How Service Projects Can Help Us Heal

A beneficial element of Experiential Therapy programs is the service projects that patients participate in, some of which they design and implement themselves as part of their community service. Volunteering, giving back to the community, and being of service to others are extremely beneficial to our learning and development as we’re working to recover from […]

Should I Consider Professional Help?

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When living with addiction, we’ve come to know the ins and out of our addictions, our patterns and cycles, and we can get so familiar in our comfort zones, even in the discomfort of our addictions, that we […]

Art Therapy and Healing

Art therapy, along with Experiential Therapy and Recreational Therapy, provides an alternative to traditional talk-therapy and uses creative expression to help patients heal from deeply rooted mental and emotional pain. Talk-therapy, or psychotherapy, can be difficult for some patients, especially those who have a hard time expressing themselves verbally. Many of us who have suffered […]

How Can We Heal from Regret?

Regret is a painful part of life and an unfortunate part of the addiction journey. We usually find ourselves still coping with regret even well into our recovery process. We find ourselves still living with the guilt, shame, disappointment and embarrassment we feel from our regrets. We’re still filled with sadness and remorse, even years […]

The Benefits of Experiential Therapy

Many treatment centers are now including Experiential Therapy (ET) in their addiction recovery programs, and there are many benefits to this particular kind of therapy. What exactly is ET, and how can it help us? ET, which is sometimes referred to as Occupational Therapy or Recreational Therapy, refers to various kinds of therapy and therapeutic […]

Why Should We Be Patient with Our Recovery?

Whenever we feel impatient with our recovery, we want to remind ourselves that healing is a journey, a process and an evolution, and that true transformation takes time and commitment. Our addictions didn’t develop overnight and neither will our healing. We have to put work into our healing journey if we want to see results. […]

Gratitude Practice for Anxiety

One thing many of us with addiction and mental illness have in common is our tendency to suffer from anxiety. We can be consumed with worrying, overthinking and trying to control things. We can have high expectations for outcomes, for the things we’re dealing with, for the people in our lives, and we try to […]

How to Restore Faith in Ourselves

When we’ve been living with addiction and mental illness, one of the things we lose is our faith in ourselves. How can we restore our sense of self? How can we start believing in ourselves again? Having faith in ourselves means also having faith in our recovery. Without it, we may always be subconsciously sabotaging […]

How Can We Mindfully Work with Shame?

Many of us carry our shame and our feelings of unworthiness for much of our lives. We stay closely attached to them, we identify with them, and we have a hard time letting them go. We start to identify as being shameful people. We feel inadequate, inferior, undeserving and unworthy. We allow our shame to […]

Finding Healthy Replacement Coping Skills

When we start to analyze ourselves and our addictions more closely, we’re able to gain more understanding around what purposes our addictions were serving in our lives. This process can help us to find better, healthier replacements for them. The idea is to develop healthy coping skills we can rely on instead of the default […]