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Why is Self-Love Critical for Recovery?

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Those of us living with addiction and mental health issues are no strangers to insecurity and low self-esteem. We lack the confidence and sense of self to prioritize our health and well-being. We reject ourselves so much that we compound our own mental and emotional pain. This can make us resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms… Read On »

Can You Travel for Healing?

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Before we recover, some of us attempt to escape addiction with a “geographical cure.” In other words, we move or travel as a way to “outsmart” addiction – a plan which is doomed to failure. But once we recover, can travel help us to grow and heal? Many people associate travel with leisure, with going… Read On »

4 Ways to Fight Fatigue Early in Addiction Recovery

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  It’s common to feel fatigued early in addiction recovery. Exactly why you feel fatigued depends on your specific circumstances, though all of them relate to brain health. For example, if you’re recovering from a cocaine addiction, your brain is trying to function without the powerful stimulant it has come to rely on. If you’re… Read On »

4 Ways to Manage Your Expectations in Addiction Recovery

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  There are several reasons it’s good to manage your expectations going into addiction recovery. You obviously have to have some expectation that your life will improve, otherwise, it’s hard to stay motivated. However, expecting too much too soon can be discouraging. No one has the exact same experience of recovery, but there are inevitably… Read On »

Is All-or-nothing Thinking Hurting Your Recovery?

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Our thoughts, emotions, health, and behavior are all inextricably linked. When any one of these components is altered, the others within that system are as well. For people in recovery from substance use or co-occurring disorders, acknowledging this connection can improve our ability to lead healthy lives. All-or-nothing thinking is a cognitive distortion that can… Read On »

What Exactly Is PsychoNeuroPlasticity (PNP)?

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If you break the term up into its three parts, Psycho-Neuro-Plasticity, it states a psychological-brain-change. When we practice the principles of PsychoNeuroPlasticity, we change our brains psychologically and sometimes even physically. And guess what? We have 100 billion neurons with the ability to change. “Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor… Read On »

Harvesting Gratitude

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“You should be grateful for what you have.”   This suggestion is often given to alcoholics, whether in active addiction or during their recovery. The topic of “gratitude” is frequently proposed in 12 Step discussion meetings, and if you have ever been in such a meeting, you know that the dialogue which follows can quickly… Read On »

Selling Oranges

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by Dr. John Dyben, Chief Clinical Officer, Origins Behavioral HealthCare I was once told a story about a little boy living in Guatemala City. Every day, this boy would board the hot, busy, crowded buses trying to sell oranges from a bag he carried with him. The boy would go up to people and say… Read On »

Waiting to Address Addiction Till After the Holidays? Don’t.

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Anyone who’s part of a family knows that when one member of the family is sick or in crisis, the entire family is affected. Those who’ve faced holidays with an addicted loved one know that these effects can be even more pronounced during the holiday season. Holiday Stress, Magnified Hectic preparations, prolonged interaction with family… Read On »

The Power of Faith

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by Connie Motley, Executive Clinical Director, Origins South Padre I was recently asked to represent Origins in Denver and New York City. This prompted me to give considerable thought to what it is that we are doing and just what is the goal of recovery. It occurred to me we are bearers of hope for… Read On »