Category: Beyond Recovery

Trauma In A Foreign Country

Trauma in a Foreign Country – A Life without Meaning until… By Eva Angvert Harren What happens when you leave your roots, your “home,” where you “belong?” How do you connect and establish your Self? How do you find your tribe? How do you belong…again?   Or, did you ever belong…because you’re the one who…
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August 9, 2018 0

February’s Balance and Behaviors

As we moved from January, focusing on the body, into February, focusing on behaviors, we can see how they might be connected. How we feel will affect how we behave. How balanced we are in our body will affect how we feel about our self. How we feel about our self affects our judgments of…
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February 22, 2018 0

January’s Balance & Body

So, it’s that time of year again. I put on a couple of pounds over the Holidays, followed by a little anxiety grumbling in the background, “I can’t believe I did it again!” This Holiday I was going to be ‘good’. It happened so quickly! I just had one (ONE!) cookie, one chip, one piece…
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January 26, 2018 2

When I Slept in the Back of a Car

I was 29 and clueless! The sad part of the story is that I didn’t know how to get help. I didn’t know I should get help. I didn’t know there was help…for people like me. I didn’t know my life could be different. The thoughts that were swirling in my head were about survival,…
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March 11, 2017 0

Why Do I Not Enjoy the Holidays?

What is it that makes it so hard to enjoy the holiday spirit? People are smiling and getting ready for family and friends. And I just want to crawl into bed and wake up when it’s all over. Or do I? At this time of year many of us struggle with feelings of loneliness, depression,…
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November 30, 2016 0

My Brain and I

By Eva Angvert Harren I wake up! And my brain woke up before me . . . again! Every morning it seems as though “it” beats me to the time of awakening. And every morning it has some startling message to bring: your husband’s going to die, your daughters don’t love you, nobody loves you,…
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November 15, 2016 0
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Stop. Drop. Check.

Social Blindness is not a Life Sentence. Social Ease is possible! After years of dealing with anxiety and panic attacks I have found a place of peace and comfort. What I can say about that journey is that it was unnecessarily long. Had I known then what I know now about body-awareness, trauma, and healing,…
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October 13, 2016 0

HUNGER FOR WHOLENESS: Instead of Judgement, We Can Find a Reason for Compassion

The verdict is still out on what causes addictions and substance abuse, and how we can best provide support and treatments that offer true healing. We can suspect our genes to have some impact on our future. However, the environment is also responsible for providing conditions beyond any human beings ability to cope. I argue…
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April 7, 2015 0

HUNGER FOR WHOLENESS II: PTSD As a Source of Addiction, BEAMLiFE as a Source of Solution

Joseph Volipicelli (2000, p. 256) and his research team, came to the conclusion in their study “The Role of Uncontrollable Trauma in the Development of PTSD and Alcohol Addiction,” that PTSD can develop in people who have experienced one or more life-threatening situations where they were unable to protect themselves, or control the outcome of…
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April 7, 2015 0
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HUNGER FOR WHOLENESS III: The Beginning of Life Sets the Stage

On the other hand, we can back off the parents some, and consider Mate’s information about infants with caregivers who just are emotionally imbalanced and unable to handle their own external environment. These caregivers may just be agitated and nervous, but still create an atmosphere too frightening for the baby to handle, still another form…
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April 7, 2015 0