Physical abstinence from alcohol and other drugs is one of the first steps on the road to wellness, but emotional sobriety, the ability to regulate emotions without external sources, is what allows for true freedom. This article tells us that “the essence of emotional sobriety is good self-regulation.” Emotional sobriety allows us to self-regulate without … Read More
Tai Chi and Qigong are ancient Chinese practices that involve meditation, controlled breathing and movement. These low-impact exercises have been studied because of their many health benefits, including reducing anxiety and stress, aiding in relaxation, minimizing clinical symptomology, and improving immune function.
Hope can feel like one of those rose-colored concepts that seem superfluous, particularly during times of struggle. According to University of Wisconsin psychologist, Shilagh Mirgain, when things are difficult, hope can provide an anchor by reminding us that “things will work out.”
Have you ever felt like a fraud? Like somehow you would be found out as not good enough, not belonging, or not deserving? In 1978, psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Susanne Imes identified a set of symptoms they called impostor syndrome, which gave a name to these feelings. Many folks in recovery struggle with impostor … Read More
In an earlier post, we explored the value of animal-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders. The following is a narrative of how a service dog, named Gander, saved the life of his human companion, military veteran Lon Hodge.
Given the prevalence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it is vital to know what forms of treatment have been researched and found to be effective in treating the symptoms associated with PTSD. The American Psychological Association has compiled a list of treatment modalities that are strongly and conditionally recommended in the treatment of PTSD. These … Read More
June 27th has been recognized as National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. PTSD is the result of being exposed to a traumatic event, and according to the American Psychiatric Association, 3.5% of adults in the US are affected by this disorder, with 1 in 11 Americans being diagnosed in their lifetime.
The way we talk to ourselves can make or break our day. Authors Rick and Forrest Hanson explain that we all have two inner voices: the inner nurturer and the inner critic, and both serve an important purpose. The problem can arise when these two voices become unbalanced. Unfortunately, for most folks, the inner critic … Read More
The effects of substance use disorders can be generational. Many times adult children, whose parents struggled with addiction, will notice behavioral patterns in themselves like isolation, approval seeking, low self-esteem, fear of abandonment and fear of authority. The recognition of these traits often surface in treatment as people are working toward their own sobriety.
A 9-pointed personality system, the Enneagram has roots in ancient mythical traditions. Some psychotherapists believe that it can be useful in counseling. In the Enneagram, each personality type is represented by a number, and each personality type has their own core fear and motivations. Understanding our own Enneagram type, and the types of important people … Read More