Addiction at Cottonwood de Tucson

Rose Hoban’s article titled Internet Addiction: Latest Obsession brings up an interesting topic that is indeed emerging as a challenge for behavioral health professionals. In that article Hoban references Psychologist Louise Nadeau’s statement that “addiction is marked by two phenomena…the first is that a person has a behavior he or she can’t control”, and the...
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