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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nobody likes getting outside of their comfort zone. We often felt that we would be alright with our drugs and alcohol as long as nobody bothered us and we could stay hidden from the world. Eventually, our desire to stay in the comfortable nest of addiction led to isolation, depression, anger, and exacerbation of ourRead More

Treating the Mind, Body, and Spirit in Recovery

Addiction is a complex disease that affects us mentally, physically, and spiritually. Therefore, in order to successfully manage our recovery, we must focus on addressing all the problems related to our mind, body, and spirit that caused or exacerbated our problems with drugs and alcohol. When we improve each component, we find that we areRead More

Improve Your Recovery with Music

Kahlil Gibran once said, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” Everyone has felt, at some point, the power of music at a deep emotional level. Just as music can move us, it can also heal us. Music therapy is a form of therapy thatRead More

What is Transcendental Meditation?

Transcendental Meditation is a form of meditation that uses silent mantras as a technique avoid distracting thoughts and promote relaxation and awareness. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the spiritual guru who developed the Transcendental Meditation technique, said, “By enlivening this most basic level of life, Transcendental Meditation is that one simple procedure which can raise the lifeRead More

The Neuroscience of Meditation

Many men and women in recovery use meditation as a major tool in maintaining sobriety. 12-Step Recovery programs suggest prayer and meditation, and other recovery programs, such as Refuge Recovery, use meditation as one of the central means of maintaining happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety. Scientific research into the benefits of meditation have provenRead More

Buddhism and Addiction Recovery

Many people in recovery believe that addiction stems from a spiritual sickness. In attempt to overcome the spiritual aspect of the disease, many men and women turn to Buddhism. In fact, several recovery programs, such as Refuge Recovery, have begun using Buddhism and Buddhist principles as a means of achieving and maintaining sobriety. The principlesRead More

The Value of Daily Affirmations

Singer/song writer Willie Nelson once said, “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” When we cultivate a mental state of positivity, we find that we are able to maintain a more optimistic outlook on life which, in turns, helps us successfully navigate our daily interactions and be at lessRead More

Improve Your Health by Hiking

Getting physically active can be a great way to help your health and recovery. Hiking is a powerful and versatile workout that has major physical and mental health benefits. Whether we start slow or want to push ourselves, hiking is an exercise that can be taken up by anyone with any level of fitness orRead More

Three Meditation Tips for Beginners

Meditation is a great way to heal the brain from the damaging consequences of our time in addiction. According to The Buddhist Centre, “Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learnRead More