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National Recovery Month: 5 Things that Trigger Relapse and How to Avoid Them

One of the most common misconceptions about recovering from addiction is that once withdrawal ends, the person in recovery doesn’t experience further cravings. It leads to the stigma and shameful idea that those who do experience cravings are somehow failing and weak.

Learn to be the Editor of Your Own Mental Tapes!

First off you need to realize that having thoughts that are angry, panicky, sad, remorseful, fearful or otherwise is NORMAL. We ALL have them at some point and at times more often than not. The issue comes into play when these thoughts start to take over your mind and

If My Parent Were an Addict

Many are living with their parents who are addicted.  Many deal in different ways, and many have lost parents. May you rest in peace with the respect that’s well deserved. For those who parents are the addicted and it, not the other way around they live in a predicam

National Recovery Month: Using The Arts to Overcome Addiction

Some of the most provocative art has been created by the most brilliantly deranged minds we’ve known; think Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Georgia O’Keefe and Edvard Munch. These artists are critically important because like monumental writers, they give us a glimpse into

Neuroplasticity … and Other ‘Ten Dollar Words’

So what exactly does the term ‘neuroplasticity’ really mean? The current definition is: the capacity of the nervous system to develop new neuronal connections. Meaning that the brain has the ability to reorganize neural pathways and adjust those connections in respo