Why Breathe? – By Kyczy Hawk

Why Breathe? Silly question. You know- that dying thing. But what I mean here is – why breathe with consciousness, with intention, with volume? Why breathe deeply, deliciously, divinely? Breathing in a healthy deep manner can help heal your body, mind and spirit. It does this in several ways; cleansing, calming, recalibrating and revitalizing. Here are some principle benefits from learning and practicing a slow deep breath. The breath is one of the five ways that the body rids itself of toxins. It is beneficial to exhale deeply slowly and completely (not to the point of dizziness or exhaustion) but enough. This will allow the toxins to be removed from the nooks and crannies of the deepest recess of your lungs. A slow deep breathing rhythm can improve your cardiovascular system, lowering the blood pressure and increasing heart function. It can improve your respiratory system; keeping the ribs flexible will… Continue reading

Enjoying a Beauty Boost during Addiction Recovery

If you are in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse, then one area that could fast become a priority, is rebuilding healthy, glowing skin. Alcohol and drugs can dehydrate skin and interfere with the natural process of collagen formation. They can cause skin to become dull, lose its firmness, and develop wrinkles and lines. Your scalp and hair can be affected to; if you haven’t been following a healthy diet, you may find your hair is dry and brittle, or that it is thinning. There are many ways to turn back the hands of time and give yourself a pampering treat. What sounds more up your street? A relaxing facial at your favorite spa or a new cute and style at the salon?  Starting with the Right Skincare Visit a dermatologist if you have a skin condition such as rosacea, or even excessive dryness. They may recommend specific treatments and they will point… Continue reading

Addiction Recovery Boosted by Quality Sleep – By Jackie

Addiction Recovery Boosted by Quality Sleep Adequate sleep is of great importance to our overall health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, nearly a third of Americans are affected by sleep-related problems according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there are numerous lifestyle changes such as those involving diet and exercise that need to be made in order to facilitate recovery effectively, one of the most important is often overlooked: sleep. By simply getting more quality sleep, you can give your recovery a tremendous boost, helping you kick your addiction to the curb for good. The connection between sleep and substance abuse Sleep and substance abuse often have a very complicated relationship. Individuals living with addiction have a five times higher chance to also experience ensuing sleeping disorders according to research conducted at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Many addicts turn to sleep aids to help… Continue reading

Benefits of Learning Traditional Crafts as a Recovery Aid – By Jackie

When you can’t find the words to express how you’re feeling, expressing yourself through a craft has been shown to be highly effective. Over 66% of patients in one study even reported that using art as therapy was associated with significant positive changes in mental health symptoms. While addiction treatment takes shape in many different forms, there are certain techniques that can be used to compound the beneficial effects of any type of treatment, and one of these is participating in arts and crafts. Learning a traditional craft or simply engaging in an artistic activity that allows a person to express themselves is a great way for people in recovery to explore their emotions in a healthy way while also learning something new. What Exactly is Art Therapy?   Differing from traditional therapy such as individual, group, or relapse prevention, art therapy is a bit of a mix of skills-focused therapy that relies on using nonverbal… Continue reading

Seeds of Your Spirit – By Kyczy Hawk

  I was never totally scum. Not before I started drinking and during my pre-recovery years. I was also not struck wonderful when I found recovery. However, when I share my story you might think that I was perfectly bad in my “before days” and steadily better on the road of “progress” with occasional bouts of perfection now. That is not the case. Not completely bad then, not thoroughly good now. The seeds of my true self were always there before I used, while I use and now, after I have stopped using. The little sprouts of my spiritual being popped up from  time to time in my youth and even in my using “career”. I was not totally one way or another, then or now. Reading the Big Book might give one the impression that we alcoholics are seething pots of self centeredness, self will; filled with self pity. … Continue reading