Art for Minds

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In the article below, it discusses the many ways that art is beneficial for our mental health. The article examines a study about how making art stimulates our brains documented by MRI machines. It talks about an organization called Inside Out that uses an art based holistic approach to helping people with mental health challenges. Lastly, it explores the benefits of adult coloring books as a relaxation technique.

As a member of the art and art therapy community, I believe that art can be a powerful way to help people across the spectrum of mental health no matter the level of skill.

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”- Kurt Vonnegut

Read the Article Here

Holly Majerus, Art Therapy Graduate Intern

Nine Tips for Vacation while in Recovery

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Taking care of yourself is an important part of recovery and one of the ways that you can practice self- care is by going on a vacation. In the article below, Kelly lists nine tips to stay sober while on vacation. His tips include keeping an open line of communication with the people you are traveling with, talking to them about your triggers, and letting them know how they can provide you with support. In another tip, Kelly discusses the importance of scheduling fun while traveling. In other words, schedule things to do that will hold your interest and help you avoid boredom. Self-care is an integral part of recovery. Taking a vacation is one of the many ways you can practice self-care. So, whether you are traveling across the country or traveling closer to home, I hope you find these tips helpful.

Read the full article here.

Sara Saunders SAC-IT

 

    

Mindfulness & Addiction

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Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction in his TED Talk. He explains the processes involved in habit formation and proposes a profound approach to removing the connection between thought and behavior through the use of mindfulness. Although Brewer utilizes smoking and eating as examples during his talk, the underlying mindfulness process is readily adaptable to all forms of addiction. Watch below!

Thomas N. Pfister, B.S.

Creating Boundaries

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For family members, setting boundaries with a loved one who struggles with an addiction may be difficult at times. Dr. Fran Simone Ph.D. discusses the difference between setting boundaries versus building walls with family members. Dr. Simone gives scenarios that demonstrate how difficult setting boundaries can be for family members and how difficult it is to remain consistent with those boundaries. She even shares examples from her own life during a time when she had trouble setting boundaries with her adult child who had been in and out of recovery. At the conclusion of this article, Dr. Simone encourages us to continue to be flexible and to remain open. If you find it difficult to set boundaries, then you’re not alone and hopefully the examples offered in this article will help. Here’s to new discoveries!

Read the article here. 

Sara Saunders, SAC-IT

Ten Keys to Recovery

This article, written by David Susman, discusses the ten keys to recovery and he identifies the ten keys as the following:

  1. finding hope
  2. asking for help
  3.  getting informed
  4. engaging in treatment
  5. seeking support
  6. developing a plan
  7.  taking action
  8. reconnecting with life
  9. sticking with recovery
  10.  helping others

Wherever you are in your journey of recovery, we here at West Grove Clinic, believe that there is hope in recovery and hope is exactly what we try to instill in our clients whether you are a participant in our Intensive Outpatient Program, our aftercare support group, or are seen individually we are here to help you along your journey to recovery.

Check out the full article here.

 

Sara Saunders, SAC-IT & Intern

 

Hari's Journey in Addiction

In the Ted Talk below, Johann Hari shares his personal journey, one that took him around the world, where he surveyed novel perspectives of factors that can influence the development of addiction, and provides examples of how addiction can be treated. Hari discusses the need for humans to bond and the way in which this can lead to the development of addiction. He also offers alternative means for treating addiction, through compassion, love, and understanding. 

Listen to Hari speak here.

Tom Pfister, Graduate Intern

Spring into Wellness

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Last weekend, West Grove Clinic, participated in Free Spirit School's "Spring into Wellness" event along with other local practitioners, health care specialists, and holistic health care individuals. Spring into Wellness offered participants an opportunity for self-exploration of the mind, body, and spirit. Many thanks to the Free Spirit School for hosting this enlightening experience, and allowing so many like-minded individuals to connect and grow together! 

 

Individual receiving sound therapy.

Individual receiving sound therapy.

Healing in Nature

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If you have ever been camping, sat around a bonfire, or even taken a moment to enjoy a park, then you have felt the power that nature may stir inside all of us. In this article, Sam Louie discusses his use of nature in healing therapy. Louie believes being in nature and having contact with wildlife without the distractions of cell phones or even speaking can be a great tool in the healing process. We are so used to having a multitude of accessories at our fingertips, but if we strip these distractions away, and instead sit in silence and solitude within nature, we may experience deep, meaningful and even spiritual moments within ourselves.

For a more in-depth look at Louie’s therapy techniques and how they utilize the power of nature, click the link below. Enjoy!

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Molly Schmidt, SAC-IT

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Relapse & Momentary Perspectives

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There are two thoughts often preceding a relapse - it's a special occasion or this is the last time. Both sentiments come from what Dr. Shahram Heshmat calls a "momentary perspective."  This perspective favors immediate gratification over the long term satisfaction that comes from a "big picture perspective." The major takeaway is realizing that while one relapse may not cause a great deal of harm there will absolutely be damage from the repeated pattern.

 

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Addiction from a Loved One’s Point of View

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There is nothing more painful than seeing someone you love, suffer from the disease of addiction.  It can be overwhelming.  Not only do you feel the need to help them, you forget to help yourself.  Understanding the disease of addiction, can help you to deal with the journey of recovery. Listed in the attached article, you will find information that will help you to understand the realities of addiction and how to cope.  There is hope.

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Jean H. Moral, SAC-IT