The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, and is the third substantial piece of legislation dealing with SARS-CoV-2 (which causes covid-19) in the United States. The International Monetary Fund has remarked that “unprecedented policy actions [have been] undertaken by central banks and governments world-wide.” According …
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Can You Trust Preliminary Alcohol Screening Devices?

February 28th, 2020 | Posted by CCAPP in Addiction | Health & Wellness | Impaired Driving | Policy - (Comments Off on Can You Trust Preliminary Alcohol Screening Devices?)

TSRP & LFS Responds to New York Times Article On November 3, 2019, the New York Times published an article about Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) devices. The article was titled, “These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don’t Trust Them.” The Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP) released a statement (below) as it relates to the …
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The tendency to see what you expect to see, to project your core beliefs outward, is very powerfully manifest in what you say, in your words. So, if you’re walking around believing, “I am a mess” or “I am a loser,” or “I am unattractive,” then chances are you will also say these things, in …
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The Impact of Toxic Shame

November 1st, 2019 | Posted by TJ Woodward in Addiction | Addiction & Recovery | Counselor Education | Health & Wellness | Integrative Living | Mindfulness | Relationships | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on The Impact of Toxic Shame)

What does toxic shame do to us? Why is it such a destructive thing? First, there’s a physical consequence. Our perspective on life and the feeling tone we are holding about ourselves affect our health in many ways. Our core beliefs affect not only the way we see ourselves and the world, but also affect …
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A holistic and integrative recovery acknowledges and utilizes the power that resides in all four rooms of the human experience: the physical, the mental, the emotional, and the spiritual. The physical room gives us the insight that addiction is a disease, and working from that insight has offered us many powerful tools and approaches. I …
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Pain seems to be a part of the human experience. Naturally, most of us prefer to feel loved, safe, and connected rather than sad, lonely, or afraid. But the latter feelings seem to be a part of life. In Buddhism, the First Noble Truth states that: “Pain in life is inevitable but suffering is not. …
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Finding Purpose

August 14th, 2019 | Posted by TJ Woodward in Addiction & Recovery | Health & Wellness | Integrative Living | Mindfulness | Spirit Recovery Blog | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Finding Purpose)

When we talk about purpose, we generally refer to something in the outer realm, something we want to do. We tend to believe that if we achieve this thing or that thing, then we will acquire what we want, whether that’s fulfillment or happiness or a better standard of living. We often look at our …
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We often hear addictive behavior described in other terms—as a disease, or as a coping mechanism. Both can seem inherently negative in connotation. They suggest that that there’s something wrong that needs to be fixed. “I am an addict and that’s what’s wrong.” In the western medical model, the problem is the disease of addiction, …
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Awakened Living

July 25th, 2019 | Posted by TJ Woodward in Health & Wellness | Integrative Living | Mindfulness | Spirit Recovery Blog | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Awakened Living)

When we have forgotten the truth of who and what we are, we are living unconsciously. Our thoughts and behaviors are taken over by the old habits, patterns, and conditioning of our past. We lose our freedom of choice in how to respond to life. When we are not awake to our true nature, we …
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