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Rehab 101: The Importance of Sharing, Opening Up, Confiding and Trusting

“Nature never sends a great man into the ground without confiding the secret to another soul.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “confide” as follows: ‘to trust’ And it defines “trust” as: ‘reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something’ So, what does confiding in someone, trusting someone,…

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Psychiatrist vs. Therapist

Sometimes, when we finally commit to looking for help, what we find just complicates things. Indeed, what most people know about therapy, they’ve learned from TV and movies. In films, whenever someone needs help with addiction or mental health treatment, they see a psychiatrist or therapist. It doesn’t matter what title the script gives to…

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Rehab 101: When Facing “Resistance to Change” in Body, Mind or Spirit, Open-Mindedness and Willingness are Key

“Change is never painful. Only the resistance to change is painful.” – Buddha So often in early addiction recovery (or later for that matter, after months and years of being sober/clean), we find ourselves facing either relationship issues, work-related matters or other “life situations” that require us to change how we’ve approached them in the…

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Rehab 101: We Don’t Drink or Use, No Matter What “Past Baggage” We’re Facing

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” – Will Rogers When we’ve “finally had enough” and come into recovery—via an addiction treatment center, an impaired professionals program or a 12 Steps fellowship—most of us are told that abstinence from drinking or using drugs is an essential beginning—”we don’t drink or use, no matter…

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Rehab 101: Self-Care = A Multi-Dimensional Relapse Prevention Tool

“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the most important gift I’ve been given.” – Parker Palmer Being in recovery—whether early on (e.g., in treatment for alcohol or drug abuse) or with many years “clean and sober”—we’re often reminded of the importance of regularly practicing self-care (i.e., daily self-care).…