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From Comfort to Growth

We often stay in our comfort zone because, well, it’s comfortable — but is comfort good for us? While yes, we feel safe and in control in our comfort zones, we don’t grow there. We don’t push ourselves to learn more and be better and truly grow. Comfort and growth are mutually exclusive. We tradeRead More

Dealing with Self-Harm Urges

Some individuals who are dealing with extreme feelings cope by self-harming. Self-harm can bring momentary relief for some individuals, but once the relief has subsided, they are left wanting more. Self-harm urges can be a lot to deal with, especially when someone is in a vulnerable state. Self-harm urges indicate that there are deeper emotionalRead More

Building Healthy Relationships

Codependent relationships are unhealthy relationships that are usually one-sided and emotionally damaging. Relationships that are codependent often include an individual with a substance use disorder. Codependency breeds destruction and dysfunction.  Codependent relationships Individuals in codependent relationships often struggle to be their own person. Codependency emerges when there are differences in the relationship. Disagreements often turnRead More


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that many people are familiar with. PTSD occurs after a traumatic event. When triggered, individuals with PTSD suddenly find themselves in “fight or flight” mode. “Fight or flight” is a response that occurs when an individual believes there is a threat. Their brain and body immediately goRead More

Practicing Active Listening

Active listening may seem redundant because listening requires your active attention. However, many people who are engaging in a conversation are not practicing the technique of active listening. Active listening requires concentration on what the other person is saying, not just merely hearing what’s being said. Active listening requires your full attention. If you aren’tRead More

LGBT+ Recovery

Stigma is attached to mental health issues, but for LGBT+ individuals, there is a double stigma. Those who are LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Other) face discrimination so much more often than their straight, cisgender peers. They are also more likely to struggle with mental health issues, according to the National Alliance on MentalRead More

Cognitive Distortions You Need to Dispel to Recover

Cognitive distortions try to make us believe things that aren’t true. They are ways our brain tricks us into accepting our negative and irrational thoughts. Cognitive distortions are especially tough to deal with for people with a mental illness. Negative self-talk can turn into a never-ending cycle. Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to help you becomeRead More

How Can I Cope with Stress?

Whether it be the person using or their surrounding family members, everyone struggles with stress. There’s no way to escape it. There are, however, ways to cope with the stressors in your life. Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to be the support for you, whether you are the person using or a loved one wanting toRead More

Depression Versus Manic Depression

If you are just coming to terms with your diagnosis (or if you are undiagnosed), it can be difficult to recognize your symptoms. You may be unsure of how your diagnosis really fits you. If you are struggling with depression or manic depression, you may have trouble differentiating between depression and the beginning of mania.Read More

How Can I Avoid Self-Sabotaging?

When someone is in a negative state of mind, they often are sabotaging their lives in ways they didn’t even realize. We have the option to choose things that will help or hurt us. There are things we do every day that hurt our chances at recovery — we may not even realize it. VillaRead More