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Buddhist Addiction Recovery

Buddhist Addiction Recovery

For addicts of all stripes, connecting with a supportive group of others who understand and share your experience without judgment, and who are both willing and able to lift you up through times of uncertainty, can mean the difference between relapse and recovery. Twelve-step groups arose out of Bill Wilson’s AA model in 1935, which […]

A Recovery Journey Through Art

A Recovery Journey Through Art

By Suzanne Kane            Pamela Staker wields a mean brush, passionately applying her beloved oils to canvas. The Chicago native has a long history with art, first becoming acquainted with it by watching her mother paint. While having access to materials made making art a lot more convenient, Staker says art has always been a release […]

When Recovery Isn’t What You Hoped It Would Be

When Recovery Isn’t What You Hoped It Would Be

By Heather Rolland, LCSW When I worked as a therapist in an outpatient rehab, I used to joke around calling myself a “sobriety salesperson.” Unlike a used car salesperson, I would talk openly with my clients about what to expect. And perhaps more importantly, what could not be expected from sobriety, and how tough it […]

Tips For Life After Addiction Recovery

Tips For Life After Addiction Recovery

Battling addiction has probably been your biggest life challenge. You struggled with your dependency and finally made the courageous admission of being an addict. You asked for help, went through treatment and stopped using. Now you face life after getting clean and sober. Your struggle is not over, and you will face the urge to […]

Animal Therapy In Addiction Recovery

Animal Therapy In Addiction Recovery

By Jeanene Swanson Many people know the feeling of being able to forget their worries when they’re around animals. Pets, especially dogs, can be loyal, and the love they give is usually unconditional. For people recovering from addiction, however, pets can offer even more: They can assist with rehabilitation in countless and often unrecognizable ways. […]

Growing Up In Addiction Recovery

Growing Up In Addiction Recovery

By Meghan Vivo Before they’re even born, most parents have a vision for their children. We picture them as grown adults, making their own way in the world and perhaps even being there for us as we age. But not everyone follows the same path to maturity. Some take a roundabout course through addiction and […]