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Mental Illness Doesn’t Have to Become a Jail Sentence

In a story titled “When Mental Illness Becomes a Jail Sentence” for The Atlantic, author Paul Tullis describes scenarios where people with mental illnesses end up in jail. Instead of incarceration, these people should be receiving treatment for their mental health conditions. “Arrestees who are mentally incompetent to stand trial are supposed to be sentRead More

Going Beyond AA

“The Alcoholics Anonymous model has worked for drinkers and drug addicts for decades. But there are other options too,” says Lisa Lombardi, author of “Beyond the 12 Steps” for TIME Magazine’s Special Edition: The Science of Addiction. In her article, Lombardi focuses on methods aside from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other similar 12-Step programs.Read More

When Pleasures Turn to Diseases

Everyone wants to feel pleasure, but some of us don’t know when to stop. This is the main idea of an article in TIME Magazine’s Special Edition: The Science of Addiction. In the article, “The Disease of the Pleasures,” Jeffrey Kluger explains that most of our brain function is simple. Our brains regulate our breath,Read More

Rest Is Essential

Rest is an essential thing. No one can keep pushing through exhaustion and expect to get the results they got when they felt great. You need to know when your body is demanding rest. Don’t ignore this sign. At the end of a day, you must give yourself the rest you deserve and need. RestRead More

“I” Statements

Communication is something we all struggle with from time to time. It’s so important, though, because you cannot have your needs met if you cannot effectively communicate them. “I” statements help with communication skills to get you what you need. “I” statements focus on how you feel and what you think, rather than on theRead More

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements is a book written by Don Miguel Ruiz. It started out as a philosophy, a way of life. Ruiz then turned it into a book in 1997. “Everything we do is based on agreements we have made — agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most importantRead More

Be The Best You

Plateauing during your recovery can be a difficult time. You don’t feel yourself getting worse, but you might not feel like you’re moving forward. You may feel unmotivated to push through and make changes. How can you keep pushing and stay on the road to recovery? Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help.  Set aRead More

Habits Are Powerful

Everyone has habits, good and bad. Some of our behavior becomes automatic, like eating lunch, brushing your teeth, or calling a loved one on the way home. These routine behaviors can be seen as positive habits. There are, however, negative habits. Addictions usually fall under the negative habits umbrella. Having a glass of wine eachRead More

How To Eat Mindfully

How are your eating habits? Mindful eating is not something that most people think of while they are thinking about food, preparing food, and eating food. Alison Morgan of Psychology Now says that the opposite of mindful eating is “eating on autopilot.” If you aren’t thinking mindfully about what you’re eating, you’re probably eating on autopilot. EatingRead More

Start By Saying No

Many of us have problems learning to say no. We are people-pleasers, often saying yes to things we don’t really want to say yes to which can be harmful to us. This is why Sara Niven of Psychology Now advises you to stop saying yes to everyone all of the time. “Agreeing to everything may keep othersRead More