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What is a Resolution?

A resolution, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a firm decision to do or not do something. The word can also be defined as the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter – however, when it comes to the New Year, we tend to gravitate towards the first definition. Devising a lengthy list of…

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Addiction and Mental Health

Addiction and mental illness often go hand-in-hand. In many instances, those suffering from untreated mental disorders will turn to drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medication. Additionally, the continuous use of chemical substances has been known to lead to a decline in mental health, sometimes resulting in irreversible mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety,…

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Alcoholism and Men

Am I Struggling with an Alcohol Abuse Disorder or Alcohol Addiction?   Since alcohol was first brought to the United States, it has become a major facet of American culture and society. While alcoholism has been a part of American history for just as long as the fermentation process, the disease model was not widely…

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Trauma Recovery – Recognizing Inherent Value

The psychology of men, and why traumatized men frequently need to develop an authentic sense of self-worth during the recovery process. Men and Self-Worth They way we perceive ourselves affects the way we interact with others; it affects our motivation, our development of life goals… pretty much every aspect of our lives. At a young…

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Breath Work in Trauma Recovery

Continued suffering from a past trauma does not indicate weakness, illness or being at fault for what happened. It’s important to understand that. Especially because those feelings can be barriers to getting help. And if left untreated, trauma’s effects can linger and show up in various ways. Trauma victims are more likely to isolate themselves,…

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Dealing with an Addicted Loved One Over the Holidays

The holiday season can be stressful in and of itself. Presents to purchase, wrap, and ship off (after waiting for hours in the unmoving lines at the local post office). Dinner parties to organize, cook for, and clean up after (after mediating booze-fueled arguments between politically opinionated family members). Add an active addiction to the…

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PTSD Recovery for Men

Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions throughout the United States. Studies show that over 70 percent of American adults will undergo a traumatic experience during their lifetimes, and over 20 percent of these individuals go on to develop PTSD (this equates to nearly 44.7 million…

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Men and Shame

A core issue is a negative self-belief that it repeatedly validated by negative life experiences. Most core beliefs are born sometime during childhood, and are frequently the result of early abuse, abandonment, neglect, or loss. Core issues have been referred to as ‘unfinished business’ – they are unresolved and misguided beliefs that stem from deep-seated…

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Can Men Be Love Addicted?

When we talk about love addiction and love avoidance, we may be inclined to assume that the female is the addict and the male is the avoidant. And, truth be told, this is usually the case. Love addicts and love avoidance share the same underlying fear – the fear of being abandoned. However, in the…

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Trauma Recovery for Men

What kind of progress have we, as a nation, made in the realm of long-standing gender stereotypes? Well, we know they exist. Unfortunately, as much as we like to believe that we have begun to adequately eradicate the pigeonholing process, we generally still raise our boys to believe that emoting is negative. Showing emotion equates…