Introducing Our New Contributing Blogger John Lee!

May 20th, 2014 | Posted by Andrea Grant in Addiction | Addiction & Recovery | Addiction Discussions | Addiction Education | Adolescents | Men's Issues | Parenting | Relationships - (Comments Off on Introducing Our New Contributing Blogger John Lee!)

U.S. Journal Training, along with Counselor, is pleased to welcome John Lee, M.A., as our newest contributing blogger! John Lee is the best-selling author of The Flying Boy: Healing the Wounded Man, and has written over twenty books, including his upcoming book, The Mother-Son Dynamic. John’s highly innovative work in the fields of emotional intelligence, anger management …
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Forgiveness: Why It’s Worth It

April 29th, 2014 | Posted by Tian Dayton in ACoA | Grief | PTSD | Relationships - (Comments Off on Forgiveness: Why It’s Worth It)

Life is full of pain. About this we have no choice, it comes with the territory. What we do have choice around is how much we suffer. Life is full of ups and downs and feeling wounded occasionally doesn’t necessarily indicate that we’re doing anything wrong. Forgiveness allows us to be in charge of our …
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High-End Deprivation, the Dark Side of Wealth

February 27th, 2014 | Posted by Tian Dayton in ACoA | Addiction | Adolescents | PTSD | Relationships | Shopping Addiction | Wealth Addiction - (Comments Off on High-End Deprivation, the Dark Side of Wealth)

Understanding Children of Wealth It is no social secret that having wealth can provide a person with status, power, and open the doors to acquiring education and polish.  If the rest of a person is attended to by maintaining healthy moral and personal values the wealthy person will generally have a strong enough inner world …
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A Valentine’s Gift for You

February 13th, 2014 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Relationships | Women's Issues - (Comments Off on A Valentine’s Gift for You)

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet “You don’t spell it . . . you feel it.” – Pooh — A.A. Milne, “Winnie The Pooh” You were raised on tales of Prince Charming coming to your rescue and thereby proving his undying love. You’ve seen numerous movies and read many books where strong, feisty women are …
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The Black Hole: Trauma and Addiction

February 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Tian Dayton in ACoA | Addiction | Addiction Discussions | Addiction Education | Adolescents | PTSD | Relationships | Trauma - (Comments Off on The Black Hole: Trauma and Addiction)

It has long been understood in the vernacular of the addictions field that those whose “lives become unmanageable” through excessive use of drugs and alcohol may be trying to “drown their pain.” While initially, addicts may feel they have found a way to manage a pain-filled inner world, this synthetic form of mood management can …
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Conversations with a Higher Power – January

January 30th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Greaney in Addiction | Relationships | Weekly Reflections & Guidance - (Comments Off on Conversations with a Higher Power – January)

“Dear Higher Power, I come to you seeking help.” With that simple sentence and heartfelt sentiment I, a self-identified recovering Roman Catholic, made a dramatic surrender and concerted effort to connect with my Higher Power. In Twelve Step recovery this is expressed in Step Eleven, “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact …
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Broken Rituals: Restoring Our Connection to Hope and Happiness Around the Holidays

December 11th, 2013 | Posted by Tian Dayton in ACoA | Addiction | Addiction Discussions | Relationships | Trauma - (Comments Off on Broken Rituals: Restoring Our Connection to Hope and Happiness Around the Holidays)

Who wants to be dark and dreary around the holidays? Everything around us suggests that this is a season of merriment, that holidays are meant to be a time of touching togetherness and affirming bonds of family and friends. But for those whose lives have been affected by living with addiction, this season can also …
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Using Your Resilience When the Holidays Threaten to Be Not So Happy

December 6th, 2013 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Relationships - (Comments Off on Using Your Resilience When the Holidays Threaten to Be Not So Happy)

It’s the holidays . . . so be happy Isn’t that what all the songs, the stories, the TV specials tell us? Happy is even the first or second sentiment of all of the messages we receive on everything from our postage stamps to the music in elevators: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Eid Greetings, Happy …
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I know these might seem like strange words coming from a psychologist, but stop a moment and try this on: When you back someone you love into a corner by blaming him for feeling bad about yourself, and he tells you you’re nuts, it’s hurtful—to him and to you. But consider that you may be …
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