5 Surprising Ways Meditation Can Help Reduce Stress

Posted on April 17th, 2015

5 Surprising Ways Meditation Can Help Reduce StressWhile stress is nearly unavoidable in this non-stop world and it’s all too easy to fall prey to ever-present stress, this doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Indeed, stress is best when banished because unchecked stress can lead to potentially fatal heart attacks, strokes, ulcers and many other serious medical conditions. What’s a person to do?

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Staying Sober Through the Worst of Times

Posted on April 15th, 2015

Staying Sober Through the Worst of TimesAttaining peace and serenity in sobriety isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely easier when life is going smoothly than it is during difficult or challenging times. At some point in your sobriety, you will have to deal with situations that feel overwhelming or painful. No matter what happens, you don’t have to drink or drug.

When you experience the worst of times, you may think that you can’t possibly get through them. You may feel a depth of hurt and pain like nothing you can ever remember experiencing, and you just want the pain to stop. As a recovering addict or alcoholic, you may intensely experience the urge to pick up a drink or a drug.

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Understanding the Causes of Addiction

Posted on April 10th, 2015

Understanding the Causes of AddictionAddiction doesn’t have one single cause. If it did, treatment and prevention would be much simpler. Research has uncovered multiple “causes” for the disease of addiction, which are more like risk factors. Understanding what is behind addiction is important for anyone facing it. Whether it’s your own problematic drinking or drug use or you care about someone who is struggling with addiction, understanding why this disease manifests in some people and not others is crucial. It will help you be more compassionate and will guide you toward the treatment that will be most effective.

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The Power of Acceptance in Addiction Recovery

Posted on April 8th, 2015

The Power of Acceptance in Addiction RecoveryWouldn’t it be great if you got exactly what you wanted all the time? In a perfect world, the people around you would act the way you wanted them to act and they would say what you wanted them to say. You could work when you wanted to work at a job you totally loved, and you could sleep and eat when you wanted to sleep and eat. People would never disagree with you. There would be no reason for conflict.

Unfortunately life doesn’t work that way. Remaining in emotional balance in sobriety depends on your ability to accept things and people exactly the way they are, even when you’re not getting what you want.

Acceptance is one of the most important tools in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. There are many things that are out of your control, but if you can accept that everything is the way it’s supposed to be at all times, you can truly attain inner peace. This is often easier said than done. If you’re like most alcoholics and addicts, you want what you want when you want it. You want to be in charge of your own life and maybe even the lives of those around you. You want to get your own way, and you may get pretty upset or unsettled when you don’t.

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Morning Yoga for Recovery: Physical, Psychological, Emotional Benefits

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

Morning Yoga for Recovery: Physical, Psychological, Emotional BenefitsThis is the second in a two-part series.

A regular practice of yoga brings many physical, psychological and emotional benefits. Physical benefits include increased strength, flexibility, balance and control. Psychological benefits include an increased sense of clarity, a balanced mental perspective and the ability to remain calm when placed in stressful situations. Emotional benefits include a boost in self-esteem, a balanced emotional perspective, a level of comfort and acceptance of personal strengths and weaknesses, and an overall sense of well-being. For a person in addiction recovery, all of these benefits can help access and achieve the type of mental and physical states beneficial for approaching therapy, 12-step work, and mining the deep emotional spaces necessary for creating a full and productive life, free of substance abuse and self-destructive behaviors. Also, on a simple level, yoga is exercise, and almost every addiction recovery program considers exercise to be an important top-line behavior.

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