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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

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 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

The Many Causes Of Depression

There isn’t a single soul who is immune to depression. It comes when you least expect it, staying for much longer than welcomed. Coming along with depression frequently is anxiety. Sabrina Benaim, a poet, explained this eloquently, in a spoken word poem titled Explaining My Depression To My Mother: A Conversation: “Anxiety is the cousinRead More

The Hierarchy Of Recovery

Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is not unknown to most people. Many of us have learned about Maslow’s pyramid in school. If you haven’t, here’s a quick overview: Maslow believed that before an individual can get any need met, they must first have their physiological needs met. These physiological needs include food, water, shelter, andRead More

How Can I Recover? Non-Clinical Pathways

Trying to recover from a substance use disorder can feel like you are climbing on a stair machine at the gym — it never ends. Or, you may feel like you are stuck in quicksand — you’re fighting and fighting but not getting anywhere. Whatever you are feeling, Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help.Read More

How Can I Recover? Clinical Pathways

Trying to recover from a substance use disorder can feel like you are climbing on a stair machine at the gym — it never ends. Or, you may feel like you are stuck in quicksand — you’re fighting and fighting but not getting anywhere. Whatever you are feeling, Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help.Read More

Recovery During Pregnancy

It is pretty common knowledge that substance use during a woman’s pregnancy can be dangerous for the developing fetus and for the mother. This, however, does not make stopping the use of drugs and/or alcohol any easier. For some women, guilt may be involved. It is already extremely difficult for someone to choose recovery fromRead More

Stages of Recovery

According to the Recovery Research Institute, there are five stages of recovery and change. There are different strategies, treatment, and recovery support services at each stage. Below are the five stages of recovery and change, according to the Recovery Research Institute.  Pre-contemplative  “In this stage, individuals are not even thinking about changing their behavior. TheyRead More