Category Archives: Health

Surviving and Thriving in the “Happy Holidays”

The greeting “Happy Holidays!” carries with it the expectation of joy, celebration and happy times. Yet our actual experience of the holiday season is sometimes the opposite. The joyful experience that the holiday season is meant to be can be … Continue reading

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Addiction and Recovery (Part 4) – Co-Dependence

For a family member or friend of an alcoholic or addict, life can feel like a non-stop roller coaster ride. When we are emotionally attached to someone whose life has been rendered unmanageable by addiction, our own life can become … Continue reading

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Addiction and Recovery Part 3: “By Any Means Necessary”

First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous (the book from which the Twelve Step fellowship got its name) says that alcoholism and other addictions are “cunning, baffling, powerful.” Because of the Hydra-headed nature of addiction, treatment for it and recovery from … Continue reading

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Addiction and Recovery Part 2: The Healing Power of Community

In addiction one’s life becomes narrowed, controlled and eventually (if not treated) destroyed by the compulsive pursuit of a sensation, behavior or relationship. It is characterized by: Tolerance (always needing more) Withdrawal symptoms Self-deception Loss of willpower Distortion of attention … Continue reading

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Addiction and Recovery Part 1: What is Addiction?

Questions about addiction come up frequently in therapy. Many people have a difficult time identifying as addicts because of the stigma associated with the word. It’s not easy to accept that one might have a life-controlling problem. Some clients, especially … Continue reading

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See You In September?

For people of all ages, there’s something about September. Even for those of us who have been working throughout the summer, there’s a wistful sense that the “real year” is about to begin. The summer days dwindle down to a … Continue reading

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Creating Community Part 1: Show Up and Speak Up

Imagine if, when we left our homes tomorrow morning, every one of us saw our secret thoughts and feelings spelled out in neon lights above our heads. Would we be horrified? Would we rush to throw a blanket over our … Continue reading

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Good Grieving Part 4: Through the Darkness, Into a New World

What we call “grieving” is our journey from normalcy into the disorientation, pain and darkness of loss, and then, if we do our “good grieving” work, into a new world. We all make this journey many times, in ways big … Continue reading

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Good Grieving Part 3: Anger and Bargaining

Grieving is the name we give to the ways we respond to change and loss in our lives. We can’t stop change and loss from intruding into our lives, so we can’t not grieve, but we can learn to grieve … Continue reading

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Good Grieving Part 2: Denial

“Good grieving” is the process of responding and adjusting to change and loss while learning how to keep your heart open to hope. The “good” in “good grieving” is not about “good vs. bad,” but about “more healthy vs. less … Continue reading

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