The Importance of Self-Compassion in Recovery

2018-12-17T01:23:50-05:00December 17th, 2018|

The Importance of Self-Compassion in Recovery By: JC Shakespeare, LPC One of the most challenging emotions that goes hand-in-hand with substance abuse or alcoholism is shame; conventional wisdom still associates a drug or alcohol problem with some sort of moral failing or character flaw. As comedian Mitch Hedberg used to say, "Alcoholism is a disease,

Twelve Tips for Staying Sober Over the Holidays

2018-11-20T13:12:48-05:00November 20th, 2018|

Twelve Tips for Staying Sober Over the Holidays By: Garrett Higley   For those of us that struggle with substance abuse, the holiday season can be a veritable minefield, filled with triggers and temptations. But, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it can be the most wonderful time of the year - even if

Breaking the Mold and Individualizing Programming for Client Care

2018-11-13T20:33:23-05:00November 9th, 2018|

Breaking the Mold and Individualizing Programming for Client Care SAGE Recovery Villa and Services will be periodically featuring blogs from other industry professionals about different clinical approaches and techniques. Kyle Infante, Director of Strategic Communications at Infinite Recovery and Forbes Contributor, shares his insights in this month’s feature. The behavioral healthcare and mental health space

How Boundaries Actually Enhance Intimacy in Relationships

2018-11-02T13:14:08-05:00November 2nd, 2018|

How Boundaries Actually Enhance Intimacy in Relationships By: Alyssa Cohen Often when we talk about setting boundaries in relationships, we refer to creating metaphorical walls or lines that are not to be crossed or tampered with in order to protect ourselves. This idea may appear to create distance in a relationship, perhaps in one that

How to Cope

2018-10-13T21:16:31-05:00October 10th, 2018|

How to Cope As a therapist, I consider coping skills to be one of the most valuable tools in my toolbox. For the sake of making a Texas reference, let’s think about change and adaptation as a sort of “Texas two-step”: the first step is the desire to change or the acknowledgment that change is

Breaking Through Barriers to Recovery Treatment

2018-07-20T14:57:40-05:00July 20th, 2018|

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the most common reasons people who needed treatment did not seek help from 2011 to 2014 were: COST:  39 percent could not afford it or did not have health insurance. FEAR:  18 percent feared a negative opinion from neighbors or the community. CAREER:  17

The Importance of Hope in Addiction Recovery

2018-10-13T21:23:06-05:00May 3rd, 2018|

All change starts with a thought. In recovery from addiction, the thought of hope is often the force that motivates people enough to start making concrete changes. Hope reminds us that the uncomfortable and unbearable are temporary. Hope reminds us that the we can try again tomorrow. Hope is the basis upon which all major

Introvert vs. Extrovert: A Common Misconception of Personality Types

2018-10-13T21:22:23-05:00April 13th, 2018|

Like most categories, our society dichotomizes certain concepts so we are better able to understand and “place” people/things into general ideas that “fit” with our concepts. The idea of introverted individuals versus extroverted individuals is one example. Often society categorizes an introverted person as someone who prefers to keep to themselves, is very quiet, and

12 Questions for Self Discovery

2018-03-22T08:33:34-05:00March 1st, 2018|

Here at Sage, we believe in the whole process of healing and finding inner peace.  A crucial part of that process is rediscovering who you are. Journaling, or keeping a regular record of experiences and feelings, especially as they relate to your recovery, can be a helpful tool to advance your healing process. We've compiled a