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Are You Socially Anxious?

Psychologists have long been interested in the concept of attachment, which has its origins in childhood experiences, primarily with those who raise us. Being raised in a family where nurturance is combined about equally with structure creates what are called … Continue reading

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What’s My Book About?

Recently I attended a session at a writing conference which focused on ways to publicize and market a book. Since my first book was about to be published I was all ears. The workshop leader addressed marketing essentials. First and … Continue reading

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A Recovery Quilt

When I celebrated my fifth year of recovery my friend Miriam made a quilted wall hanging for me to mark that anniversary. She was five years ahead of me in recovery. Quilting was one of the passions that she’d reclaimed … Continue reading

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How to Gain Strength Through Difficult Experiences

As I think about the process of psychological growth, I really like the three ingredient recipe of grace, truth, and time that I wrote about in last week’s blog post. But the more I think about it, the more I … Continue reading

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Addiction to Scary Thinking     

I’ve been much more aware of my thinking as recovery progresses. The slogan, “I came for the drinking but stayed for my thinking” is very true. Even with all—or most—addictions removed it’s my thinking that causes me trouble. I write … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredients to Lasting Change

Because we all want to make changes that last To illustrate this dynamic, one of my patients once told me of a sculpture of Sisyphus, pushing his boulder up the mountain, just as the story goes. But this sculpture added … Continue reading

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Defining Recovery

It can mean very different things to different people. Because it can be applied to many different contexts, the meaning of recovery can be ambiguous and, in turns, confusing. Dictionary definitions include: the act or process of becoming healthy after … Continue reading

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Husband of Joys and Sorrows

A long war with a loved one’s addiction Published on June 17, 2014 by PT Blogs in The Guest Room By Fran Simone Alcoholism, widely recognized as a wasteland that sucks addicts and their loved ones dry, is a disease … Continue reading

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Appreciating The Faces of Love

The canoe slips through the narrow passageway just as the sun touches the water. As we round a corner, we spot a black-capped heron, poised for fishing, elegant with its delicate feathery head plume, powdery blue beak and long ivory … Continue reading

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Facing Fear

We learn early in recovery that fear is the root of our character defects. We also know—before we even read the Big Book—that it was fear underneath our addictions. We were afraid of people, of social activities, of responsibilities and … Continue reading

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