Finding Trust Again

Finding Trust Again

The word “trust” invokes a lot of other words, such as safety, confidence, belief, hope, security, and dependability. Trust is strength and comfort and allows us to build better and more lasting relationships with that foundation of faith. Too often, after substance use, we find that we have broken that trust. Whether that trust was […]

Yoga for Healing

Yoga for Healing

When certain activities are trendy, we may have a hard time taking them seriously. However, sometimes, popular opinion gets it right. The “trend” of yoga dates back to over 5,000 years ago. While it has roots in spiritual practices, it has become a mainstream way of not only exercising our bodies but also exercising our […]

What Does Holistic Healing Mean?

We hear a lot about holistic healing. Usually, it is associated with non-traditional and non-Western practices such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, homeopathic remedies, massage, aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, and more. While these various treatments may also take a holistic approach to healing, we can all have holistic healing that is not necessarily tied to any of […]

How Can I Prevent Relapse?

How Can I Prevent Relapse?

In researching treatment facilities for substance use, we might have seen the daunting statistics for relapse after treatment. If the numbers are so high, does it even make sense to try to recover? Yet our life is in shambles, we cannot keep doing what we are doing. Yes, we need to treat our substance use, […]

Taking Time to Heal

Taking Time to Heal

When someone gets very ill physically, or worse, is diagnosed with something life-threatening like cancer, they will follow their doctor’s recommended course of treatment, even if it means long-term hospitalization. However, it is not always so easy for us to treat our mental health in the same way. Because emotional pain is very different from […]

Righting the Ship After Substance Use

Righting the Ship After Substance Use

The waters of life can be treacherous enough to navigate on their own. Then the storms of substance use come. We may feel pummeled by the behaviors from our substance use, thrown to and fro by the consequences of and reactions to our substance use. The storms can wear us down, and the addiction our […]

How Art Heals Us

How Art Heals Us

Humans have long created and appreciated art. Our creativity bubbles up from within, and we find ways to express our innermost feelings, without even using a single word. We know this, we create whole museums and other venues to celebrate the art we create. But what if art could heal us? What if we could […]

Is EMDR the Right Therapy for Me?

Is EMDR the Right Therapy for Me

There are many different forms of therapy. Each of their methods and goals differs, which is helpful since each of us is different and have different stories and life experiences. The ideal is to be able to choose from various forms of therapy in order to find the best possible healing for our unique situation. […]

Healing With Nature

Healing With Nature

Something appeals to us about a beautiful sunset, the waves constantly rolling into shore, or a peaceful spot in the forest surrounded by stoic trees, with the sunlight gently filtering down. Humans have long enjoyed a connection with nature that transcends logic or description. Our relationship with nature is incredibly deep, almost spiritual. Nature speaks […]

What is Radical Acceptance?

What is Radical Acceptance

There is a lot of talk about acceptance in recovery. Most of the time, we use the terms “acceptance” and “approval” as synonyms. For example, we think that in order to accept ourselves, we must also approve of the mistakes we have made. Are acceptance and approval the same? And what is radical acceptance? Defining […]