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Codependency: Understanding Codependent Behaviors 

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What Is Codependency? Some regard codependency as a disorder or a disease, an ailment of the mind, body, and spirit, much in the same fashion as addiction. For people who are living with codependency, the addiction is primarily to people and relationships with people. However, the way that their codependency manifests can be extremely different. … Read On »

Stress Management: Activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System

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The parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems are the two parts of what’s known as our autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for controlling bodily functions that we don’t do consciously such as breath, digestion, and our heartbeat. While the sympathetic nervous system is like a gas pedal that activates the stress response… Read On »

Why Gender-Specific Therapy Groups Matter

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  Men and women have a lot to learn from each other in the recovery process. Though their lives are different, from their anatomy to the way they experience life, men and women still share their humanity, which will always bond them to each other. In mixed therapy groups, men and women have an opportunity… Read On »

The Devastating Effects Of Shame And Stigma

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Shame and stigma surrounding mental illness remains prevalent worldwide. The effects of shame and stigma are devastating, can prevent treatment, and change the way we see people who are in desperate need of healing. Stigma Is A Misunderstanding Of Addiction And Mental Illness ASAM, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, emphasizes that we must recognize… Read On »

Why Is Borderline Personality Disorder Misunderstood?

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often cast as one of the most difficult mental illnesses to diagnose and to treat. Characterized more often by external behaviors rather than internal causes, getting to the root of BPD can be a therapeutic challenge as a complicated web of coping behaviors that have been formulated to protect against… Read On »

Will Family Programming Help My Family Heal?

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When a loved one attends treatment for an addiction, a mental health disorder, or co-occurring mental health disorders, many times there is a family system, along with a family history, which needs healing. The struggles and sufferings of a loved one affect the whole family. In a family system, everyone has a role to play,… Read On »

What Is EMDR?

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What Is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based, integrative form of psychotherapy that has been proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Essentially, EMDR facilitates the healing of the intangible. Experiencing trauma and the ongoing distress of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be like living with an invisible wound. Often, our traumatic… Read On »

Family Dynamics

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Every family has their quirks, which make them stand out from every other family. Beyond quirks, family systems present specific dynamics which both positively and negatively contribute to the function of a family. Each family member has a role to play, which they are either inadvertently given by other members of the family or that… Read On »

Why Trauma-Informed Care Matters

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For many years, the disease of addiction was seen and treated as a singular issue without proper cause or any contributing factor, confounding doctors and researchers alike. Today, we have a comprehensive understanding of what can contribute to the pain and suffering of addiction, from neuroscience to genetics to the experience of trauma. Trauma is… Read On »

Pleasure And The Brain: The Neuroscience Of Why We Seek Dopamine

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  All of our experiences in life are chemically based, meaning, that our brain releases chemicals, specifically chemical messengers, and those chemicals interact with different parts of the brain. From there, the different parts of the brain communicate with each other, with the nervous system, then with the body, creating an overall sensory experience. Pleasure… Read On »