Category: awareness

Taking Time to Be Present

Taking Time to Be Present

You need to call that client. Check on the status of that report. What was it that your mom wanted for her birthday? That is coming up next week. Did you remember to take the trash out this morning? What …

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Balance in Life and Recovery

Balance Your Life, AToN’s 5th Foundation

We can strive for balance, looking for middle ground. We need balance between work and play, between thinking and feeling, between giving and receiving. Caring for our physical health and our spiritual health. A balanced life looks like paying attention to …

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Breathwork is an Active Breathing Practice

Breathwork is an Active Breathing Practice

Breathwork is an Active Breathing Practice used for healing stuck energy by moving the breath through physical, emotional or spiritual challenges. It is an ancient eastern breathing meditation that is absolutely mind blowing. The breath bypasses the intellect and takes you on …

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Why is Breath so Important?

Why is Breath so Important?

Almost everyone has had a well-meaning friend encourage them to “take a breath” at some point.  Practitioners of yoga, massage and other forms of therapies often focus on their client’s breath.  So, what’s the big deal about breath?  A lot …

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Stages of Recovery

The progression of alcoholism and addiction usually passes through several declining stages before an individual makes the decision to enter treatment. What might have started as a path to increase socialization and well-being often can lead to a solitary and …

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Understanding the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

Everyone knows there is an Opioid Epidemic, but what continues to surprise me is the abundance of legally prescribed opioid use. From my own experience and from the voices of clients, it happens frequently that people are offered and even …

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Harmony and Recovery

To be happy and successful today I have to be aware of the ebb and flow of nature within my own life.  Say the following statements to yourself: When I am in harmony with the natural progression of my life, …

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Celebrities & Drug & Alcohol Addiction Recovery

Although it’s never a good idea to exalt anyone’s recovery (because we are all fallible humans), it’s interesting to hear about famous people in recovery. The contrast between Hollywood, with its glamour and seemingly non-stop partying, and real life, can …

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Anti-depressant Medications in Residential Centers

Anti-depressant Medications in Residential Centers

Psychiatrists and internists who serve in residential centers routinely recommend the use of anti-depressant medications. And, not uncommonly, residents will buck at the idea of using an anti-depressant, like Prozac, Wellbutrin, Lexapro and others. It’s understandable that many hesitate to …

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Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week

Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week

Last week President Obama named this week, September 18 through September 24, 2016, as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.  His intention being to raise awareness to the now well-documented opioid problem continuing to claim lives from our rural …

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