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The Principles of Recovery: Discipline

Putting Our Thoughts Into Action When we last talked about the principles of recovery, the topic was love. Specifically, we discussed moving our focus from inward to outward. We’re going to continue that thread this week in our discussion of discipline, the next principle of recovery. Step Nine of Alcoholics Anonymous states that we “made…

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Mindfulness in Eating Disorder Recovery

The Importance of Being in the Present Moment A recent article by the always-excellent Eating Disorder Hope talked a bit about mindfulness in eating disorder recovery and, in doing so, echoed some of the things we’ve said in past blogs. The piece quotes Kristen Neff, author and associate professor in the Educational Psychology department at…

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Trauma-Informed Care at Ocean Recovery

Overwhelmed and Unable to Cope As we’ve stated in a number of previous blogs, trauma is an unprocessable occurrence. It’s an event that’s too horrible to put into words. Survivors of trauma often find themselves overwhelmed or unable to cope. Furthermore, because these folks can’t find a way to process this event, they will relive…

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The Principles of the Twelve Steps: Humility

A Bedrock Necessity On page 70, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states that, “the attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of A.A.’s Twelve Steps. For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all.” We’ve said numerous times in our previous analyses that the principles overlap, support,…

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Coping With Traumatic Stress at Ocean Recovery

An Overwhelming Sense of Helplessness Traumatic experiences, and the traumatic stress that follows, are the result of circumstances beyond our control. Whether it’s “hard” trauma, like the horrors of war, or “soft” trauma, such as emotional or sexual abuse, we survivors often feel an overwhelming sense of helplessness. And, all too often, our response to…