Category: Behavioral Change

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Addiction recovery’s low, low admission price: Own your $#1+!

Admission. Great noun. It means two related things when it comes to addiction recovery:  A) The right to enter, and B) a voluntary acknowledgment/concession of a fact or truth. There is no A) without B) in our family. Caveat: Most…

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An addiction is anything you have to hide

A many-faceted challenge for families, interventionists, and other addiction pros alike is defining an addiction. We have textbook definitions. We have tests. But when it comes down to addressing the addiction with an addict in denial that he or she…

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Recovery Beyond Abstinence: Emotional and Behavioral Sobriety

Recovery  Beyond Abstinence: Emotional and Behavioral Sobriety By Elizabeth A. Willman MS, NCC, CSAC, SAP About a month ago as I was working with a group of individuals who had just recently completed detox and was explaining the process of…

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Sugar and Junk Food Play along with Abusive Addictions

Sugar and highly processed junk foods can have the same effect as drugs, alcohol, and nicotine abuse. The diet needs to be addressed to support re-establishing healthy brain pathways which will enhance long-term recovery. All addictions have one huge factor,…

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The Physical, Spiritual, Emotional and Social Benefits to Exercise in Recovery

The Physical, Spiritual, Emotional and Social Benefits to Exercise in Recovery   Changes in diet and exercise are shown to be helpful and may be a contributing factor in long-term recovery and assist with relapse prevention. Substance Use Disorders are…

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Thought for the Day 5

theaddiction.expert Thought for the Day 5 In 1913, two years before Freud had written his essay “On Transience,” he and a debated famous poet (Rilke, most historians believe the poet to have been) were walking on a beautiful summer day…

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RESTRING & RENEW: The Parable of the Precious Beads

The Parable of the Precious Beads: the truest story of the day The colors and textures particularly selected and strung together with care to adorn the wrist of her Granddaughter, the Precious Beads were a symbol of the deepest and…

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MENTAL FITNESS COACHING: lighten your load!

No matter where I go or what the purpose of my travel, I do everything I can to fit all I believe that I need into two carry-on suitcases (one that is truly a carry-on and one that is a…

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MENTAL FITNESS COACHING: Recovery through Narrative

I was just granted permission by my Client, author of the piece written below, to share his work today from our Narrative Therapy group. Narrative Therapy group is something I began to do with people engaging in the recovery process…

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Know When to Fold Them

It was the 1990s; it was tournament time in the poker room at the largest casino in the World.  The room was packed with high-stakes poker professionals and many hopefuls.  There was a waiting list of at least thirty names…

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