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Meditation in Motion for a Busy Modern World

Mindful on the Go: Meditation Techniques for Today’s Modern Lifestyles It’s no secret that the pace of modern life is speeding up. Recent anthropological studies have concluded that, in many pre-agrarian societies, people worked as little as four hours per day, and slept 4-6 hours twice per day. They ate frequent meals, and regularly gathered[…]

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Mindfulness and Addiction Recovery: What Is Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness? West Coast RC offers a mixture of traditional and holistic therapies for the treatment of substance abuse disorders. One of the common points between every form of treatment, however, is a strong basis in certain ancient Eastern philosophies. Specifically, West Coast Recovery focuses on those which center on mindfulness, meditation and intentional living,[…]

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Individual Therapy in Mindfulness-based Addiction Recovery

A Place for Everyone: Individual Therapy in Holistic Addiction Recovery Traditional environments for addiction treatment, such as 12-step programs and intensive inpatient therapy, are historically notorious for having high relapse rates. Within such settings, individual therapy has had a measurable effect in approximately two out of every three cases. As a result, more recently developed[…]

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Group Therapy in Addiction Recovery

The Role of Group Therapy in Addiction Recovery Addiction recovery is a long-term process, which rarely works in the same way for any two individuals. Everyone’s needs differ, to some degree: their motivation, the ways in which they find support, the reasons why they turned to substance abuse in the first place, and the presence[…]

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Top 5 Benefits of Transitional Living in Addiction Recovery

The Top 5 Benefits of Transitional Living: Addiction Recovery Over the course of the last few years, addiction recovery centers have implemented significant changes in the treatment of people recovering from a substance abuse disorder. Many of these changes are tied to concepts such as mindfulness and intentional living, which have ushered in a dramatic[…]

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Develops Life Skills for Lasting Success

Within the practices of cognitive behavioral therapy, several organized series of therapeutic approaches exist. These methods of approaching behavioral challenges, such as body image disorders and addiction, are rooted in the concept that dysfunctional behaviors are the result of internal triggers. These triggers may be deep-rooted thoughts, limiting beliefs, feelings, or other psychological patterns or[…]

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The Problem of False Belief Systems

What is a Belief System? Beginning in the mid-20th century, the previously philosophical concept of beliefs began receiving heightened amounts of scientific scrutiny. The idea of beliefs being deeply influential with regard to a person’s view of reality soon took root within the practice of psychology, particularly with the advent of cognitive behavioral therapy (or[…]

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Finding Wholeness

Refuge Recovery presents a self-enabling path for overcoming the challenges inherent to addiction recovery. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present. —Bil Keane, creator of Family Circus The dictionary defines “mindfulness” as a uniquely human state of awareness, one that is[…]

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Women’s Treatment in North County

West Coast seeks to remedy the limited availability of gender-responsive care for women with substance use disorder in need of behavioral healthcare in San Diego County. West Coast is the number one provider of gender-responsive care in North and Central San Diego County, providing access to individualized and intensive outpatient treatment services, in addition to offering access[…]

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Radical Acceptance

Experiencing negative and painful emotions is unfortunately a part of our life. Many of us are never taught how to accept or cope with these emotions, so when we do experience them, we feel out of control and ill-equipped to face them. When we experience an intense emotion, such as rage, frustration, or sadness, we[…]