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    Can Nature Help Young Adults Overcome Addiction?

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    Between medication, detox, and 12-step groups, there’s a variety of treatment options available to help young adults struggling with addiction. The question is: are they bandaids to cover up problem behaviors or do they provide long-term solutions to underlying core issues? Although researchers have found many evidence-based therapies to aid people in recovery from addiction,…

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    Applying Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to Addiction Treatment

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    By the time individuals enter young adulthood, their belief systems have been shaped by early experiences, although their brains are still maturing. Many young adults have adopted negative belief systems that undermine their self-esteem and self-efficacy and often do not realize how these underlying beliefs about their worth affect their daily lives. Cognitive therapy is…

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    The Six Quick Healing Effects of Meditation

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    You may often hear “meditation is good for you” but never really know in what ways. The healing effects of meditation are outstanding. According to Healthline, meditation is best defined as “a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts”. The healing power of meditation is a great reason why one…

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    Yoga and Mindfulness for Young Adults

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    Yoga and Mindfulness for Young Adults Practicing yoga and mindfulness is important for young adults to maintain a healthy state of mind. Three key benefits for practicing mindfulness include the following: Mindfulness improves well-being. Increasing mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life. Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in…

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    It’s Hard to Feel SAD in Sedona!

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    It’s Hard to Feel SAD in Sedona! Some of us, especially young people, find that they experience an intensification of depressive symptoms during the fall or winter.  This seasonal occurrence is stronger for those living in northern regions, such as New England, and less so for those living in balmier climes, such as Florida. Seasonal…

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    Getting Better by Giving Back

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    Getting Better by Giving Back “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Sir Winston Churchill Years later, we are discovering that Churchill was right, and giving to others creates more health and happiness than acquiring wealth or possessions. It is not only good for society…

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    Moving Through the Holidays With Minimal Stress and Maximum Mindfulness

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    The holidays are supposed to be a time when we enjoy family and friends, and when we think about the joys of both giving and receiving. However, for many of us, there is a big problem with that phrase, “supposed to be.” The media projections of happy people singing carols while snow drifts gently down…

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    WHAT MAKES RED MOUNTAIN SEDONA UNIQUE

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    When considering an after-care program for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to find the right fit. After-care is generally a long-term commitment, usually six to nine months, and you don’t want to end up somewhere that will make you miserable. If you do, it’s likely that you will find yourself going back to…

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    RED MOUNTAIN SEDONA

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    Not many of us trip and fall over the dining table. We trip on the little obstacles that we didn’t see. We worry and plan for the big things. We celebrate the big things. We have learned to ignore the little things. Our bad habits, addictions, whatever, depend on us not paying attention to the…

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    I LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WORDS

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    I like to understand words, to take them apart and get to the root of what was intended. Lately, I’ve been contemplating, and feeling, “REJECTION.” The word “REJECT” means, “To throw back or away.” To be rejected is to be thrown away. Wow, yes, that is certainly what it feel like. Doesn’t it? Rejection comes…

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