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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

C-PTSD

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

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

Finding A Therapist

Deciding you want to go to therapy is an important step in an individual’s recovery. It can be hard to find someone you connect with and trust. Sometimes you must go through a trial and error process. If you’re just starting out your shopping around for a therapist, you may be unsure how to navigateRead More

Recognizing A Panic Attack

Panic attacks are a scary thing. No panic attack is the same as the last one, which makes it even more difficult. Oftentimes, people who experience panic attacks think that they are having a heart attack because the symptoms are so severe. Usually, however, the panic attack subsides and the person is left looking forRead More

Pathways To Recovery

Recovery is complex. Aside from being extremely difficult for the person recovering, there are many different ways that you can approach recovery. The Recovery Research Institute lists three pathways to recovery: clinical pathways, non-clinical pathways, and self-management pathways. Different pathways work for different individuals. It is important to keepC in mind all the ways thatRead More

Reducing Harm During Recovery

At Villa Tranquil Recovery, we are all about reducing the harm during your recovery journey with us. The Recovery Research Institute calls harm reduction “an approach that promotes health in a way that meets people where they are at, accepting that not everyone is ready or capable of stopping their substance use at a givenRead More

Identifying Anxiety Triggers

There are countless events that may trigger anxiety. The important thing is to recognize them so that you will be able to adequately deal with them once they arise. Even better, you can try to nip them in the bud and deal with them before they become a big issue.  Here are a few triggersRead More

What You Wish You’d Known Earlier

We’ve all heard “hindsight is 20/20,” and it’s true. Looking back with the knowledge you have now, you may feel ashamed at the way you previously thought and behaved. You, however, might still be stuck in the middle. If so, you don’t have access to hindsight yet. Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help sharpenRead More