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22 Sep

Combating Cravings

Combating cravings Cravings are a normal and natural part of recovery.  Cravings are often stronger and more intense in early recovery.  Many recovering persons report they continue to experience cravings years after abstaining from drugs and alcohol  The key to dealing with these cravings is to learn how to manage them.  Craving typically cannot last […]

16 Sep
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Help Prevent Distress in Hurricane Victims

The Checklist Water, check.  Extra batteries, check.  Sandbags, check.  Non-perishable foods, check.  Every resident of Wilmington was endlessly reviewing the checklist to prepare for Hurricane Florence.  Tension was high as home improvement stores ran out of plywood and propane.  Lines at gas stations were long and many residents were disappointed when they pulled up to […]

25 Aug
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Find an Addiction Specialist

How do you find out if you need an addiction specialist? There are several standardized addiction assessments that are easy to administer at a physician’s office, the emergency department, or even on college campuses.  These are typically brief and short to identify risk factors that a person may be suffering from addiction.  Examples of questions […]

11 Aug
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Three tips to avoid burn out

Burn out refers to the mental, physical, and/or emotional drain that is caused by stressors in one’s life.  Work is often blamed for burn out.  However, we can also be burnt out from taking care of family or friends.  We become exhausted and before we know it we’re running on fumes.  Below are three tips […]

04 Aug
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Comprehensive Addiction Treatment

Thinking Outside the Box For Addiction Treatment By Kimberly Hayes When we think about addiction recovery, our minds usually go to traditional methods: rehabilitation centers, 12-step programs, and counseling. It’s the default for most addicts trying to get sober. But for some addicts, alternative recovery methods could be more effective. Below are 5 alternative addiction […]

28 Jul
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Calling all women

Bitch. A word that hits women to the core.  It is a true insult and one that many avoid.  In my college public speaking course, the class was challenged to provide a five minute speech in front of the class on the first day.  After each student took their turn, the professor remarked the women […]

5 tips on how to handle wedding planning stress

Today’s blog post is a feature from a colleague, Priscilla Rodriguez, LMFT.  She is based out of San Antonio, TX and helps couples reconnect and enhance their relationships.  With wedding season upon us, I thought it was approrpriate and helpful to feature a piece she wrote.  Enjoy! 5 tips on how to handle wedding planning […]

7 Ways Mentally Strong People Handle Stress

7 Ways Mentally Strong People Deal with Stress They accept that stress is a part of life Stress and suffering are a part of life. Big changes do not occur without stress. When we accept this we can stop wasting mental energy on trying figure it out and move toward coping. They keep problems in […]

Thoughts versus Emotions

Thoughts vs Emotions “I feel bad.” “That makes me feel some type of way.” “I feel like having pizza for dinner.” Popular culture has used feelings and thoughts interchangeable.  Despite the word ‘feel’ in the above statements, those are examples of thoughts.  This can be confusing when you are trying to make sense of how […]