Mental Health Issues


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Wellness

The ‘Just Stress’ Fallacy, and When It’s More Than Worry

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November 26, 2021

The world we live in is busy and full of information, making it really hard to know what is going on. We have news channels telling stories of the state of the world, social media populating our mind with articles about everything we could possibly care about. We have…

Practicing Mindfulness in Recovery


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Recovery Tips

One Day at a Time – Practicing Mindfulness in Recovery

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November 24, 2021

Many of us are familiar with the phrase “taking life one day at a time.” It’s been a standby in my life for as long as I can remember. However, I haven’t always put it in practice.  The reality is that in recovery sometimes you need to take it…

JamesHaggerty Do Our Best


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What It Means to Do Your Best and Why It’s Okay to Fail in the Process

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November 11, 2021

In most competitive sports, some kind of score or scoring system matters. Scoring is a metric we use to find out who “won” but also to see where we measure up personally (or as a team) in our growth. With cold, hard statistics, it is easy to find out…

Why Relying on Others Is a Good Thing


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Relationships

Relying on Others Is Not a Bad Thing — In Fact, It’s Important

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November 5, 2021

As we exist in the modern world, many of us have become very proud of being independent and self-sufficient. Our culture and society depend on being strong individuals, taking sole responsibility for the circumstances in our lives, and pulling our own weight without asking for help. However, it is…

How To Boost Your Happiness and Inner Strength


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How To Boost Your Long-Term Happiness and Inner Strength

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October 4, 2021

Everybody wants to be happy, but many obstacles get in our way. “Choosing” to be happy is something that is much more difficult than it seems. Happiness is a natural feeling that comes and goes. This begs the question: is there a way that we can help ourselves to…

Daily Reflections While in AA


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Relapse Prevention

The Power of Daily Reflections While in AA

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September 16, 2021

When I first sought treatment for my alcohol dependency, it felt overwhelming. Admitting that I had a problem was the first step, but sometimes it seemed unimaginable and overwhelming  to even consider the other steps to follow. Luckily, Alcoholics Anonymous was an amazing group that gave me the tools…

What's Emotional Intelligence?


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Emotional Intelligence and its Role in Addiction Recovery

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August 30, 2021

Consider the number of times in a typical day that you automatically perceive the emotions of someone around you, based on their body language, facial expression, words, or energy. For most people this is intuitive, but many believe that you can learn to strengthen the ability. When you combine…

Cope with Triggers and Avoid Relapse


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How to Cope with Triggers and Avoid Relapse

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August 19, 2021

Coping with triggers can be one of the trickiest parts of the recovery process. Triggers can come on suddenly, and the emotions that they stir up are often intense. Every person on a recovery journey will experience something that triggers them along the way. Triggers can bring a person…

Addiction Portrayal in the Media


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Culture and News

How the Media Portrays Substance Use Disorder – The Good, Bad, and Honest

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August 11, 2021

I never really thought about the influence of the media on addiction and alcoholism until I started  my own journey of recovery. In fact, it is nearly impossible to spend an evening watching TV without seeing or hearing drugs or alcohol being referenced or used. When driving in your…

How Tai Chi Might Help You With Your Recovery


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How Tai Chi Might Help You With Your Recovery 

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July 20, 2021

There are a multitude of methods people use to help them on their journey of recovery. Because everyone’s process of healing is unique, there are many different approaches to how one can deal with things like added stress in their lives.

From exercise to meditation, every person uses a variety…

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Welcome to my ongoing journey… Join me as we continue our path to sobriety and balance. Thanks for reading. Stay strong.

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