Evolving You: Addiction Recovery

Tap into your inner wisdom

One of the things I like the most about being a counsellor is seeing clients find clarity and make choices based on what they already know. While I never know what the client’s answer might be, I am always confident that the client can find it. I believe that clients are the experts on themselves…my […]

Get Back Here!

A common underlying theme for clients who are experiencing almost any sort of difficulty, is a lack of present moment awareness. Whenever any of us is worrying about the future or ruminating over the past, we are no longer here and now. We have shifted away from the only time when we are actually living, and […]

Life is Perfect

Life is perfect. Everything is exactly as it should be. You just don’t know why… yet. Last month, I mused on the perils of perfection and urged readers to focus instead on progress. This month I have a few things to say about how life is perfect, exactly the way it is. Especially in early […]

Be Kind to Yourself

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle Plato A common characteristic of people in early sobriety, or still in the grips of an addiction or self-defeating behaviour, is how hard they are on themselves. This tendency emanates from feelings of remorse, guilt, hopelessness and in some cases shame. I have heard clients […]

Focus on Progress not Perfection

One of the biggest challenges in early recovery is the overwhelming desire to “get” recovery right this minute. People who have been dependent on substances or behaviours have used them to avoid painful feelings and to manage challenging life situations. The immediate gratification inherent in active addiction sets up a desire for instant results in […]

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