Category: Change

Taking the Road Less Traveled

Taking the Road Less Traveled

There are many paths that we may take in life, some intentional, and others that we end up on because of other choices we made. The road to substance use is most likely one of the latter for most of …

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Why Do I Feel Grief in Recovery?

Why Do I Feel Grief in Recovery?

Absolutely, we made the right decision in choosing recovery. Our lives were in shambles, and we were barely functioning the way we were. Yet now we are conflicted, feeling down and longing for our substance-use days, or at least the …

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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, …

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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 …

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Be Assertive

Be Assertive

Speaking Your Truth in Your Life Emotional pain often leads us down the treacherous path of substance abuse. At least some of our emotional pain may stem from feeling like we don’t have a voice. We may feel pain around …

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How Can I Rebuild My Life?

How Can I Rebuild My Life?

Life can be full of setbacks. Although very few things set us back further than substance use. Our lives suffer physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our substance use can negatively impact our health, our relationships, our work, families, and sometimes even …

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AToN’s High Standard of Care for Detoxification

AToN’s High Standard of Care for Detoxification

AToN Center is unique and stands apart from other treatment centers in many ways.  One of them is AToN’s high standard of care for detoxification.  AToN Center is licensed by the California Department of Health Care Services to provide Incidental …

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Creativity in Recovery

Creativity in Recovery

Creativity can be a useful tool in recovery. Some may already be creative and may be using creativity in many ways in their sober life. Many may feel they lack something in this area as well. I have worked with …

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Dukkha: A Buddhist Approach to Ending Suffering

Buddha’s efforts over 2,600 years ago help suggest poignant ways to end our suffering. Buddha offers the Four Noble Truths that inform us of the term, Dukkha.  At first glance, Dukkha appears to mean “suffering”. However, author Joseph Goldstein takes …

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How to Accept Change

Tara Brach: How to Accept Change

The ability to accept change helps those in recovery to become less anxious, less stressed and less prone to relapse. Tara Brach’s MindPod Network Podcast (Episode #35: Awakening Through Change and Loss) is a powerful reminder of how mindlessness and …

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