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Dear Rae: He Drinks Way More Than I Thought!

Dear Rae: He drinks way more than I thought! I am embarrassed to say I met a guy 3 years ago online and I fell in love. Yes, he drank, but I was not aware of the degree. Trust is an issue with me, but I tried to be open. We married 2 years ago, […]

Mothers of Addiction – Women Influence Treatment Outcomes

  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make 80 percent of health care decisions in the United States. I’m not surprised. As a mother of grown children, I can attest to the fact they never really leave the nest. And women still take on the primary role of caregiver in families, even if […]

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What is Brainspotting? Innovations in Addiction Treatment

  Brainspotting is a brain-based psychotherapy approach that uses the field of vision to find where a person is holding, not only trauma, but any negative experience in their brain. We say with Brainspotting, where you look is how you feel…  Brainspotting developer, David Grand, Ph.D.   What is Brainspotting? The optic nerve connects and […]

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Demystifying Admissions to Addiction Treatment

We understand that making the call to get information about addiction treatment can be a daunting process – for many reasons. Making the decision to accept help for a substance use disorder (SUD), or to find help for a loved one, is a brave step and we are here to assist you along the way. […]

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Adults (Especially Women), Alcohol Consumption & COVID-19

  We’ve been under the thumb of COVID-19 long enough now, that the statistics are beginning to come in. There has been a more than 50% increase in national sales of alcohol in 2020. And a new survey by RAND Corporation shows that those over the age of 30 increased alcohol consumption 14% during May […]

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Manipulation – The Fourth Defense of Addiction

  This is the fourth and final article in a series on understanding and dealing with the primary defenses of addictive disease. Please notice my choice of words, “the defenses of addictive disease”. Not, “the defenses of the person you love”. There is a difference between the person you love and the disease process in […]

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Figuring Out the Formula for Long-Term Recovery

  I’ve been in recovery for eight and a half years. During that time, I have evolved into a completely different person: I lead an intentional and healthful life with a sense of purpose and meaning. I have never felt so alive and so empowered. My journey wasn’t easy, but it absolutely was worth it. […]

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The Importance of Healthy Attachments – Limelight Interview

Emphasizing the importance of healthy attachments is a mainstay in addiction treatment. Particularly when speaking of positive outcomes in recovery. Like the legs of a stool, the more support one has, the sturdier the result.   What are Healthy Attachments? “Attachment” is defined as: a strong emotional bond, an affectionate regard, fidelity to a cause, […]

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11 Reasons Michigan Autumn is Good for Your Health

  Like a disoriented snowbird, I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, from Florida a few years ago. Florida – where everyone expects it to be sweltering from May until October, and temperate from November to April. Where people huddle inside hoodies and complain when the weather drops beneath 50 degrees. Where there is nary a […]

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Childhood Experience and Addiction – Hole in the Soul

Childhood Experience and Addiction – Hole in the Soul I grew up in a family where my dad died when I was only 6 months old. My mum re-married and because of that, my brothers and I had a different surname than she and my stepdad. We wanted to keep our father’s name. All this […]

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