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We see so many people suffering from addictions, abuse, trauma, and grief. Learning self-care is one way to allow oneself to heal and create new beginnings. How do you take care of yourself? Self-love, stillness, prayer, and mediation can be helpful for self-care.

From Trauma, to Trust, to Triumph video

by Dr. Michael Obsatz

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“A trauma is a damage to the mind that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event."
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Healing from Life's Trauma and Setbacks

by David Tillman

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"Judith Herman, in Trauma and Recovery, writes about the three stages of recovery from trauma"
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Thirst – God and the Alcoholic Experience

by James B. Nelson, book excerpts by David Tillman

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"“Spirituality is a response to her human sense of incompleteness – whatever form that response might take. Religion, on the other hand, is a communal expression of that response...
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Using Buddies: Overcoming Chemical Incest

by Dr. Michael Obsatz

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"How did Robert Downey, Jr. become hooked on drugs? Some people wonder if his dad enticed him into drug use when he was very young. There are millions of young people whose parents use drugs, and want their kids to become “using buddies.”
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Human Shadow Awareness Offers Healing

by Dr. Michael Obsatz and David Tillman

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"From before birth, and through our lives, our human shadow develops, grows, and influences our daily lives."
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Paper on Alcoholics Anonymous

by David Tillman

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"Alcoholism is an unsanctioned illness in our culture. Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A) primary focus is to help alcoholics stop drinking and stay sober."
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The Quest for Maturity and Sobriety

by Dr. Michael Obsatz
I believe there is a crisis among many of America’s children. They live in a state of prolonged immaturity and self-aborption. Many of them are ignored, neglected, abused, and manipulated into becoming addicts."
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Personal Healing

by Dr. Michael Obsatz

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"Life is not a Hallmark card, or a “feel good” movie. Life is complex, challenging, and more complicated than heroes and villains. Part of life involves sadness, disappointments, losses, betrayals, and wounds."
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“The Wounded Healer” Book Review

by David Tillman

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"Here are some quotations from Nouwen’s “The Wounded Healer” that spoke to me."
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Trust, Abuse, Disillusionment, Betrayal, Anger, and Forgiveness

by Dr. Michael Obsatz

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"Can we forgive Hitler? Or Saddam Hussein? What about mass murderers like John William Gacy of Chicago who killed over thirty young men and boys and buried them in his basement? Why is it so hard to forgive?"
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The Five Things We Cannot Change – Video

by Dr. Michael Obsatz

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Dr Michael Obsatz talks about David Richo’s book, The Five Things We Cannot Change … and the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them. 1) Everything changes and ends, 2) Pain is a part of life,..."
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Paper on “Adult Children of Alcoholics”

by David Tillman

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"This is a recap, in outline form, of quotes and paraphrases from the book: Adult Children of Alcoholics."
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Recovery and Discovery

by Dr. Michael Obsatz

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"As a retired professor, therapist, and author, my life has been described by others as being very productive and meaningful over all. Many don’t know that there were times when I wondered if I would have the strength and courage to carry on."
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