A Very Process Christmas

When you are new to recovery, it can be hard to know how to get through a regular Tuesday without drugs and alcohol, never mind a major holiday. As December 25th fast approaches, we are taking a different approach to our blog; we are inviting you behind-the-scenes of the Process Recovery Center. I have asked…

seasonal depression

Signs & Symptoms of Seasonal Depression

Chances are, if you live a notable distance from the equator, you’ve experienced the so-called “winter blues”. Frigid temperatures and shorter days can drag even the most cheerful person down. But what is seasonal depression – and how is it different? Moreover, how do you know when it’s time to seek help? ’Tis the Season…

Help: The Most Rewarding Gift

If you want to keep it, you have to give it away. By definition, that’s a contradiction. But in the recovery world, it’s fundamental. So, what does it mean? According to Jennifer Harrington, therapist at the Process Recovery Center, it’s all about making connections. “It’s about the relationship, the connection between two people,” she says.…

Christmas

Money and Recovery: Christmas Edition

Psychologists report that early Christmas decorating can make you “happier”. They link holiday decorating to light and color therapy, as well as sociability, nostalgia and childhood magic. While many people cannot look back on childhood with any real sense of fondness, holiday decorating helps some enjoy an experience they would otherwise be unable to access.…

Thanksgiving

8 Tips for a Sober Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving does not extend equal abundance to all people. While some enjoy a loving family feast of turkey and pumpkin pie, others agonize over how to make it through the day. The unique challenges posed by the holiday season can be especially destabilizing for those in early recovery. If you’re wondering how to make it…

gratitude

How to Practice Gratitude

Our daily commutes say a lot about who we are. Whether we are driving to work, the grocery store, or the park, we can learn a great deal from the way our minds function when we travel. Some people use the time to reflect on their week, while others turn the music up and try…

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Choosing the Right Recovery Pathway

Last week, a blog cropped up on Facebook and caused quite a stir in the world of social media. The author shared her decision to leave a twelve step program. After a period of self-exploration, she discovered another recovery pathway that worked for her. Once her post started making the rounds, she was subjected to…

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The Power of the Mind

Some of you may recall our recent post highlighting the Law of Attraction: We explained the ideology – namely that positive thoughts attract positive outcomes and negative thoughts attract negative outcomes – and briefly presented its history, applications, and criticisms. However, one question we neglected to answer is how, exactly, we incorporate the Law of…