8 Signs of Love Addiction – How to Tell If You Are Addicted to Love & How to Beat it!


Love addiction is mainly dependent on love relationships and a lot of dependencies. Though the beginning stages are all romantic but eventually when the dependency develops, the relationship also strains and it then turns the relationship to the love addiction stage wherein one partner who loves more or is under the impression of loving the other more becomes the love addict, and the other one becomes the love avoidant. Besides, the love addict tends to fall in love quickly with every person as he walks around with his heart on the sleeve. He eventually gets into a relationship and starts dominating the other person under the pretext of love and passion. Most of the time they get into a relationship so that they can get over the pain they had gone through in their childhood.

Tips for Reaching Personal Growth and Development


Personal growth and development are important for any human being. It is the only way through which a person gets to know himself and others well. You can always attend personality development workshops which can help you become a better version of yourself over some time. The tips for achieving personal growth and development include self-acceptance which is the most important step of all. You also need to set clear cut goals in your life which are Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. Learn new things and move ahead in life by making modifications and improvements in your life wherever required. Meditation is equally important as it plays a great role in the development of one’s personality. Lastly, learn to enjoy the smaller things in life just like you would enjoy the bigger ones.


Mental Health Retreats – Solution for Your Health Problems


Issues in the mental health are caused by many factors such as genetic traits, exposure to negative influence during birth, mental chemistry and brain illness, depression, anxiety and negative stresses of life such as a death of someone close, financial issues, emotional or physical abuse or the environment of a person. Mental health retreats are important for a person as they directly bring relief to the mental health problems by alleviating stress and providing comfort in their facilities by way of amenities, privacy and a chance to relax. The surroundings are natural and thus it is beautiful and untouched. One can reconnect with nature and calm his brain which makes him feel refreshed, healthy and energised. The treatment at these mental health retreats is an effective solution to cater to your mental issues.


Healing from Emotional Trauma is Possible – Some Tips


Every person these days is going through some trauma or the other. So many people are affected by emotional trauma around the globe. Usually in case of some stressful incident breaking apart the sense of security and when people start perceiving things as dangerous or simply being in a constant state of fear, emotional trauma sets in. there are various reasons through which this emotional trauma haunts a person, but then the person should be willing to get healed as well. He/she should accept the support of their loved ones. And also seek the help of trained professionals where he can get the therapy or other treatment which may deem fit as per their requirement. The best ways to heal is by avoiding the isolation part and have your close friends and family together.


The Trauma/Addiction Cycle

Trauma Addiction

Addiction and trauma are interrelated. The blog checks out how they are a vicious circle and each of them depend on the other. Trauma leads to addiction and addiction leads to more trauma and more trauma eventually leads to more and more addiction. These are two inter-dependent problems and needs to be treated together. The primary problems related to trauma addiction involved substance addiction and traumatic experiences in the past. At times, when parents start comparing their kids among each other or if one of the kid is not doing well in life and is getting addicted to self-medication or if there is some kind of long term injury this can lead to trauma and addiction. Besides, kids being overly subjected to traumatic experiences in their childhood also leads to them being addicted and traumatized. People need to accept themselves and not try to be the better version of themselves due to parental or societal pressure. Only then they would be able to recover and heal themselves.


30 Things You Need to Know about Trauma and PTSD: PTSD Awareness Month

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD),is usually overlooked and missed, and the trauma associated with it is generally dismissed. This is the primary reason that there are so many people out there who struggle with this disorder and don’t know about it yet. People start thinking that whatever happened to them wasn’t bad therefore they put PTSD is on the backseat. But as a fact, PTSD and trauma are interrelated and should not be avoided in any circumstances. You need to firstly aware of the traumas that are associated with this disorder. Sexual assault and sudden outbursts of anger are few of the major reasons of PTSD. Besides, women are more prone to develop this disorder as compared to men. You can get yourself protected against it by creating a solid support function.


The Connection between Your Fuel and Your Mental Health

Mental Health

Yoga, exercise and sleep is usually the answer for the ways to manage the mental health. But as this blog points out, food also plays an important role in shaping you as a person. In order to get a good mental status, one must consume foods that are healthy. The few options which you can choose from include Mediterranean diet which includes nuts, legumes, extra virgin olive oil, fish and skinless poultry. Including Omega 3 fatty acids can also have a therapeutic effect on health. You can also choose flaxseed, hemp, lake trout, chia, and walnuts to compensate for the omega 3 needs of your body. Vitamin D is most essential to soak the sun in as much as you can and have D3 capsules too. You must avoid foods that are processed, sugary and fried. These are responsible for diminishing the mental and physical health of the people.


Mind & Heart: A Mindful Path to Wholehearted Living

f7abac252ae5ed68121b92ba7a669d87_LThis workshop for professionals is a 3-day intensive for individuals who want to further their own healing and for those who assist others in the healing journey. This workshop acknowledges that many people have encountered difficult situations as children and as adults: trauma, abuse, neglect, break-ups, betrayal, disappointment, failures, illness, loss, and grief. Yet, humans are resilient creatures – they generally find ways to survive. However, surviving isn’t the same as thriving! Indeed, many times the very adaptations that helped people to survive get in the way of really living life wholeheartedly.

Psychiatrist, researcher, teacher, and workshop designer, Jon Caldwell, DO, PhD, will personally facilitate the workshop. The Mind & Heart workshop is a scientifically researched intervention that entails a mixture of highly informative material and experiential exercises using mindfulness and compassion. Because these ancient practices will be applied in unique ways to heal past wounds, people of various skill levels with mindfulness can benefit from the workshop. Also, the practice of mindfulness and compassion does not need to interfere with workshop participants’ spiritual beliefs, but can serve to deepen existing belief systems. All that is needed is a curious mind, a willing heart, and an intention to heal!

16.0 Continuing Education Credits or NBCC Clock Hours Available

Cost: $1500 per person, all inclusive of two meals on Friday, three meals Saturday, one meal Sunday, lodging at Rio Retreat Bunkhouse, and ground transportation from and back to the Phoenix Airport.

Content Source

Rio Retreat Center Brain Spa is OPEN

0e09527b0f5edaa60cf5702119e6a0a2_LThe WHY of biofeedback has been incorporated into the Monday psycho-educational lecture. There has been a  big response with workshop participants using the brain spa,  mornings, evenings and during lunch breaks!

The Brain, Heart, Body connection at RIO:

  • CES  – Cranial Electro- Stimulation –  the  CES stimulates ALPHA WAVES, increases oxygen and blood flow to the brain
  • HRC – Heart  Rate Coherence  –  Reduces  stress,  Develops self-awareness of internal reactions
  • Chi Machine most beneficial to the heart and lungs.  Increase lymphatic flow and improves the immune system.

WHY?  These machines support a positive feedback loop between positive emotions and good physical health.

We need to teach ourselves how our brains and bodies work; being in control of ourselves requires becoming familiar with our inner world and accurately identifying what scares, upsets, or delights us.

You can be fully in charge of your life only if you can acknowledge the reality of your body, in all its visceral dimensions.”
― Bessel A. van der KolkThe Body Keeps the Score

For more information call (866) 816-0139.

Content source

New Focus on Childhood Trauma and Healing for Adults


I recently came across a blog written by ACEs Connection member Elizabeth Prewitt titled, For the first time, SAMHSA’s annual children’s mental health event focuses on trauma.”  In the article, Ms. Prewitt writes, “It is both remarkable and natural that the theme of the 2018 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) May 10th Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event was “Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma”. It was remarkable to hear “ACEs” and “trauma-informed” roll off the tongues of all the federal officials (some seasoned, some new appointees in the Trump Administrsation). And natural as the awareness of ACEs science grows at lightning speed…at least it feels that way.”

It was certainly exciting to learn that the SAMHSA event aligned so closely with the mission of ACEs Connection: to accelerate the global ACEs science movement, to recognize the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in shaping adult behavior and health, and to promote trauma-informed and resilience-building practices and policies in all communities and institutions. Strategies for making child-serving systems more trauma-informed is a subject near and dear to my own heart.

Before coming to work for Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows as a Survivors Workshop facilitator, I worked with children and adolescents in residential treatment for seven years. The agency was amazing and provided consistent, compassionate, therapeutic and psychiatric long-term care for kids in the residential program. The agency also provided services for children and families in several equally effective programs. It was very rewarding and fun to work with the team, the children, and their families. Even though the children and adolescents returned to better home situations, I imagine that there are effects in their lives as adults because they had high ACEs scores (click here for your ACEs score).

Adults who have faced adverse childhood experiences such as physical, sexual and verbal abuse; physical and emotional neglect; a family member with addiction or mental illness; witnessing abuse; or losing a parent to separation, divorce or other reason can find help in The Meadows family of programs and services. Adults with a history of childhood trauma may be resilient and have learned to adapt but often times they have problems with health, relationships, addictions, anxiety, or mood disorders.

Specifically designed to address childhood trauma, The Meadows signature workshop, Survivors,  is a five-day experience conducted in a group format. Survivors has been in existence for over 30 years and has served many thousands of inpatients as well as outpatients.

Prior to attending Survivors, participants complete a questionnaire covering the basics of their family while growing up. On the first day of the workshop, participants learn about Pia Mellody’s Developmental Immaturity Model.  I think Pia’s model is genius, and like to call it “the guidebook for life that we never got.” Participants gain insight into how the relational trauma and abuse during childhood affect their relationship with themselves and others.

From a very young age, even before we acquired speech, we learned to take the energetic pulse of our home. We learned to be sensitive to the moods, desires, and expectations of those around us. Being dependent on our caregivers for our survival, we often developed more sensitivity to the feelings of others than to our own. We also took in the messages that were given to us about who we needed to be and who we could not be.

As adults, we can feel confused about who we are or believe that we need to have another’s approval to feel okay.  We can think and feel that our value and worth is based on looking pretty or being the highest achiever. We can think that we have to achieve in specific ways to have value, and if we don’t, then we feel worthless. We can even believe that nothing we do is ever good enough. These painful struggles are a result of relational trauma and abuse.

The healing recovery work done is Survivors is not about blaming or bashing parents or other caregivers. It is truly about healing from the past in order to be more balanced and functional. Often the parenting styles are generational. The definition of abuse we use is “anything less than nurturing or experienced as shaming.”

The Survivors workshop is popular because it is effective. People walk away feeling lighter, more open, and connected with themselves after releasing the energy surrounding the trauma experiences. We often have individuals come to the workshop who have been referred by a family member or friend after having noticed the changes. Frequently, we hear workshop participants say, “Everybody should do this! Everyone can benefit from this!” and “This should be taught in schools.” People walk away with a sense that they have made a difference, not only in their own lives but in the family legacy that they pass on to future generations.

All of The Meadows programs provide trauma-informed treatment specific to the specialized program. It is a privilege to be a part of this premier provider of leading-edge trauma treatment. I feel very hopeful knowing that SAMHSA’s annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day spotlighted the need for trauma-informed and resilience-building practices and policies for children. This is a great step forward for the field of trauma treatment and future generations of children will benefit from this increased focus and funding.

If you are interested in attending a Survivors workshop, please call our intake department at 1-866-457-3202.  For more information, click on the following link:


By Nancy Minister, MC, Survivors Therapist

Content Source