Category: self care

How Can I Love Myself Again?

Substance use can damage us in ways we never anticipated. On the surface, there are behaviors we exhibit and the mistakes we make cost us our finances, jobs, and relationships. We feel the changes in our bodies and our minds. …

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The Greatest Love

At the time of the year when love is being celebrated, there is a lot of commercialization surrounding what love is or how to show it. However, there is a love that is more important than flowers, chocolates, or anything …

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The Value of a Good Night’s Sleep

There is a reason that sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture. Or why parents of young babies constantly look like zombies. Sleep is crucial to our health, both mental and physical. Try to imagine, then, after using …

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Back to School

Getting Healthy For Back-To-School

There is something about this time of year that inspires us to get back on track. It’s like a second New Year. Summer is coming to a close, the weather and leaves are changing, people are doing their back-to-school shopping, …

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Asking for Help in Recovery

Asking for Help

It can be very difficult to ask for help, even when you know you need it. People often go through shame, fear, anger, disappointment, and other emotions when they think about asking for help. You might wonder: Will anything change …

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Hitting Rock Bottom for Recovery

Rock Bottom?

There is a long-held belief in the field of addiction services that people need to “bottom out” before treatment can and will help. The idea assumes that, unless someone “hits rock bottom,” then he or she will never experience the …

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Building Self Esteem and Recovery

Building Self-Esteem

When you are suffering with low-self-esteem you need to identify the root cause of your low self-esteem. Could it be?  loneliness bullying poor academic performance neglect or abuse being unemployed or is there something much deeper going on. Having healthy …

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Self Care for the Holidays

Self Care for the Holidays

Many people are focused on giving and others for the holidays, it’s easy to get lost in the idea of self care. It’s important to remember in recovery to take care of ourselves so we have something to give when …

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The Basics of Early Recovery and Self Care

The Basics of Early Recovery and Self Care

In conducting therapy with clients at the AToN Center I often see many highly functioning people with multiple responsibilities who are sustaining their complex lifestyles, often temporally, with drugs and alcohol. I often recommend that people get back to the …

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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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