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How to Free Yourself of Addictions

“Why Purpose and Discipline Promote Psychological Well-Being” might not at first sound like the kind of clip that will help free you from addictions, but this Academy of Ideas offering does just that. And it only takes seven minutes to boot! The help yourself tutorial begins by railing against freedom. Well, railing against having too much of it anyway. Why? Because when we’re in a position to do absolutely anything, we’re much more likely to end up doing nothing. It’s…
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John Hood
John Hood, on May 23, 2020

Castle in the Ground is a Risky Watch

There’s a really good reason to watch the movie Castle in the Ground. It also happens to be the same reason for you not to watch it. If you are going to risk a viewing though, you best be prepared. Grim Pickings Rebecca (Neve Campbell) is a bed-ridden bundle of need. She also happens to be intrinsically manipulative and more than a little creepy, especially for a mom. But blood is blood. And each and every morning son Henry (Alex…
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John Hood
John Hood, on May 16, 2020

Jordan Peterson Talks Alcohol with Theo Von

Whatever your opinions on Jordan Peterson‘s politics, there’s no denying the fact that the bestselling Canadian author knows a thing or two about a thing or two. In fact, his deep dives into The Bible, which encompass the entire history of learning, are some of the most edifying talks on the Interwebs. Here the crackerjack thinker takes on alcohol. And you can only guess who wins. That’s right, we win. Each and every one of us. Because when Peterson tackles…
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John Hood
John Hood, on May 8, 2020

Eminem Marks 12 Years of Sobriety!

Eminem has now added another milestone to his already milestone-laden life — 12 years of sobriety! That’s right. The man born Marshall Mathers has now been sober for a dozen — count ’em! — years. And we couldn’t be happier for the rapper. The Road to Recovery It wasn’t easy. Not even close. Eminem spent years battling an addiction to prescription drugs — primarily Vicodin, Ambien and Valium. And, as you might suspect, there were a whole lotta prescription pills….
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John Hood
John Hood, on May 4, 2020

Just Be Mindful, With What You’ve Got

By definition, mindful means “conscious or aware of something.” It also means “focusing that awareness on the present moment.” Now, there’s not a person in all the world who isn’t aware of the current crisis. And there’s probably not a person who wants to focus on it either. But the more aware we are of what’s goin’ down — in the world and in ourselves — the more likely we’ll be able to survive this crisis. Hell, if we’re smart…
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John Hood
John Hood, on April 24, 2020

Call Your Sponsor!

Everybody in the program knows somebody like Scotty B. Well, everybody who’s the least bit lucky does anyway. The really lucky know him as their sponsor. But sponsor or not, Scotty B’s the kinda guy you really wanna know in sobriety. Why? Because he’s been there, done that and ain’t never going back. He’s also ready, willing and eager to show you the way forward. And after 35 years in the program, Scotty B’s sure got a lot to show…
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John Hood
John Hood, on April 18, 2020

All We Wanna Do is Zooma Zoom Zoom Zoom!

Last week we here at Healing Properties brought your attention to the increasingly robust new network of online recovery meetings. As we discovered, many of those meetings utilize the free Zoom app, which has become an ultra hot commodity since the whole wide world went on lockdown. What we hadn’t yet realized though was that the cloud gathering app is not just disrupting the online meeting landscape, but it’s also causing massive disruptions in the actual meetings themselves. It’s called…
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John Hood
John Hood, on April 12, 2020

Wanna Make an AA Meeting? Well, Pick Up Your Phone!

No community is immune to the coronavirus virus, let alone to the impact this deadly disease is having on every element of society. That, of course, includes the recovery community, which has seen an end to nearly all of its extremely vital in-person support programs, including AA meetings. And while “safer-at-home” truly does mean we’re all safer when we stay at home (so do it!), the isolation brought about by such a directive does pose a clear and present danger…
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John Hood
John Hood, on April 9, 2020

FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF RECOVERY RESIDENCES

Healing Properties is proud to announce that we are Accredited with the Florida Association of Recovery Residences.

Michael Wright
Michael Wright, on March 7, 2020

Sober Influencers Take Over Instagram

Sober influencers say sobriety is cool. But where does that leave people who are struggling with addiction? The Making of a Sober Influencer Sobriety is having a moment, writes Vox’s Molly McHugh. So it only makes sense that we’d see a rise in sober influencers. That rise is especially evident on Instagram, de facto originator of the influencer. Take Austin Cooper. After rehab Cooper soon decided he wanted to share about his own sobriety. So he took to Instagram and…
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Michael Wright
Michael Wright, on June 20, 2019

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