Category: emotional health

Healing With Nature

Healing With Nature

Something appeals to us about a beautiful sunset, the waves constantly rolling into shore, or a peaceful spot in the forest surrounded by stoic trees, with the sunlight gently filtering down. Humans have long enjoyed a connection with nature that …

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What is All This Talk About Empathy in Recovery

What is All This Talk About Empathy?

Many clinicians and treatment programs are talking about empathy these days. So what’s so important about this? I see a few values to empathy. First, it fuels connection with others. Connection increases a person’s sense of well-being and belonging. If …

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Poem About A Healthy Balanced Trinity AToN Center

Poem About A Healthy Balanced Trinity

Who’s this “we” that will rescue me From beneath this deep dark sea Not God nor Buddha will help me be To bring me back to sanity No, God or Buddha please let me be I need more time beneath …

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Trust in Addiction Recovery

Building Trust

In a relationship affected by substance use, trust is one of the largest casualties. Loved ones often go through significant worry and anxiety while an addicted person is using. Not only that, but they have often been lied to, concealed …

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Help for Co-dependency

Help for Co-dependency

Co-dependency is an emotional and behavioral condition that can affect individuals and families from having healthy, stable relationships.  Originally, co-dependency was a term used to describe people who lived with someone who had an addiction.  However, today the term is …

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Persistence in Addiction Recovery

Persistence

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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Addiction and Emotional Vulnerability

Addiction and Emotional Vulnerability

The biological and psychological impact of drugs and alcohol on an individual can result in significant emotional vulnerability. A life of addiction is stressful with dysregulated thoughts, emotions, and relationships. Heightened emotional vulnerability is the result. High emotional vulnerability involves …

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Emotional Sobriety in Recovery

Recovery is not as simple as putting down a drink or a drug. Abstinence calls for these actions but recovery demands that we accept personal responsibility for our emotional state. A serene recovery and all the gifts it encompasses require …

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The Holidays and Reacting to Your Emotions

The Holidays and Reacting to Your Emotions

It is November, and that means the holidays are coming! This time of year is often associated with celebration and family, but for many ‘tis the season for emotions. These emotions can range from joy and anticipation to anxiety, grief, …

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Try To Be Yourself in Recovery

Try To Be Yourself

We live in a challenging world full of possible stressors, demand at work and home and on ourselves. The practice of Mindfulness helps the individual be true to one’s own self. Being true to one’s self require and honest review …

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