Category: anxiety

Internal & External Triggers

Triggers can be feelings, experiences, people, places, and things that you associate with your drinking or drug use. There are different types of triggers: internal, external, and sensory triggers. All three usually work together to create a craving. INTERNAL TRIGGERS …

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Coping with Panic Attacks, Mindfully

Panics attack may come suddenly and feel terrifying. They often leave us feeling very alone, isolated and very afraid. Panic attacks may be caused by perceived fear, worry or trauma. For those in recovery from addiction it is essential to …

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Anxiety in Recovery

Anxiety in Recovery

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom” -Soren Kierkegaard Freedom’s derivation is the inkling of possibility and hope. It is the feeling in the pit of the stomach when it becomes clear that bliss is possible and joy is limitless. It …

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Benefits of Meditation

How would you like to: 1.  Be calm 2.  Be emotionally aware 3.  Be more in control of your emotions 4.  Be able to discover what is truly important in your life 5.  Find out where you are in life …

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10 Ways to Manage Anxiety without Substances

1. Talk about it. Speak with a trusted friend or family member, or with a therapist who can give you support and feedback. 2. Meditate or deep breathe. Breathing deeply can help to balance out your nervous system and can …

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Frustration Tolerance

Frustration tolerance is generally defined as one’s ability to manage discomfort.  If a person has low frustration tolerance, they may be more at risk for developing and maintaining addictive behaviors.  This is because substances and other addictive behaviors can be …

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4 Useful Steps for Lowering Anxiety

It may appear difficult to change. For the suffering addict, change is paramount to survival. The following four concepts help to remain calm during times of anxiety. These steps are particularly useful while changing behavior and may even prevent relapse. Those …

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Using Meditation for Anxiety, Stress, and Panic Attacks

A Lesson by Mingyur Rinpoche Panic attacks, acute moments of anxiety, can feel very threatening and crippling.  Meditation is the practice of visiting, seeing, and identifying one’s thoughts, feelings, and opinions. How might you use meditation to help calm your …

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Imagine Sobriety

There is a fascinating phenomenon I often observe in clients at the AToN Center as they progress in their drug and alcohol treatment in California. Often our residents have been using drugs or drinking for such a long period of …

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps with Depression and Anxiety

 Depression and anxiety are the chief areas that one addresses when entering a high quality residential treatment facility.  At AToN Center, we specialize in using multiple evidence-based approaches to help our residents. Depression and anxiety are chief among the host …

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