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Recovery in Dog Years

Having worked in various residential treatment settings over the years, I often jokingly say that it's like working in dog years. So much happens in a single day, that often when referring to a conversation that happened just yesterday, it seems like a week ago....because of the magnitude that has occurred in only 24 hours. Fortunately, the same home-spun theory applies to the person receiving treatment in a residential setting. Being immersed in a consistent, healing environment allows for much deeper and rapid healing to occur. Having the familiarity, safety and consistency of staff and peers, allows for the immersion to go deeper into the unconscious wounds allowing them to finally sur

Why Recovery Seldom Happens Alone

I’ve discovered that having a high functioning intellect, brimming with intelligence is not necessarily a benefit in the recovery world Our brain is divided into two hemispheres. Left and right. Our left brain is linear, logical and likes to think (a lot!) Our right brain is abstract, creative and emotional. The right brain is also what connects us to other humans. If we have developmental trauma, the right side of the brain does not function as effectively as the left. And there is difficulty having true intimacy and connection in relationships as well as being able to regulate the emotions effectively. Developmental trauma (which is also known as lacking secure attachment) comes from

Burly Bikers & Spirituality

I had been leading the Women's Meditation/Recovery meeting for over 2 years when the participation level started dropping off. I was determined for this meeting to continue on...but fate wasn't having it. I tried many different ways to pump life back into the group, but it finally died a slow death. What I discovered by letting the group go was that I had not been very active in the AA community and had gotten away from the foundation of my own recovery. By letting go of this meeting it got me back into 12-step groups and it also led me to exploring new meetings. I was excited to find a Sunday morning group near my home. This meeting was hard to find and I ended up arriving late. I eagerl

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