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Each year I see many people addicted to alcohol. At times they come to the session smelling of booze while still denying drinking. They play the game, “if you didn’t see me do it, it didn’t happen” as if seeing is the only sense of detection and smelling doesn’t count.
I have long since ... Views: 44
The most feared issue that is spreading like a forest fire among the teens? The fact that they are getting succumbed to alcohol and drugs, Heroin, in particular, is something alarming to the parents. There are laws in our country which relates to avoidance of the subject but to be honest if you ... Views: 36
The Deep Attachment of Psychological Dependence with Prescription Drug Use
Prescription drug use is a public health epidemic in the U.S. with addiction and overdose rates at an all time high. At the heart of these issues is a powerful and double-pronged compulsion to use them—a dependency ... Views: 122
Challenging the Expectation of Failure
History is helpful to us in many ways. We can learn from what hasn’t worked as we continue to pursue solutions, for example. Our ‘failures’ can point us in new directions if we use them as ‘research’ rather than reasons to stagnate or give up. Like ... Views: 474
Do you or someone you know suffer from C-PTSD?
Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or C-PTSD, commonly co-occurs with addiction. C-PTSD is a complicated trauma reaction caused by enduring extreme stress over a prolonged period of time. Its frequent companion, addiction, typically evolves ... Views: 550
Success isn’t owned, it’s leased,,,,,and rent is due every single day – JJ Watt, Defensive End, Houston Texans
I’ve been spending a fair amount of time thinking about commitment and how that manifests in my life. When I got sober I made a commitment to my grandmother that I would stay sober. ... Views: 191
June 12th found me celebrating 36 years of sobriety. As I approached the eve of my anniversary I am reminded of the model of recovery that has made this milestone possible. When I got sober my grandparents (both of whom survived Auschwitz) asked me to develop a mission statement that would guide ... Views: 180
I haven’t posted any new material for well over a year. Apologies. My goal is to create at least two blog posts per month and strive towards two new podcasts per month. I’ve suffered from horrible writer’s block, and until today I couldn’t move past my current ‘block’
If you’ve followed me on ... Views: 222
Shopping is no longer a sign of opulence. Young adults in the initial stages of their careers are willing to spend copious amount of money to buy things of lesser utility. People in America spend trillions of dollars in retail and up to USD 1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods.
With ... Views: 362
Do you or do you know of someone who struggles with negative addictions.
I know that I have in the early days of my life and for me it was "Smoking".
With my passion to live a healthy life, I didn't want to include anything that was going to sabotage that, so I had to somehow get my head ... Views: 243
We Have Living Proof that You Can Re-write, Re-experience and Re-create Your Life
The Sanctuary at Sedona is a non-12 Step holistic addiction recovery program. We were founded by Dean Taraborelli who was a self-proclaimed ‘chronic relapser’, unsuccessfully seeking addiction recovery for 30 ... Views: 454
Stress in today's chaotic and combative world is nearly unavoidable. Sources of it are everywhere and it's tough to escape it. While we can turn off the TV and stop reading the news, pressures in our daily life are a different matter. In some cases, a little tension may even be beneficial if it ... Views: 294
Any experts concur that more remedies are needed to help drinkers who overdo it cut down. The prescription medications approved for treating alcohol abuse and dependence don't work for everyone.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 6 U.S. adults binge drinks. However, ... Views: 326
Addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful, and even after my surrender it kept trying to manipulate my mind to make me slip and destroy my recovery.
I am alive today only because of the miracle I experienced one day in treatment. As I entered my room and walked by a mirror, I glimpsed ... Views: 402
Heal the Underlying Trauma for Full Recovery
The Sanctuary at Sedona began with a vision of helping others achieve a full and sustainable recovery from addiction. That continues to be our mission. We have been fortunate enough to witness full recovery in the lives of many throughout the ... Views: 333
In this interview, Per Wickstrom tells us how he handles a demanding career while also remaining sober. Keep reading to learn how to manage a high stress job without risking relapse.
As the owner of several successful businesses, Per Wickstrom knows a thing or two about handling ... Views: 161
When we talk about addiction and substance abuse, the two substances that come to mind are drug and alcohol. Generally, these substances include tobacco, marijuana, and cocaine.
For a fact, illicit drug use in the United States is on the increase. Results of the Substance Abuse and Mental ... Views: 258
Lean on science, self-improvement, and evidence-based treatment with centers for drug rehabilitation that focus on non 12-step addiction recovery.
With over 14,500 centers for drug rehabilitation in the United States, there’s a match out there for you that can provide the support and ... Views: 134
Addiction Recovery Programs Take on Many Forms
Trying to choose the right addiction recovery program these days can be really confusing. The field has exploded with options. It’s always difficult to know what to do in a time of crisis. It’s also difficult to sort through the overwhelming ... Views: 838
Low self-esteem is a thinking disorder in which individuals view themselves as inadequate, unlovable, or incompetent. There are many manifestations of low self-esteem, the worst of them being addiction.
There’s no doubt that low self-esteem is one of the chief causes of addiction. The ... Views: 315
Sometimes codependents have associations with partners that are not addicts or alcoholics. Just how can this happen? Generally, the codependent is maturing in your house with some type of disorder or addiction. They develop and meet somebody that's not really a medication addict or alcoholic and ... Views: 293
You'll find four stages that couples in couples therapy impacted by alcoholism undergo consuming, transition, early recovery and ongoing recovery.
The stages originate from the responsibilities of vary from happens together with the size of abstinence. Reaching the transition stage involves ... Views: 274
How do you maintain a healthy life for sustainable recovery?
What addicted person doesn’t want to be well? We all want that whether we are addicted or not. If we suffer from depression, codependency, anxiety, trauma or any of the other countless maladies we can mention, we all want to be done ... Views: 708
Many people might think that only major conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder denote mental illness. However, many common symptoms like anxiety, sadness, mood swings and insomnia indicate poor mental health and often signify underlying conditions. Using drugs can make these feelings ... Views: 295
A colleague and good friend of mine, Molly Carmel, LCSW who directs an eating disorder clinic in NYC [The Beacon Program] introduced me to the concept of “dialectical abstinence.” Although I don't know of any source the concept appears, I will credit Molly with adding this to my understanding of ... Views: 301
What is Addiction – Definition
How to Break Free From Addiction
How To Help Someone With An Addiction
When people feel addicted to ... Views: 204
Addiction in any form is dreadful and addiction of gambling is an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Gambling occasionally can be enjoyable, but prolonged interest in it, can turn into an obsession, compelling the gambler to gamble continuously, irrespective of whether he wins. Gambling addiction ... Views: 166
HeartMath at The Sanctuary
HeartMath is a therapeutic modality founded in well-documented research from the field of neurocardiology. Informed by the heart’s critical role in our overall health, HeartMath sessions are conducted with simple, user-friendly technology through which our clients ... Views: 768
Emptiness is a common feeling, and there are distinct types of emptiness, but it’s psychological emptiness that underlies codependency and addiction. Whereas existential emptiness is concerned with your relationship to life, psychological emptiness deals with your relationship to yourself. It’s ... Views: 439
We used to believe that we are controlled by our genes and that DNA programs us like software does a computer. We thought that DNA communicated with us—as if we were downloading our fates—and that we had nothing to say about it. This was an incredibly disempowering view of how human life works. ... Views: 871
Starting a family as a recovering addict can present many emotions, from joy and delight to fear and stress. Per Wickstrom recently spoke with me about how to handle new parenthood while in recovery.
As the owner of several successful rehabilitation facilities, Per has seen many of ... Views: 201
I don't Have to tell you what an addictive, destructive and terrible habit this is, because you already know that is why you have chosen to read this blog.
I have just finished a book for you covering the aspects of "Why Can't I Give Up Smoking" it is in the publishing stages at present to go ... Views: 327
You hear a different story from every recovering addict who has been through drug rehabilitation, because there is no one-size-fits-all solution to addition. Every person's path is different. However, there is a structured system for rehab that can provide anyone with valuable guidance. These ... Views: 457
The word “recovery” often conjures up images of struggling to abstain from an addictive behavior, be it drinking, using drugs, shopping, gambling, overeating or severely restricting eating, exercising to excess, promiscuity, etc. But, I want to challenge you to start thinking about Recovery ... Views: 325
Alcoholism is a deadly problem that destroys families and kills the alcoholic. It often starts as a social experiment, graduates to regular social intake and then goes on to becoming an obsessive and compulsive drinking issue.
The family of an alcoholic undergoes severe stress and try to ... Views: 236
It’s cheap, and it’s everywhere.
For these reasons alone, heroin offers an appeal to teenagers that other drugs just can’t match. Factor in peer pressure, the need to self-medicate, or just plain, simple teenage curiosity, and it’s easy to see why heroin is making an alarming comeback in the ... Views: 274
Today, there are several options available for anyone looking for drug addiction treatment. In fact, you can choose from many options overseas too, since such rehabilitation services may actually be more economical and of high quality.
Here are five things you should consider while selecting ... Views: 285
There have been many wild claims about video games. They’re the cause of violence in teens, they teach the wrong lessons by rewarding immoral behavior in a consequence free environment, and so on. The list is exhaustive, and often lacking any real basis.
Does that mean that there is no ... Views: 456
By Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
April 11, 2016
Why do people complain? What is it they want or hope for when they complain? In this article, discover the answers to these questions, as well as what to do about it if you are addicted to complaining. ... Views: 429
“The greatest pain is not being loved for who you are in your naturalness.”
As you read this article I encourage you not to exclude yourself from having addictive patterns, you can become addicted to anything from the most overt to the most subtle. This includes things like social media, cell ... Views: 396
Let’s begin this article with an important “disclaimer” – namely no one has a definitive answer as to what causes an eating disorder and, more importantly, one definitive approach to treatment that offers a cure or is “superior” to another. Although I tend to subscribe to the belief a blend of ... Views: 355
Suboxone and methadone addiction is spreading among teens. These drugs are used to help teenagers overcome addictions to opiates like heroin and prescription painkillers like OxyContin, but their use has become controversial.
Teens are now obtaining them illegally on the streets, as ... Views: 333
Everybody wants to rid themselves of that old, dreadful habit. Every time they try, they find that it is much more than they can handle and often give up. They know that it is such a difficult trial that they will not be able to get through it with their own resources. But people have quit ... Views: 314
“Hedonic Eating” literally translates to “pleasure eating.” It refers to eating in the absence of biological need or hunger. From my standpoint it describes a pattern of disordered eating that contributes to the current rise with eating disorders and obesity. With few exceptions it involves ... Views: 457
Your teen has relapsed. Despite whatever fear, disappointment, and frustration you may feel, you need to remain as calm as possible. Your loved one still needs your support.
So, what can you do as a concerned parent to help them get back on the road to recovery?
1. Envision Relapse as a ... Views: 564
We’ve all been to a county fair and stopped to watch the hypnotist make his volunteers do crazy things by suggesting that’s what they should do when he says the magic word. Whether its singing and dancing or clucking like a chicken, whenever that word is said the volunteer immediately does what ... Views: 536
There are two hefty yet hidden forces in our lives, two elephants in the room that many people don’t see or talk about, yet they affect us in a mammoth way. The discovery of these elephants has hugely transformed my life.
The first elephant is the jumbo awareness that misery is addictive and ... Views: 747
Although eating disorders are often accompanied by a variety of physical and emotional complications, perhaps the most painful are those leading to severe dental problems. To be sure, there is some overlap with respect to the specific impact each type of eating disorder has on our teeth and ... Views: 465
Addiction can have a terrible influence on your life. It can destroy your health, your mind and your relationships. It can be impossible to hold a job and live a normal life when you are an addict. You must take action once you realize the addiction is a problem. Here are five steps to take if ... Views: 493