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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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young family playing games at home - parents
05
Mar

Tips for Parents in Recovery

Parenting Parenting is a subject often fraught with insecurities, doubts, guilt, and unsolicited advice. Most people wonder if they’re doing it “right”—even though each family dynamic is different. For example, here are some top articles on Parents.com: “Thoughts We’ve All Had While Reading Parenting Message Boards” “It’s Impossible to Give Each of Your Kids Your...
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happy young hispanic couple talking at home - your relationships
12
Feb

Strengthening Your Relationships

When you go through trauma or addiction, different relationships in your life often experience changes. In some respects, this might be a good cleansing opportunity to release people who are negative influences and who don’t respect your healthy choices. Emotional Intelligence On the other hand, you might have some individuals who supported you through every...
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woman with notebook thinking about what to write - resolutions
20
Dec

Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions

Do resolutions work? The short answer is not usually. The long answer has more to do with understanding how we form habits and what motivates us to replace old habits with more progressive expressions of intent. The practice of setting New Year’s resolutions is connected to the belief that entering a new year is like...
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smiling woman writing notes or Christmas cards - holiday traditions
12
Dec

Establishing New Holiday Traditions During Recovery

Breaking the Mold While advertising campaigns and the media often portray the holiday season in the same merry ways every year, sometimes people in recovery feel there are more complications than joys during this time. They might find it challenging to talk with relatives about where they are in sobriety, or struggle with a sense...
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