July 2, 2015

Transitioning from “Self-ish” to “Whole Self” in Recovery

You don’t need to be an addict to demonstrate egocentric behavior, sometimes referred to as selfishness.  Entitlement, immaturity, instant-gratification are natural parts of growing up and seem like common sense to under developed brains and relationships.  However, “selfishness” is also a consequence of prolonged substance abuse and dependence. Addiction is a physical/medical experience that alters the brains ability to function.  Perceptions and reasoning skills connected to time, relationships, consequences, and survival are greatly affected when chemicals change the brains ability to do its job. When the brain and physical body is altered, the ripple effects and consequences spread throughout our lives.  So when individuals or family start looking for relief […]
July 2, 2015

Balance

It is very important to live a balanced life.  Too often people either get over involved in one area of their life, thus neglecting other vital aspects of living, or they under utilize the various aspects of their life thus depriving themselves of a complete and full life.  The following is a series of questions we ask our clients to ponder and then answer for themselves in private, or, in group and individual sessions.  Taking time to assess how we are doing in our journey is as important, and sometimes more important than getting there.  These questions provide a brief check-in into vital areas of our lives.  Grab some paper […]
July 2, 2015

Awareness: Honoring Your Self

What is awareness? It can be defined as intuitive knowledge or information void of judgment. People may see things in us that we refuse to see in ourselves. All too often, we may be unwilling to discuss with others the negative aspects of ourselves. This unwillingness often leads to criticism, defensiveness and ultimately not feeling understood. When we refuse to listen to what life is telling us, life has a way of making this point very clear. Life wants us to be aware of ourselves so we can make necessary adjustments in order to live more harmoniously. No one wants to be accused of something they did not do. Likewise, […]