Category: Dr. Cox

Let go and Keeping Focus in Recovery

Letting Go

Improvement often means letting go of old assumptions and thoughts.  A person in the midst of their addiction may cling tightly to ineffective and dysfunctional beliefs about themselves and their use.  Despite continued negative results and poor outcomes, one can …

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Important Factors When Seeking Treatment for Addiction

Agreeing with the Critic

When a person is in their active addiction they often find blunt and tactless ways of sustaining their use. Defensiveness can be a significant problem in early recovery as a person is still accustomed to protecting and maintaining their habit. …

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Sometimes It's The Small Things

Sometimes It’s The Small Things

Often times, treatment for substance and alcohol abuse can focus on big picture issues.  This can include working on a marriage strained under the pressures of addiction, the need to change an unsustainable work environment, deciding that one can no …

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Persistence in Addiction Recovery


The residents I work with at AToN Center are most frequently in a very early state of recovery and are feeling physically, emotionally and mentally unwell. They will often wonder when things will get better. This is a difficult question …

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Who can you tell?

When getting into recovery it can be a difficult choice as to who you are going to include in your sobriety. There may also be decisions to be made about what degrees of information you want to provide to different …

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Motivation for Sobriety

In the early stages of recovery it can be difficult to sort out your motivation for treatment.  Your addiction may be like many others where social relationships have been severely affected and you are getting negative feedback from every direction. …

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Doing Whatever It Takes

Often times in early recovery there can be a desire to get back to the “important things in life.” One may start to be more aware of the consequences of drinking and using and feel a strong pull to fix …

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