Relaxing in Recovery

January 10, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s not much point in pretending that all those years of dousing the brain with toxins hasn’t left its mark.

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The Colors of Serenity

April 16, 2015 by Cecile

We were using the same kind of language to talk about it: Focusing, centering, in the moment, relaxing, stress-reducing, peaceful.

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Balancing Act

March 5, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Faded drawing of man's head in profile, on old-looking, stained paper. The "brain area" is filled with gears.

It’s just an extremely effective way to establish a reasoned, rational sense of self that is unaffected by crisis and conflict.

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Building Your Recovery Routine

March 20, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

There may be new practices specifically to support recovery — taking up yoga or meditation, a sport or hobby, or making important changes in diet or exercise.

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep in Early Recovery

January 20, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

man in bed, eyes wide open, clock showing 3:30 (presumably a.m.). The picture is broken up on a white background- "fractured"

For most of us, sleep problems are related to the recovery process itself, and the complex changes that occur as the brain heals following considerable abuse

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Dangerously Close to Relapse

December 19, 2012 by Soberchrystal

Sober Chrystal talks about the moment when her five years of sobriety hung in the balance and nearly went over the cliff.

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The Stress Toolbox

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Doesn’t mean we can expect to solve the problem right away, just that we’ve done something that moves us in the direction of a solution — and gives us permission to relax for a while.

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Slips and How to Avoid Them

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Treatment generally includes identifying high risk situations and making a plan for dealing with them. Benny knew his sales meetings were high-risk; he just wasn’t willing to give them up without a trial. Three slips later, he acknowledged reality.

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Cultivating Calm

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It helps to think of anxiety as simply a part of our body’s natural response to stress. It’s a protective response with both physiological and psychological aspects.

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Calm as a Tool for Better Living

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Calm is a tool we learn to use so that we can deal more successfully with life and the problems we all face.

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