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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

How Did We Learn to Hate Ourselves?

One of the most destructive and debilitating emotions we have to heal from when living with addiction and mental illness is our self-hatred. Where did our self-hate come from? Where did we learn to hate ourselves? Why are we so insecure and down on ourselves? Why do we feel so inadequate and inferior? We have […]

Self-Love as a Healing Tool

Of all the things we learn as we’re working to heal, self-love might be the most important. Without it, we might always be vulnerable to the temptations, addictive urges and compulsiveness that lead to relapse, that feed off of our insecurity, our self-hatred and our lack of groundedness. We might always be susceptible to the […]

Can The Family Heal After A Loved One’s Addiction?

A family needs a lot of time to heal after a loved one’s addiction. Addiction is a chronic brain disease that affects all aspects of a person’s life. Addiction leads to financial problems, physical and mental health issues, job loss, and broken relationships. Regaining trust and rebuilding relationships with family will take some time. If […]