The Science of Prayer

The Science of Prayer

Prayer is perhaps the most powerful vessel of our time. Whether we’re religious or not, there’s something calming and reassuring about having someone or something to confide in when we need help– something to help give us guidance, or to simply help us feel better. Prayer can be a very powerful tool when it comes […]

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Counting Our Holiday Blessings

Counting Our Holiday Blessings

You might have heard: Christmas is literally right around the corner! By now Thanksgiving is a few weeks away, and while we may or may not still have any turkey left in the fridge, we can probably all attest to experiencing a generally more pleasant mood when we’re out and about. People tend to be […]

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Believing in Ourselves

Believing in Ourselves

There are a lot of folks that say that seeing is believing. That’s true, to an extent. There’s plenty of things we want to see to believe. Even more that we have to see to believe. Cops usually have to see a crime scene to know it happened. We have to see a storm coming […]

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Leaving Self-Destructive Behaviors in the Past

Leaving Self-Destructive Behaviors in the Past

On page 137 of the Big Book, the author provides a shockingly detailed description of one man’s demise after two weeks of binge drinking: “After two weeks of drinking, he had placed his toe on the trigger of a loaded shotgun– the barrel was in his mouth.” It’s a graphic depiction, but it shows a […]

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Making the Most out of a Second Chance

Making the Most out of a Second Chance

You’re hollow. You have no control. You feel pain, but you’ve gotten so used to it by now that it’s become your new normal. Friends have left you. Family is leaving. Work is all but a distant dream, because you can’t even bring yourself to concentrate on something else long enough to be halfway productive. […]

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Why Treatment Only Does As Much As You Let It

Why Treatment Only Does As Much As You Let It

Imagine you just won a million dollars. Maybe you struck it big in the lottery, or maybe the company you work for just got bought out and that was your cut. Maybe you sold some stocks. Anyway, you have a million extra dollars to your name now. What if, instead of spending it or investing […]

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The Importance of Group Therapy

The Importance of Group Therapy

If you only read a part of The Big Book, you may have been startled by an assertion the author makes fairly early on in the reading. “We are powerless over [addiction], and our lives have become unmanageable.” Even as treatment specialists, we’ll admit that it can be quite scary to read something that basically […]

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Training our Minds with Treatment

Training our Minds with Treatment

We can train our minds to do a lot of incredible things. For example, there’s Santa Claus. Admired by millions of us since we were kids, it’s hard to believe that someone we all know to be completely made up could still encourage us to spend so much money and make so much time for […]

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Becoming Recovery Warriors

Becoming Recovery Warriors

Addiction treatment is very much like war. We face an enemy that’s cunning, bold, and uses evasive tactics to try to hit us where it hurts, but each strategy we learn, tool we make, and activity we master in treatment is a numbing blow to addiction’s head. It’s important that we adopt this warlike mentality […]

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