Activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System

Our brain chemistry plays a major role in the development of addiction, so it stands to reason that it should play a role in recovery as well. A primary way of using your brain to enhance your recovery is to tap into the autonomic nervous system. This consists of two parts, each of which controls…

The Four Agreements: Shaping Your Reality

While we educate our clients on the 12 Steps and the value of working a regimented program, we also recommend a variety of outside literature to those who express interest. One of the books we most frequently lend our clients is The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. Utilizing…

Can Biofeedback Fight Addiction?

If you’ve ever seen certain movies, such as Limitless or Lucy, you’re well aware of the commonly regurgitated myth that we only use approximately 10% of our brains. This myth stems from the fact that different parts of the brain control different functions. And in many cases, these functions work involuntarily. This led some to…

Seven Heavenly Virtues: Temperance

The first article in our series on the Seven Heavenly Virtues was focused upon diligence, which we greatly associated with such qualities as faith and courage. Temperance is more aligned with prudence, and actually complements diligence quite well for those who are attempting to fully embrace the concept of virtuous living. While diligence is all…

Recovery and the Seven Heavenly Virtues

Last month, we discussed the link between the Seven Deadly Sins and the many character defects commonly associated with alcoholism and addiction. But if we are to overcome these character flaws, we must in turn look toward the Seven Heavenly Virtues. These stem originally from the Four Cardinal Virtues (justice, courage, prudence and temperance) and…

Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

We have now reached the penultimate article in our series on the Seven Deadly Sins. To date, we have covered envy, gluttony, sloth, greed, and wrath. We now turn our focus toward lust. This is a bit of a unique one, as it can manifest as either an emotion or a physical feeling. The same…

Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth

This is the second installment in our series on the Seven Deadly Sins. The first we covered was envy, right before taking a short break to cover the difference between envy and jealousy. Now, our series continues with a discussion on sloth. This is one of many character defects to be covered in this series…

Addiction and the Seven Deadly Sins

Many are familiar with the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins. Those of certain religious faiths believe these to be the primary transgressions or general character defects that will ensure we suffer a rather unfavorable afterlife. Those who are not religious will likely still see the Seven Deadly Sins as behaviors which are to be…

We Are Not Supermen: The Virtues of Asking for Help

For those who enjoy superhero movies, 2016 is going to be a pretty big year. Fox is releasing Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse. Warner Bros is releasing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Marvel is releasing Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. Many of these movies involve heroes fighting each other, but…

Ridding Yourself of Hangovers Forever

One of the worst parts of getting drunk is inarguably the hangover. You think that you’re having some fun night out on the town, but then you wake up to a hangover that just won’t quit. You may have methods of trying to get rid of it, but these methods will usually fall flat. At…