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Hair-Trigger Reactions Offer Opportunities to Rebuild Trust

When progressing in recovery from any addiction, every person faces challenges. One of those challenges is a reaction from someone closest to them. No one starts recovery with a “clean slate;” everyone in recovery has a history that includes denial, secrets, excuses,...

Caregivers Need Self-Care to Manage Stress

If you or someone you know is caring for a loved one with dementia or other chronic health conditions, then you know it can be a highly stressful undertaking — so much so that it can lead to Caregiver Syndrome, a condition of exhaustion, anger, rage, or guilt...

Healthy Courtship Involves 12 Dimensions

Each year on Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the time-honored tradition of courtship. Yet, we really have no systematic and reliable way in our culture to learn about it. There are no courses and little, if any, instruction on how to create and sustain a fulfilling,...

Disclosure Process Strengthens Relationships

As part of Sex Addiction treatment, the disclosure process can be a painful and excruciating experience for both the partner and the sex addict. In the long run, however, a well-done disclosure can strengthen and improve a relationship. A Certified Sex Addiction...

Holidays: Stop Hiding Behind the Pictures

Every person alive has either a physical, electronic or mental collection of photos from past holidays. Some of them give the illusion that we are all happy and normal. Perhaps that assessment is 100% true; but, all too often, we disregard the realities of life and...

Learn Healthy Ways to Overcome Heartache

“When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.” Loss is an inevitable part of life. We all experience it at one time or another – some more than others. Yet we live in a grief-denying society that doesn’t teach us how to grieve but instead...

Workshop Series Will Explore Shame-Resilience

If you’ve ever thought that you’re not enough – not smart enough, attractive enough, fast enough, experienced enough – then you’ve known shame. And if you’ve ever thought to yourself: “Who the heck do I think I am?,” then you’ve also experienced shame. According to...

Yale Kushner Joins New Leaf Center

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern Yale Kushner, M.A., has joined New Leaf Center full-time to provide individual, group and couples counseling. Yale has been working part-time at the practice as a group therapist since May 2016. Since completing his Master’s...

Take Your Recovery on Vacation

For those in recovery, summer vacations can disrupt the routine necessary to support sobriety. Lack of structure is a main cause of relapse in any addiction, so it’s important to take your program with you when you travel. As they say in Alcoholics Anonymous, “If you...

Workshop Series Helps Heal Inner Child Issues

As a child moves through the developmental stages of his or her life, the hope is for a healthy progression through these stages, leading him or her towards functional adulthood. The individual then would be able to develop healthy coping mechanisms and participate in...