There’s a lot to do when you’re recovering from addiction. There’s therapy, meetings, journaling, exercise, meditation, prayer, taking time to cook healthy meals, and many other things that may be included in your specific recovery plan. It’s also important to … Read More
The Tyranny of Positive Thinking
We seem to live in a society obsessed with optimism and gratitude. We’re often told about the power of positive thinking, to look on the bright side, and to have an attitude of gratitude. There are indeed benefits to feeling … Read More
Keep Your Beginner’s Mind
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” — Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice1 For better or worse, those who have walked the path of … Read More
Build Your Physical Foundation
Before an old-timer from “the rooms” talks about how recovery used to entail sitting around in smoky church basements with endless Styrofoam cups of coffee, or how the only exercise they got was “running from the bust to make my … Read More
The Impermanence of Everything
Throughout your sober journey, you will undoubtedly hear about “the higher power” and to “let go and let God.” That may resonate with you, and it might not. But whatever spiritual practice you adhere to—even if, in essence, it’s that … Read More
Why Stay Sober When the World is [BLANK]?
“I’m as mad as hell, and I’M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!” – Albert Finney in Network Whether you have a substance abuse problem or have never taken anything stronger than an aspirin, the above quote rings true whether you’ve … Read More
Neuroplasticity and Recovery
Neuroplasticity is a term that refers to the changeability and adaptability of the brain throughout one’s life. It’s a word that’s getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. Researches consistently discover new and exciting information about how … Read More
Is There a Cure for Addiction?
We hear a lot about the fact that addiction is a disease that can be treated. Addiction is considered a chronic and recurring illness. While we can and do recover from our addictive behaviors, it’s misleading to say that there’s … Read More
Feeling Out of Control?
While we can’t control everything, we can control our responses to the world around us. Here’s how to feel empowered, more in control, and gain increased peace. Recovery is a time of tremendous peaks and valleys. Negative thoughts and feelings … Read More
Color therapy is a system of alternative medicine that utilizes color, usually in the form of projected colored light. Color therapy is an interesting (and beautiful) healing modality. It typically involves the use of different colors on various parts of … Read More
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