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The Common Downward Spiral of Substance Use

August 10th, 2015 - Leave a Comment

Usually substance use begins for a simple reason. It might be because of stress or emotional pain or just plain old experimentation. However, there is well-worn path that most people move through from initial substance use all the way through addiction. Usually substance use begins for a simple reason. It might be because of stress …

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Prescription Drug Addiction Can Lead to Heroin Addiction

August 7th, 2015 - Leave a Comment

Developing a prescription drug addiction can be easy to fall into. If you’ve ever been prescribed painkillers, you know that they help alleviate pain. However, their attraction is that they can also help alleviate emotional and psychological pain. If you appreciate that benefit and get hooked on this, before you know it, you might be …

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Finally Quitting Smoking Too

August 6th, 2015 - Leave a Comment

It’s hard to kick a habit you’ve been doing most of your life. Many people begin smoking as a teen, and if you’re in your 60’s or older now, you might remember how glamorous smoking was believed to be. In fact, some believed that nicotine helped to clean out toxins in your body. Of course, …

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5 Ways To Exercise In Your Workday

August 6th, 2015 - Leave a Comment

So much of our lives revolves around our jobs. So why does our fitness exist merely in our free time? Recent evidence shows that too much sitting leads to serious health conditions down the road. So, building exercise into your otherwise stationary workday could, quite literally, save your life. Make a change this week with …

Filed Under: Mental Health, Movement and Exercise for Wellness

A Common Pathway Out of Addiction

August 5th, 2015 - Leave a Comment

Just like people might pass through typical stages when an addiction is developing, the same is true when individuals are trying to make their way out of the grip of addiction. For instance, in 1983, clinician James Prochaska developed a model that outlined five stages of change. It is known in the mental health field …

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My Eating Disorder Confession

October 22nd, 2014 - Leave a Comment
The Common Downward Spiral of Substance Use

Several months ago, I was offered the opportunity to be part of a panel discussion on the topic of Body Image and Sports Psychology. The panel needed someone who knew about eating disorders. I had not thought about this topic for at least 20 years. When I was in my late teens into my early …

Filed Under: Diet and Nutrition for Wellness, Mental Health

Food for the Soul: Best Spiritual Healing Sources

October 20th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
The Common Downward Spiral of Substance Use

Our culture could easily be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). So much media storm our senses, it’s no wonder we often feel anxiety and worry in the midst of this information tornado. In the downpour, you may as well choose an umbrella of uplifting media that are soothing to body and mind. Find a …

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An Exercise in Unconditional Love: Part 3

October 18th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
The Common Downward Spiral of Substance Use

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. —Ralph H. Blum  By now you are truly learning to embrace the healing power of unconditional love. You may be asking why people keep suggesting you focus on gratitude. Not only does gratitude shift your attention and in general make you feel better, …

Filed Under: Meditation Practice, Mental Health, Spirituality

An Exercise in Unconditional Love: Part 2

October 15th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
The Common Downward Spiral of Substance Use

Are you mastering the practice of unconditional love? The heart of forgiveness is release, no longer thinking about or needing to do anything to resolve a relationship or conflict. Sounds simple right? Studies such as the Stanford Forgiveness Project are proving the effectiveness of this process in promoting mental health. One of the most famous Christian …

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An Exercise in Unconditional Love: Part 1

October 13th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
The Common Downward Spiral of Substance Use

Have you ever found yourself driving through a city like Los Angeles during rush hour? You might be both sleepy and irritable from a full day’s work. Times like this can make you wonder if it is really possible to learn to be more present and accepting of what is happening now. Many simple and …

Filed Under: Meditation Practice, Mental Health, Spirituality