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yellow and black triangular warning sign against brick wall - relapse symptoms
09
Oct

Warning Signs of Potential Relapse

Sometimes living healthfully requires more dedicated focus. Stressful work issues, family or relationship problems, recurring trauma, financial difficulties, and even the strain of national or world events all throw obstacles onto your wellness path. If you are in recovery and feeling “off”, it’s important to examine why and reach out for support. Potential Relapse Symptoms...
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woman doing yoga at home in front of laptop - yoga practice
23
Sep

Creating a Gentle Yoga Practice

Everyone can benefit from a gentle yoga practice. Making time to move even a little bit each day and focus on your breath prompts many natural healing responses that benefit mind and body. Whether you’re in addiction recovery or learning how to effectively manage mood and mental health disorders, yoga offers many advantages. Scientific Support...
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illustration of dark cave looking out of entrance shaped as human head, onto a beach - EMDR therapy
03
Sep

EMDR Is Not a Band – It Is a Powerful Therapeutic Tool

Acronyms and abbreviations can be difficult to decode. They are intended to shorten communication—whether written or spoken—so that we don’t have to use the full name of something over and over. But sometimes that doesn’t really help make things more clear. Sometimes it just makes things more confusing than they need to be. What Does...
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pretty African American woman looking in mirror at her face - body dysmorphia
20
Aug

Understanding Body Dysmorphia

Everyone has days when they don’t feel they look their best, or wish they didn’t have a scar or some other type of flaw in their appearance. So when do these feelings actually become a problem? Body dysmorphia, also referred to as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), is a mental health condition defined by someone’s emotional...
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coffee, muffin, and journal sitting on bed in morning - establishing routines
20
Jul

The Importance of Routines and Rituals

When a person manages their life well, it’s likely that routines and rituals have a large role in their success. Whether you’re trying to live sober, follow healthy methods for handling a mood or behavioral disorder, or recognize that your self-empowerment requires more structure, here are some reasons why establishing routines and rituals might help....
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zen sand sculpture with black rocks - calm
25
May

Cultivating Calm

Some people seem to have a natural predisposition for ease and tranquility. When faced with adversity or just handling concerns or annoyances of daily life, they hardly ever appear ruffled or upset. The rest of us have to work at staying calm. Fortunately, there are many techniques readily available to make the process easier. Balance...
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doctor in office with patient - talking at desk - whole person assessments
12
May

Whole Person Assessments for In-Depth Care: Interview With Tab Hoyt

For many people to experience lasting recovery and renewed wellness, it’s not enough for an organization to simply address the symptoms of an apparent condition. When the professionals at Cottonwood Tucson talk about using whole-health principles, this approach is far more comprehensive than most people ever experience, and it leads to greater success. About Tab...
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Kathleen Parrish, MA, LPC Senior Director of Clinical Operations and Community Outreach
07
Apr

Taking Care of Our Mental Health During a Pandemic

The following is a message from Kathleen Parrish, Cottonwood’s Senior Director of Clinical Operations and Community Outreach: I love to look at houses. I could spend entire weekends wandering through “Open House” events, admiring each home as though it were a museum. I love the stalwart charm of older homes with their unique fixtures and...
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woman on laptop using video conferencing - online
01
Apr

Online Support Groups Available For Recovery

The Social Distancing Mandate As a country, we’ve been mandated to practice social distancing. Social distancing means avoiding group gatherings, crowded retail stores, playdates, gyms, church, and any other situation where close contact to other people might increase the spread of disease. The Arizona government recently implemented many social distancing actions to ensure public safety....
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hand holding together a broken wooden piece shaped like a person - trauma
20
Mar

Connection Between Trauma and Process Addictions

When people struggle with trauma, they often strive to project an aspect of normalcy. If they haven’t sought professional treatment to remedy the effects of trauma, or the therapeutic approach wasn’t successful, they frequently revert to other coping mechanisms to shield themselves. Coping Mechanisms Unfortunately, not all coping mechanisms are healthy, and some will compound...
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