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Living in the Moment

October 26, 2015 by Dean Dauphinais

Is it difficult to transform from someone who constantly worries into someone who takes things a day at a time? Absolutely. But it’s so incredibly worth it. According to Psychology Today, “Mindful people are happier, more exuberant, more empathetic, and more secure. They have higher self-esteem and are more accepting of their own weaknesses. Anchoring awareness in the here and now reduces the kinds of impulsivity and reactivity that underlie depression, binge eating, and attention problems.

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Cooking: A Key Ingredient in My Recipe for Recovery

July 8, 2015 by Dean Dauphinais

Like writing, cooking is incredibly therapeutic to me. When I’m cooking, my mind is focused on the task at hand; not on the little—and not so little—life problems that bring stress to my world. I feel at peace in the kitchen. It’s my happy place and my sanctuary. There’s no doubt that cooking has been a key ingredient in my recipe for recovery from my son’s addiction.

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Siblings and the Ripple Effect of Addiction

May 13, 2015 by Dean Dauphinais

As a parent, you tend to replay things you did in the past and wonder if you could have—or should have—done them differently. Inevitably you’ll find yourself second-guessing yourself. But you can’t let the crystal clear vision of hindsight bring you down. You did what you thought was best at the time, and if you come to the conclusion that you didn’t do certain things exactly right? You have to let it go. You’re a human being, and human beings make mistakes.

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Young Heroes in Recovery

March 13, 2015 by Dean Dauphinais

From my experience, it’s becoming commonplace to find young people in their twenties—or even late teens—who have been in recovery for two, three, or even more years. Still others have simply chosen to live a sober lifestyle. All of these brave young adults have taken a stand and are not afraid of how others may judge them. And they deserve support.

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