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Yearly Archives: 2015

Redefining Fun

When I work with younger people in their journey of recovery, one of the first roadblocks I encounter is combating their very destructive ideas about what fun and excitement looks like. I once had a mentor of mine describe insanity as changing our goals to meet our behaviors! To most individuals, running from police, getting … Read More

Nourishing the Body, Nourishes the Soul

The Refuge – A Healing Place is a residential treatment program, in Ocklawaha, FL, that specializes in substance abuse, Trauma, PTSD and co-occurring disorders. The program is 12-step based with a strong  emphasis on holistic and experiential modalities that include Equine, Somatic Experiencing®, Art Therapy, Massage, Meditation, Acupuncture and an array of other body based … Read More

Healing Through Experiential Therapy

When an individual experiences a traumatic event it can impact the emotional, physical and spiritual state of that person. As a survival mechanism, the body and mind tend to disconnect to allow the person to cope with the unwanted experience. While traditional talk therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, can be helpful, experiential therapies allow … Read More

Miracles Happen Here

By: Denise Cannon Director of Nursing, The Refuge – A Healing Place I had made up my mind. I was set out to write a blog on Transformation in Recovery. As I started to review this process I realized as I look all around me how hard everyone works and contributes to make this happen. … Read More

Finding A New Tribe

“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves I have years of education, months of additional and specialized training and my own personal experiences in recovery from addiction and childhood trauma, but to some clients, I’m just … Read More

To The End Of A Smoke

By: Lisa Hicks, RN The Refuge – A Healing Place I am not writing this to tell you all the horrible details of smoking because you already have that information. We hear it on the television, the radio and the concerned relative. I am pretty sure it is common knowledge that smoking is harmful to … Read More