Making the Conscious Choice to Heal

When we are ready to do the work it takes to recover, the first and most important step we must take is making the conscious choice to heal. During our struggles with addiction and mental illness, we very often weren’t mindful of our behaviors, our tendencies, and our patterns. We weren’t conscious of our actions […]

Enlisting Support in Recovery

Much of the work we do in recovery is independent work we have to do on our own. We have to dig deep, do some intense soul-searching, and examine our patterns and cycles with honesty, openness and transparency. We have to learn more about ourselves and increase our mindfulness and self-awareness. We have to confront […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 is Self-Compassion Better Than Self-Judgment?

Self-compassion is a healthier coping skill we can use to replace our very harmful habits of self-judgment and self-deprecation. Being kind to ourselves, patient, understanding and forgiving with ourselves and our mistakes will yield far better results than beating ourselves up ever could. When you mess up, as we often do, remind yourself that you […]

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 […]

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 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 our […]