Category: emotions

What Is Emotional Sobriety?

What Is Emotional Sobriety?

Substance use has a way of making us realize that we need treatment, that sobriety becomes necessary. There are behaviors and consequences that become apparent to others, if not ourselves directly. However, have we considered that we may also need …

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How Can I Cope with Cravings?

How Can I Cope with Cravings?

Seeking treatment for substance use can be a very difficult decision. Once we have made our commitment to ourselves, we are on the recovery path. Now we have a new challenge: cravings. We want to maintain our recovery, but how …

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Make This Your Summer of Love

Make This Your Summer of Love

With all that has happened in the world this year, life can be difficult to face. The level of difficulty goes up exponentially for those of us who have been using substances. With anxiety and depression levels so high already, …

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Coping With Anger in Recovery

Recovery can be filled with all kinds of powerful emotions. As we make the switch from substance use, and behaving as people filled with overwhelming and compulsive behaviors to people who have more control over our impulses and emotions, we …

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What is Emotional Sobriety?

Sobriety is typically viewed from a physical point of view, as a complete abstinence from substances. This can be very difficult to achieve, as abstinence alone does not stop the overwhelming desires and cravings that we might still have for …

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Thoughts

Our thoughts are powerful.  So powerful, that an entire style of therapy has been centered around how we identify and manage our thoughts.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidenced based treatment for substance dependence, and AToN’s curriculum is centered on …

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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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Emotional Sobriety In Recovery

Emotional Sobriety In Recovery

The struggle of daily life can seem insurmountable when people are unable to handle their emotions. A shortage of emotional maturity can make satisfaction a hard commodity to come by. This also makes it more likely that maladaptive coping skills …

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The “Should” Statement

The “Should” statement.  One of my duties at the AToN Center is to teach our residents to connect their thinking to their emotions and behaviors.  One dysfunctional thought pattern that often arises is the “should” statement.  Examples of this include …

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