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Stinking Thinking!: How to beat Negative Thoughts

I think most of us will agree that communication is a central aspect of most successful relationships. And yet, most people continue to struggle with saying what they mean without their stinking thinking getting in the way! Stinking Thinking are those pesky negative thoughts that tell us ‘we’re not good enough’ or ‘this person meant […]

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Mindful or “Mind full” ?

I’m sure you have heard the word mindful before, especially if you’ve checked in to read our blogs.. But what does it really mean? Are we being Mind full or Mindful? Is your mind full of clutter? When you are doing 1 task, are you thinking about the other 10 things on your to do […]

Don’t worry about it!: How to Not be a Worry Wort

How many times have you felt very stressed and turned to friends for empathy and all you received was a “Don’t worry about it!”. It is very easy to say “Don’t worry about it!” but unfortunately, it is not as easy to live by as Anxiety can feel unmanageable if left unattended. The main problem […]

Are you Struggling with Codependency?

Do you often feel overwhelmed by your partner’s emotions? Do find you rarely focus on your own needs? Are you unsure where you end & your partner begins? If you answered yes to these questions, chances are that you are struggling with codependency. Codependency is defined as over-reliance on a person or in layman’s terms […]

Substance Use and Defenses

Throughout our lives, we naturally develop defenses to protect ourselves from thoughts, feelings, or experiences that seem uncomfortable. For example, we might deny that an uncomfortable situation is happening because we don’t want to face that discomfort. You might think of defenses as rose-colored glasses that we put on so we can try to change […]

Addiction and the holidays: How to Prevent Relapse

The holiday season can be a joyous yet, stressful time of year especially for those who struggle with substance abuse. Addiction and the holidays can make falling back upon bad behaviors easy. There are a few simple and practical things that the addict can do to prepare for the holiday season to minimize relapse. The […]

Physical Health and Relapse Prevention

When we think about addiction and recovery, it is vital to prepare for relapse prevention by minimizing daily stressors and following a solid plan to avoid relapse. Relapse prevention planning also typically includes strategies for avoiding triggers for relapse, including people whom you used to use substances with, places where you used to obtain or use […]

The 5 Love Languages

Do you ever feel like no matter how much ‘love’ you provide to your partner that nothing is ever enough? Do you ‘know’ your partner loves you but you don’t ‘feel’ it all the time? Perhaps you and your partner’s love languages are out of sync. Love Languages? What is that?  Isn’t just saying I love you enough? It’s […]

Recovering from Addiction: How to Survive

When many people think of Recovering from Addiction, they envision attending a 28-day rehabilitation facility, daily Alcoholic/Narcotic Anonymous meetings, and never being able to drink or use again. Unfortunately, this stigma often scares people off from admitting they are struggling with addiction and getting the help they need. Have you ever thought to yourself  “I […]

Eating our feelings: Learn About Emotional Cues

Have you ever heard the saying “Eating our feelings”? Well.. with the holidays around the corner, over-eating is on the rise! That said, it’s important to learn how to curb our appetites, proverbially, or not.

So, How do we learn to control ourselves during this time where overindulging is encouraged, condoned, and expected?

The first step is […]