Willow Place July 8, 2019 No Comments

Walking Towards Recovery: Get the Most Out of Your Daily Walk

If you’ve been in recovery for a while, you know that exercise does wonders for those in recovery. The benefits of exercise for those in recovery are plentiful. They include helping with mood management, creating endorphins, and allowing you to remain in the present moment (mindfulness). Certainly, there are many different forms of exercise you […]

Willow Place May 30, 2018 No Comments

Identifying and Understanding the Causes of Trauma

Trauma is something that plagues many people today. Some individuals who deal with the effects of it may not even be aware of the reason behind them. It’s important to know about trauma before we try to treat the effects. In other words, a person who is living with the aftermath of a traumatic experience […]

Willow Place November 15, 2017 No Comments

What You Can and Can’t Do when a Loved One has a Drug Relapse

A drug relapse in a loved one can feel like a stab in the heart. When it is a spouse, it feels as if that person cheated on you and part of your relationship died. There is a feeling of hopelessness and major anxiety no matter who the addict is. It takes time, but the […]

Willow Place August 18, 2017 No Comments

The Benefits of Yoga for Women in Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery is one of the most delicate transitions for a woman’s mind and body. Building the foundation of an addiction-free life after rehab requires both to be healthy. There are numerous methods and programs ranging from traditional to alternative or complementary to treat addiction, and it seems as though more and more are shifting […]

Dixie November 19, 2015 No Comments

The Journey Into Myself

Set-up: We are going on a journey together, all the women in this room. I can’t say where or how we’ll get there, just that we are going. You get to choose all the things you would like to bring along. We’ve plenty of room. There are five categories of things to bring. I’ll walk […]

Dixie November 12, 2015 No Comments

Venturing to Feel

Dr. Peter Levine’s widely respected and innovative approach to the prevention and healing of trauma, Somatic Experiencing® (SE), is a psychobiological method for addressing physical and emotional trauma, PTSD, overwhelm, and stress-related conditions. Dr. Levine received a PhD in medical and biological physics as well as an independent doctoral degree in psychology.  The SE Approach […]

Dixie November 4, 2015 No Comments

Event: Life

Writing Group Directive: Write for 7 minutes, filling in the form with all the things your Higher Power gives you permission to feel, be, do, etc. Our intention was to explore the possibilities for new life. After sharing this piece with the group, the writer reported that “for the first time” she felt genuinely grateful […]

Dixie November 3, 2015 No Comments

Why Write?

Remember when you were five and the best part of school was art time? You had no idea that your smears of red, green, and yellow weren’t art every bit as much as Monet’s water lilies, right?

Dixie January 7, 2015 No Comments

Gratitude and Goals

Many years ago, a very wise woman offered me an opportunity to participate in an exercise for the year’s end and new year’s beginning.  I wrote a gratitude list for the year past, focusing on every facet of my life.  I was grateful for the challenges that taught me lessons of strength, patience and understanding.  […]

Dixie November 16, 2014 No Comments

A Season of Giving

As the holidays approach us, I reflect upon what this season is really all about.  What comes to mind immediately is GRATITUDE and GIVING.  I can’t help but think of all the blessings I have received over this past year and all that I have to be grateful for in my everyday life.  As we […]