Perspective: To Raise Our Children, We Must First Raise Ourselves

Father and daughter

I was at a crossroads. Faced with two bewildered little children and a failing business, I toyed with swapping my two nightly beers for a six-pack to knock the edge off the day. I couldn’t do it. I knew if I repeated the alcoholism modeled by my father, my children would end up as scarred as I had been. I needed help.

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Take Your Recovery to a Deeper Level

Many people who quit drinking or using think all they need to do is participate in a treatment program and show up at a supportive recovery meeting now and again. They assume that all will be well … that everything has been “fixed.” This is rarely ever the case. Recovery is not just about abstinence, it is about doing the work it takes to be able to live a life that is “happy, joyous, and free.”

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The Music Solution

There is huge power in the spoken words of a song. Pay attention to the lyrics of what you are listening to and what you are singing because you are claiming that which you sing of for yourself. Sound strange? Consider the lyrics of a song as a musical affirmation. You will bring into your life that which you speak/sing of often, with feeling and intent.

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The Healing Powers of Journaling

When we approach journaling with an open mind and heart, and we commit to being completely candid with ourselves, we open up to limitless opportunity for growth and healing. Through total honesty, we begin to peel away the layers of our psyche. The masks we wear begin to fall away, revealing our true nature – who we are when we aren’t “the parent, the employee, the friend” and are just ourselves.

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