Cottonwood Tucson Blog

woman with notebook thinking about what to write - 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...
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smiling woman writing notes or Christmas cards - holiday traditions
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...
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man sitting on the edge of his bed with hand in his hair looking stressed - anxiety and addiction
A Connection Many people who experience anxiety are also challenged by substance abuse. Additionally, researchers have reason to believe that anxiety—and other mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—contribute to the reasons why someone may...
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closeup of someone playing game on mobile phone in front of computer - gaming
Video games date back to the 1950s. A British professor created a simple tic-tac-toe computerized game as part of his dissertation in 1952. To demonstrate the abilities of the latest analog computer and oscilloscope screen, a researcher in New York...
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closeup of young woman with knees to chest in window nook - Christmas lights seen through window - loneliness
Feeling lonely can happen any time of year, but it’s often more apparent during the holiday season. Loneliness is a valid emotion, and it’s fine to acknowledge it. It’s also a feeling you can change with a certain level of...
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young man meditating in lotus position - meditation
Once Misunderstood–Now Recommended At one time, meditation was misunderstood, and few people considered it a viable option for improved health. Now, scientific studies confirm that various forms of meditation provide benefits that, while still unique to each individual, are quantifiable...
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woman comforting friend - enabling
You Want to Help When someone you love is in pain, it’s a natural impulse to want to help in any way you can. If you feel you’ve contributed to this misery in some form, the urge to absolve yourself...
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You’re working through recovery. You take a look around you and notice all that you have. How did you get so lucky to make it through this life-changing situation? You know what it feels like to be on the other...
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stressed woman holding credit cards and looking down at statements - compulsive shopping
Americans love to shop. In 2018, overall retail spending in the United States exceeded $3.6 trillion. Retail e-commerce purchases in America totaled $517.36 billion—more than any other country. In addition, more people use smartphones to shop rather than laptops/desktops than...
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