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Writing your Story: The Benefits of Journaling

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 21:09 PM

By: Kate Mills is an analytics specialist and content creator for the RECO Intensive Outpatient Program. Responsible for curating RECO’s social media accounts, website content, and blog posts, she spends her workdays writing for and interacting with the RECO community, and believes that everyone has a story to tell.     “The universe is made of stories, not […]

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10 Things to accomplish in the next 30 days

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 16:54 PM

    Find a new favorite artist As a huge music fan, I am always looking for a new favorite tune. And in today’s world of smart phones it is easier than ever to explore the changing world of music. I use Apple Music to fulfill all my musical needs, but there are plenty of […]

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Painting the Pain Away

Posted on August 01, 2016 at 10:30 AM

  As the Expressive Art Instructor at The Oaks at La Paloma, I spend time encouraging patients to be creative and teaching them to paint. Even if they are not artistically inclined, I believe that creating art is a great way for patients to express themselves. Recently, I had a patient who believed that she […]

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40 x 3 x 3

Posted on July 25, 2016 at 10:30 AM

40 minutes to think about things It takes me 40 minutes to drive to Black Bear Lodge from my home. I am lucky that I get to drive against the traffic, and the country roads leading up to the mountains are quiet in the morning. I left home around 6.45am today and the sun is […]

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Breathing and Mindfulness

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 19:48 PM

  First, I want say that I am no expert on breathing techniques or mindfulness practices. I actually just adopted them into my life. But within the few weeks I have been meditating and doing breathing exercises, I have already felt tremendous positive changes. It’s not just me either. There seems to be a buzz […]

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Recovery’s Best Friend

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 21:55 PM

    Throughout history dogs have played a vital role in human life. From service dogs for people with disabilities, to police and army dogs who routinely save lives, to hunting dogs that track game, to your everyday household family dog, we use dogs to assist us in many different tasks. One of the most […]

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Pregnant In Recovery

Posted on June 08, 2016 at 18:23 PM

Having a child was something I never thought I wanted. I spent years in active addiction, overwhelmed with hopelessness and fear. I was clouded with substances, and the last thing I was thinking about was bringing a child into the world. After 2 ½ years of being clean, working a program, building a support network, […]

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Goals in Early Recovery

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 20:36 PM

By: Nadia Sheikh – content writer and web developer for Sober Nation.     Life in recovery isn’t easy at the beginning, whether you’re leaving treatment or getting sober on your own. Old habits die hard, and we can tend to slip back into our addict behaviors. Here are some goals to work towards in […]

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Happy, Healthy, Hobby

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 20:31 PM

Being in recovery is not easy! After treatment many people feel lost and confused about what the next steps may be. Learning to use your new found freedom from addiction can be a grueling task and having too much free time can be a dangerous prospect. So why not use your freedom to start a […]

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A More Energized Coachella Valley

Posted on March 29, 2016 at 18:46 PM

Guest Blog by Christopher Knippers, Ph.D.    The highly intelligent, yet humorous, humble, and deeply spiritual psychologist and medical researcher Dr. Joan Borysenko spoke to an inspired audience at Michael’s House Outpatient Services in the Courtyard on a magical, balmy Palm Springs evening recently about how to renew their vitality after becoming exhausted from giving […]

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