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Recovery
worried looking woman at home with mask on - COVID and mental illness
15
Apr

COVID and Mental Illness

The impact of coronavirus is more than just physical or economical. Mentally and emotionally, most people feel the strain of the pandemic in numerous ways. The question now is, how do we heal from it, and where do we turn for help? COVID Simply Isn’t Over Yet As of this writing, there are nearly 30...
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closeup image of eye with lens flare - brainspotting
01
Mar

What Is Brainspotting and How Will It Help You?

Treatment for substance addiction, co-occurring disorders, process addictions, and mood conditions might not be effective without taking into account an individual’s full life and experiences. One aspect often overlooked in cookie-cutter approaches is the impact of trauma. Many therapeutic approaches can effectively address trauma, including a relatively new application: brainspotting. How Trauma Affects the Brain...
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woman looking stressed, with hand on head, thinking - willpower
26
Jan

Willpower, Addiction, and Recovery

Too often, someone who doesn’t understand addiction as a brain disease might say, “Well, if they really wanted to quit, they would.” This myth is all too common, and makes it even more challenging for people to consider substance abuse treatment and recovery. Willpower alone can’t help stop addiction—but it might aid aspects of recovery...
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pretty dark haired woman smiling while sitting on couch in room with Christmas tree - holiday season
02
Dec

How to Have a Sober Holiday Season

Whether you’re newly sober or in long-term recovery, the holiday season can be both full of joy and full of stress. It’s easy to be boxed in by lofty expectations, even with the best intentions. If you use a 12-Step program as one of your sobriety wellness tools, it’s easier to understand why even the...
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Black Dad in front seat of car high-fiving his daughter in the backseat - holiday season road trip
18
Nov

Enjoying a Memorable 2020 Holiday Season

Without a doubt, the majority of us will be happy to leave 2020 behind. As the holidays approach, we might still be navigating the mental, emotional, and physical ramifications we’ve experienced these past few months, as well as adjusting to a new “normal.” But if we keep our expectations flexible, 2020 could bring the best...
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illustration in bright colors depicting holistic wellness - holistic treatments
11
Nov

Holistic Treatments to Help Recovery

When medical professionals talk about mind-body wellness, what does this actually mean? It’s an acknowledgment of the connection between all aspects of self: our physical well-being, our mental and emotional health, and even our spiritual center, or soulful intent. Whole-Person Wellness Without question, medical applications are necessary for progressive health. After all, if you break...
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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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