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When Not To Be Nice

When Not To Be Nice | Willing Ways

The late Dr. Harriet Braiker continues to teach us when and how to say no. “Niceness is the psychological armor of the people-pleaser.” ~ Harriet B. Braiker Do you act on a daily basis on any of these internalized beliefs? “I should never say ‘no’ to anyone who needs or requests something of me.” “I should never[…]

What Is Healthy Distraction?

What is Healthy Distraction? | Willing Ways

How distraction can help prevent relapse. In Relapse Prevention 101, one of the techniques recovering addicts learn is a distraction. Many are already familiar with the unhealthy version of this skill. After all, people often develop addictions in an effort to distract themselves from the pain of daily life. If addiction is itself a distraction, how could[…]

Fear Itself

Fear Itself Addiction, Recovery and a Path to Prevention

Addiction, recovery and a path to prevention The practice of prevention—keeping young people safe and alive—often relies heavily on outcome-based evidence of educational approaches and initiatives, not to mention the psychosocial research that guides them. But there’s a companion approach to be found in the experience of addiction and recovery, both subjects of an expo sponsored by[…]

Addiction and Depression

Addiction and Depression | Willing Ways

Simple Tools to Help Addicts and Others Push Back Against Depression Symptoms. Depression is probably the most common co-occurring disorder addicts present with. Unsurprisingly, addicts frequently feel demoralized and hopeless about their lives and health.  Altered brain chemistry exacerbates these feelings and often leads to depression.  The following suggestions, however, go a long way towards relieving the symptoms of[…]


4 Disciplines of Execution Strategic Organizational Change

Relapse does not have to be part of addiction recovery. Generally, when an addict is sent to or voluntarily enters treatment, s/he is told to expect relapse, that returning to using is a natural part of the recovery process. While it is certainly true that many addicts and alcoholics do relapse during the early stages[…]

Dreams and Recovery from Addiction

Dreams and Recovery from Addiction

Help from the unconscious. After more than thirty—five years of working with my own and other people’s dreams, I am convinced that all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness. Even the worst recurring nightmares come to help the dreamer move forward more consciously in the direction of his/her health and wholeness. If a dream is remembered at all,[…]

Motivating Loved Ones to Seek Recovery

Motivating Loved Ones to Seek Recovery

A guide to help loved ones find the motivation for recovery People suffering from eating disorders are often ambivalent about recovering, which makes these types of illnesses harder to treat. Helping loved ones find their motivation for recovery can sometimes be hampered by the circumstances under which they “accepted” the need for treatment in the first place, i.e. was[…]

Being “Sober” Versus Being in “Recovery”

Difference Between Being “Sober” Versus Being in “Recovery”

What’s the difference between being “sober” versus being in “recovery”? There is an important distinction between being “sober” and being in “recovery”. The differences are clear to those who have experienced both phases in their healing process from alcoholism. When an alcoholic is “sober” from alcohol without attending a mutual-help program, therapy, medication management, and/or treatment then they are in a[…]

Do you have a digital addiction?

Do you have a digital addiction?

Are you digitally addicted? Hours-long Internet surfing that contributes to severe weight loss or gain, obsessive e-mail checking, and freaking out (beyond the initial few minutes) when your cell phone goes missing may be signs that you have a digital addiction. Executive Director Cosette Dawna Rae, MSW, LSWAIC heads up an Internet addiction recovery program called RESTART[…]

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