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Somatic Awareness – 5 Activities to Enhance Somatic Awareness

Somatic awareness is the acute attention to physiological sensations that alert us to impending discomfort, whether that be in our bodies, minds, or environment. It is a sensitivity to internal sensations that can be honed for heightened guidance in life, about when to take action, when to pause, who to surround ourselves with, etc.  

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Nutrition: A Key to Successful Recovery

Many of us have come across a host of dietary and nutritional advice in our lifetime and it can be a challenge to keep it all straight, even if you don’t have a serious addiction thrown into the mix. Food itself has fed into many addictions. The impact of sugar and carbohydrates on neurotransmitters that

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Dealing with Denial

Let’s talk about denial. Some say,“I don’t deny anything that is truth, why would someone who is struggling with addiction lie and minimize their problem.” Well, there is a bit more complexity to this phenomena than one might think. We won’t even broach the topic of truth being relative because, for our purposes, we are

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Finding Relief: the Power of Meditation

Ever wonder how those spiritual masters, saints, and gurus got so calm, cool and collected. Were they born with an innate awareness of a higher reality? Were they bodily and mentally different than the rest of us? Is there any hope for a suffering addict to experience the relief of transcendence, when the mere thought

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Three Different Avenues of Support: PHP, IOP, and Extended Care Sober Living

With the rise of addiction and alcoholism across the globe, and the precarious nature of new found sobriety, it is apparent that one cannot have too much support in this endeavor. And yet many factors affect an individual’s commitment to various levels of care: amount of freedom to follow opportunities that arise, how much medical

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The Power of Nature – Let the Healing Begin

Come Forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.  -William Wordsworth There is no shortage of inspiring nature quotes from poets and writers, and creative seekers. So many people, even if far removed from easy access to the natural world, have some awareness of the goodness of getting out into nature, even

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The Recovery Table – An Interview with Recovery Coach, Mary Davis (Conducted by Bonnie Wood)

Mary is a recovery coach with a private practice in Asheville, NC. She is presently working towards her certification as a substance abuse counselor, facilitating DWI groups for Second Spring Counseling, and offering life skill classes to local sober homes, including Oasis Recovery, in order to help clients transition back into society after treatment. We

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