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Will You Make a Resolution or a Decision?

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The holidays are upon us and I’m brought to the famous New Year’s resolutions made by everyone each year.  So many people pledge to start exercising, eat healthy, and lose weight – very common resolutions. Every single year for almost eight years I remember pledging that my New Year’s resolution would be to stop drinking… Read On »

8 Ways to Focus on Your Recovery This Holiday Season

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Every year, dozens of blogs focus on the numerous ways that addicts struggle during the holidays. While the stretch between the holidays and the New Year can seem difficult to navigate, it doesn’t have to be. The solution to addiction doesn’t change just because the season does. As you celebrate the holiday, protect your recovery by taking action that can… Read On »

Alumni Newsletter | Winter 2017

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Happy Holidays from Chris, Myers, Chad, Kellye and Tharin! Alumni Newsletter | Winter 2017 My 30th Sober Christmas Chris Raymer, VP of Recovery Service   Christmas is almost here on South Padre Island, TX. As I’m writing this, it’s raining, cold and blowing 30 mph outside. Patients from up north are all walking around in… Read On »

Will You Make a Resolution or a Decision?

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The holidays are upon us and I’m brought to the famous New Year’s resolutions made by everyone each year.  So many people pledge to start exercising, eat healthy, and lose weight – very common resolutions. Every single year for almost eight years I remember pledging that my New Year’s resolution would be to stop drinking… Read On »

The Holidays (and “Everydays”) Are For Giving | Tharin Smith

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My holidays and life changed forever back in 2005. I “turned myself in” to treatment shortly before Thanksgiving in Atlanta, Georgia after a family intervention. The thought of another holiday season had me feeling even more hopeless and suicidal. My self – pity and shame about not being able to give anything again that season… Read On »

8 Spiritual Lessons for Every Recovery Jedi (Part 2)

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Today, we offer the second ‘episode’ of our two-part series on the spiritual lessons in Star Wars. If you missed the first, you can find that here. Even if you aren’t a geek at heart, it is impossible to ignore the vital recovery lessons we can learn from the timeless saga of our favorite Star… Read On »

8 Spiritual Lessons for Every Recovery Jedi (Part 1)

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Across the galaxy, people will be rushing to their local movie theaters to watch the latest installment of the hit franchise Star Wars. Those of us who are committed to the ongoing story of good and evil know that there is something profoundly spiritual about the Star Wars narrative. Even if you aren’t a geek… Read On »

When We Give, We Receive

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For many people, the holiday season is unwrapped in cozy homes where warm meals bake in hot ovens, and loved ones gather to celebrate amid happy songs and stories. As the latter part of the year approaches, there is an almost palpable feeling of joy which seems to resonate even in passing conversations. Though preparations… Read On »

Learning to be Grateful: The Power of Service

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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 disintegrate… Read On »

8 Ways to Avoid Becoming a (Spiritual) Zombie

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Avoid becoming a member of the living dead by using these spiritual tips to keep you centered! Practice the Art of Giving: One of the most important spiritual tips to enjoy a successful and happy life is to help others in all possible ways. The self-esteem you attain by reaching out and helping needy people… Read On »