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Author Archives: Ashley Neal

Dealing with Grief and Loss During Active Recovery

Losing someone important to you is always traumatic. When someone you care deeply about leaves you, through death or by choice, the pain is intense and can be all-consuming. Adding the pain of a significant loss can be overwhelming…especially if you’re in recovery. Experiencing “normal” grief in recovery may leave you feeling consumed by sadness, (Read More…)

The Role of Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga in All Stages of Recovery

Mindfulness, meditation and yoga are practices known to calm the mind and body and foster inner peace. While each is beneficial on its own, when practiced together, the effects can be particularly powerful, especially for those in recovery. Focused attention and slow, deep breathing are at the center of each practice. The depth and rate (Read More…)

Handling Seasonal Depression and Addiction

Seasonal depression, often called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a recurrent depressive disorder that manifests or intensifies during certain times of the year. Typically, people are afflicted with SAD in the fall and winter seasons, although it can happen at other times. The most common signs are lethargy and moodiness. Symptoms of SAD are similar (Read More…)

Meet the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness was founded by Johanna Kandel in 2000 to increase worldwide awareness about eating disorders. The nonprofit organization provides resources and programs “aimed at outreach, education, early intervention, and advocacy for all eating disorders” and is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. What are eating disorders? The National Institute of (Read More…)