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A Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery

Gwen is first tentative as she approaches conversation. The young woman, now 22, was betrayed and hurt by those she treasured the most, and her trauma is palpable. One year after her best friend Abbe was brutally killed, Gwen has every reason to be cautious. But when she glances over at Susan Raphael, her former … Continue reading A Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery

How the Nature of Alcohol Nurtured my Young Addiction

Bemelman's Bar, a place I went for fun and comfort.  Susan B. Raphael Reminiscent of a playful kaleidoscope, the sparkling booze-filled bottles that lined the wall tempted my youthful will. There was something magical about that glass wall at Bemelman’s – a former Toronto hotspot – where I once lunched with my father after visiting … Continue reading How the Nature of Alcohol Nurtured my Young Addiction

When you’ve been drunk your whole life, who are you when you get sober?

Tapestry CBC Radio · Posted: Sep 01, 2019 3:44 PM ET | Last Updated: August 30 A woman lies on a bench after leaving a bar in Bristol City Centre in Bristol, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)   Eve Peyser doesn't think she was physically addicted to alcohol. When she quit, she didn't have the shakes … Continue reading When you’ve been drunk your whole life, who are you when you get sober?

WHEN WE’RE TRIGGERED: HOW TO STOP REACTING DEFENSIVELY.

By Laura DiFranco October 19, 2015, source, The Elephant Journal   EVERY SINGLE MOMENT YOU LIVE—AWAKE AND AWARE INSIDE YOUR LIFE—IS ANOTHER TINY (OR HUGE) OPPORTUNITY FOR HEALING, EVEN YOUR MOMENTS ON FACEBOOK. Laura Di Franco, I recently opened up a discussion about this topic in one of my favorite healing groups on Facebook. In a virtual … Continue reading WHEN WE’RE TRIGGERED: HOW TO STOP REACTING DEFENSIVELY.

Young People and Mental Wellness: Why It’s Important to Inspire Easily Influenced Minds

Despite the harmful consequences of substance use that can lead to mental and physical distress, vulnerable youth are still engaging in unsafe behaviors involving drugs and alcohol.

How To Say How You Really Feel Simply saying “good” doesn’t quite encapsulate how wonderful you’re actually doing.

By Katherine Schafler, NYC-based psychotherapist, writer and speaker. “I just feel so, blah.” “I’m really good.” “Ugh.” “It’s just whatever.” There’s a surprising amount of utility is in words like, ugh, blah, and whatever. Because they’re amorphous and vague, we liberally cast them out into our conversations as an all encompassing net which catches a multitude of emotions. Still, we … Continue reading How To Say How You Really Feel Simply saying “good” doesn’t quite encapsulate how wonderful you’re actually doing.