Today, I can clearly see my addictions for what they truly were: ancient sages in dark robes, and shamans dressed in demonic costumes.
Simply sitting with emotional pain and the urge to 'use' is the single toughest part of continued recovery for any type of addict.
I dreamed of adventures with my daughters, creative journeys indulged, meaningful meditation, and perhaps a little magic. But instead I got addiction, arguments, finally a confession, and now a slow lurch toward recovery.
Art therapy has two goals. First, it aims to give patients an avenue to release their stress and other anxieties. Second, it aims to help our patients get grounded and believe that their addiction is just a roadblock they can overcome.
I wonder how many times in our lives, when something happens -- an accident or incident -- how much of our experience, our reaction, and feelings are really us or due to our point of view on how we should be feeling, acting, based on what we are taught is good and bad. Do we ever know how the ...
Any event, small or big, can have a greatly traumatic or vital effect on our lives. The severity does not depend on the size of the event, rather on the emotional impact it has on each of us, and how we experience it. What can be highly traumatic for one can be nothing for another.
While treatment is a protected environment, many women do not feel entirely safe and supported in a coed facility and may even be further traumatized. For women who struggle with relationship issues such as codependency, etc., attending a coed treatment center can inhibit the recovery process.