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Rehab 101: Learning to Care for Our Physical Selves in Recovery – Part One: Dealing with Illness

“The body is a boat that floats the soul in space and time.” – Saroj Aryal As people who are in recovery from substance abuse, there are a number of dimensions of our physical selves that need daily attention, if we’re to ensure we’re “covering the bases” properly. Besides the typically mentioned elements of our…

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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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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…