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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 »

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 »

Darkness Doesn’t Fall At Night

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During the daytime, it is easy to stay busy and distracted from what can sometimes be overwhelming and uncomfortable thoughts about drinking and using. When the sun is out, or if it isn’t out, during the working hours of the day, the world is alive and buzzing. We can hop onto that current and ride… Read On »

Make The Most Of Meditation

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Meditation can and will change our lives with regular practice. To make the most of our meditation time, we need only to follow a few simple suggestions. Set A Meditation Time Meditation is an “any time” practice – you can practice meditation in any way you want, any time of day, as long as you… Read On »

Personal Growth As A Lifestyle

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In our previous blog post, we talked about the difference between passive and active recovery, as well as the grave danger we put ourselves in when we let our recovery become passive. Working a program of recovery includes more than a sponsor, working with newcomers, attending 12-Step meetings, and being of service to others. At… Read On »

The Joy of Boundaries

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Boundaries are the invisible rolls of caution tape we put up around our limitations emotionally, mentally, financially, and physically. Though others can’t see our boundaries, they can hear them and know them through our communication, as well as our actions. For people with an addicted loved one, these boundaries can be difficult to set, even… Read On »

How Do I Handle My Anxiety?

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Anxiety is a common experience for those of us who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. When we are having an anxious moment, we can follow these three easy steps to handle our anxiety. First, Focus On The Breath In part, anxiety is an overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, which interacts with the… Read On »

Mindfulness In Every Day Living

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Everyone could use to be more mindful in their daily lives. Mindfulness is a common prescription these days, appearing in studies, new therapeutic approaches, and spiritual, as well as self-help guides all of the time. Some have called mindfulness the buzzword of the decade due to its popularity as well as its controversy. Though mindfulness… Read On »

Learning To Take A Deep Breath

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Check in to your breathing, right this moment. When was the last time you consciously forced yourself to become conscious of your breath or your breathing? You might be startled to find that your breathing is so shallow it hardly feels like you are breathing at all. You might be breathing quickly for no reason.… Read On »

Saying Yes To Life

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If someone offered you a million dollars, chock free, without a single condition or attachment or tax to pay, would you take it? Your answer is probably yes, after you checked out every possible angle of a scam or scandal. What would you do with that million dollars? Chances are you’ve thought about it once… Read On »