Category: drinking

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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Creativity in Sobriety

An initial challenge that many face in getting sober is the vacuum of time and energy which presents itself when no longer occupied by an addiction.  While in the thralls of using and abusing substances this can become the primary …

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Codependency and Addiction

Those suffering from addiction often also suffer from codependency. This is a familiar dynamic to family members and loved ones of the substance abuser and often overlooked by those who also have addiction issues themselves. Whether you’re a loved one …

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The Big Change

Often in my work with clients at the AToN center it starts to dawn upon them that sobriety is more than just “not drinking or using.”  Initially, many people believe that they will be able to live the exact same …

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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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Anger and Blame

Often in my work with addiction at our drug and alcohol treatment center in San Diego, I see clients fall into traps with anger and blame.  Many times people will describe a person or event that “caused” them to drink. …

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Burning Bridges

We can look back on our addiction and see how it took some time and work to build up the life that supports our addiction.  In recovery this is going to take some effort as well! The illusion (people, places and …

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Bridges In the counseling that I provide as a Psychologist at the AToN Center I am often looking for the connections between the skills that are being learned and how these will be applied in the real world.  It is …

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