Laughter Yoga: A Healthy Addiction?

Laughter Yoga: A Healthy Addiction?

By Edie Weinstein, MSW @EdieWeinstein1 The setting: a meeting room at a Center City, Philadelphia hotel during a wellness conference. The cast: people of all ages, lifestyle and dress. The directors: two women with bright smiles and welcoming presence. One of them is Peggy Tileston, MA, who holds a master’s degree in counseling from Lesley […]

Book Review: The Recovering Body – Physical And Spiritual Fitness For Living Clean And Sober

Book Review: The Recovering Body – Physical And Spiritual Fitness For Living Clean And Sober

By Jennifer Matesa Addiction punishes more than our minds, relationships and emotions, it trashes the house we live in – our bodies. Yet the physical is an often forgotten component of the recovery process. In “The Recovering Body,” author Jennifer Matesa makes the case for bringing physical activity and a healthy lifestyle into the equation. […]

Is it Easier To Get Clean Or Stay Clean?

Is it Easier To Get Clean Or Stay Clean?

By Edie Weinstein After polling dozens of clients, I’ve discovered there is no definitive answer to this question. It depends who you ask. However, one thing is certain: neither getting clean nor staying clean is easy, and each requires an investment of time, energy and intention. Here are the stories of three courageous souls who […]

Is Excessive Tanning An Addiction?

Is Excessive Tanning An Addiction?

The definition of addiction has been considerably widened since it was first used, when it was considered specific to substances. New findings have suggested that behaviors such as (but not limited to) gambling, shopping, exercising and sex also hold the potential to be addictive, and this has been clarified by analyses of the neurological effects […]

What Does An Eating Disorder Look Like?

What Does An Eating Disorder Look Like?

Eating disorders are a form of mental illness that seriously affects a person’s relationship with food and their daily eating patterns. A person with an eating disorder (ED) may consume very little (restriction) or they may eat large amounts (binging). Most often these disorders start during the tempestuous adolescent years, but they can start later […]

Codependency And Relationships In Addiction

Codependency And Relationships In Addiction

It was alcoholism that first led to the coining of the psychological term “codependency.” Now experts know that codependent personality disorder is a real mental health issue and one that can apply to people without addictions or with no experience with addictive disorders. In many cases, however, codependency occurs in relationships in which one person […]