Category: Kristin Colton

Fall Recovery

Fall Recovery

I love seeing the leaves change and the weather cool in the fall season. What I think of most is how building healthy relationships and having warmth in our hearts can be so supportive to recovery from addiction. At AToN …

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Low Frustration Tolerance

Low frustration tolerance is a belief that one is incapable or unwarranted  in managing feelings or situations that are uncomfortable or difficult. This type of thinking can actually increase the level of actual discomfort.  It is important to realize that mild …

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Pain + Growth = Recovery

Sometimes we realize that it is painful to grow and as much as we don’t want the pain we need the changes to occur in our life. Growing means getting out of our comfort zone, trying new and sometimes uncomfortable …

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Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention

At AToN Center we get to practice Mindfulness together in group and look at how it can be used in daily life and in high risk situations. Mindfulness is moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, characterized …

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Sober Summer Fun!

The idea of summer fun can be scary for those who are new in recovery. Many of the events in the summer including parties, bbq’s, and vacations where others are drinking and using substances which can often be a trigger …

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Acceptance

When one enters into recovery we go through a process of grief, not much different than grieving the loss of a loved one. Losing our best friend,  the only coping skill we know, our way of escaping or handling stress, …

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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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Relapse

Relapse is something that not all in recovery face, but many do. There are ways to look at relapse that are harmful and some that are beneficial. At AToN Center we try to look at relapse from a perspective that …

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My Weekend at the CAADE Conference

The first presentation I saw was Darryl Inaba’s “Marijuana: The Forgotten Drug”. I found the talk very informative and amazing to see the changes of the drug over the years as it has been genetically modified and synthetically reproduced! Darryl …

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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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