emotions

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, substances just compound the issues....

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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 can also learn to cope...

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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 substances. When we become physically...

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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 "I should be sober by...

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Isolation and Addiction

Isolation and Addiction

Isolation and loneliness have an overwhelming effect on drug addiction and alcoholism causing people to feel sad hopeless and abandoned. When we are actively using drugs to cope with depression, anxiety and stressful situations, we are doing so to avoid our feelings and reality.  As the...

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