Posts with the category “stress”

Recovery During the Pandemic
by Sandra Knapp, MS, LPC on July 14th, 2020
These uncertain times have created an environment of isolation, loneliness, anger, and a state of feeling overwhelmed for many. Being in early recovery these emotions may be the trigger for a breaking point. The lack of control over our environment can create a daily HALT experience. HALT is an acronym for Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, and Tiredness. These basic functions and emotions serve as a warn...  Read More
Be Independent from Your Addiction this Independence Day
by Sandra Knapp, MS, LPC on June 24th, 2019
Independence Day is said to be the fourth most celebrated holiday in the United States. 4th of July is synonymous with parties, fireworks, socializing, eating, and drinking. Individuals who are in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction encounter special challenges during this time, especially early on. Relapse rates increase around the holidays, therefore being prepared for the triggers is one way to reduce chances of threats to recovery.   Read More
Cycles of Response - Improving Communication
by Sandra Knapp, MS, LPC on June 11th, 2019
Ever heard the saying “humans are creatures of habit?” Well our thoughts, feelings, and responses can also become habitual. Habitual thought patterns and behaviors can become problematic as the response often does not match the circumstance or the desired outcomes. The diagram demonstrates an unhelpful cycle of response and healthy way to approach internal processes and communication.  Let’s explo...  Read More
Monday Relaxation
by Sandra Knapp, MS, LPC on April 1st, 2019
Looking for ways to reduce stress? Take a few minutes to watch this video and practice relaxation.  Read More