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June 20, 2018
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“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.”—William S. Burroughs

“Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, “I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.”― Jack Kornfield

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We live in a world where we are confused about what’s important. The emphasis on values of wealth and independence overshadow our values to nourish and care for what matters most (Madeline Levine, PhD, author of “The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids”). In fact, the notion of what is the most important thing at any given time is something that we take for granted. Regularly asking ourselves what is truly important to us is not something that we have learned to consciously and methodically do. We picked our values regarding what’s important from the narratives in our families and culture, and it was seldom a participatory event. In this piece, I want to explore what gets in the way of us taking a sincere look at what matters most, thus failing at taking skillful and responsive action.

The central question I am exploring is: How come we tend to some things and not to others? For instance, when we think about being sick with the flu, it is easy to recognize the need to do something to take care of ourselves. We need our physical health to move, work, and do all sorts of basic functions that allow us to stay alive. However, when our ailment lies in a more subtle place, like our mind, we have a much harder time in addressing it. In fact, this also applies to various physical conditions like malnourishment, poor physical health, and all sorts of issues that we don’t perceive as

having an immediate impact on our daily functioning. We all know about the diet, spiritual practice, or exercise plan we want to follow but we end up putting in the back burner. We all know about those habits that have negative impacts on our lives and the lives of others, yet we continue to ignore.

To be fair, there is a wide range of beliefs, values, unresolved psychological issues, and even personality traits that operate together regarding what we choose to address. In this article I do not mean to write about all these interacting conditions. I will focus mainly around beliefs about ourselves and on the values we choose to emphasize.

I would like to explore one of the most important aspects impacting our choices, and is our notion of self-worth. It’s beyond the scope of this writing piece to map how we come to cut short our ability to fully love ourselves. Still, most of us, to various degrees, hold parts of ourselves that are confused about what self-love and self-worth means. These parts show up in those moments when we say things impulsively and without thinking about our impact. It happens when we indulge in that extra whatever thing we don’t really need and it’s not really going to make us feel any better in the long run. It happens when we, knowing or unknowingly, neglect any of the myriad needs we have. And perhaps, it is most evident, when we hold ourselves back from manifesting our potential.

A fundamental aspect of self-worth is in regards to its relationship to self-care. The way we think about our self-worth, will have an impact on how we choose to nourish ourselves. As a therapist, one of the most evident ways I notice people’s self-worth and self-care is in the way they treat their emotions, in particular, their difficult ones. During our early ages we learned to cope with difficult emotions in many ways. Perhaps it was by avoiding them, projecting them the onto others, denying them, distracting ourselves, and so on. Here I don’t want to make the point that people should not utilize those coping strategies. A more useful argument would be that, though we learned a lot of ways to avoid painful feelings, we did not really learn how to meet and learn from those feelings. Coping with them helped us function in the short-term. But by only doing that, we loose the ability to realize our capacities in the long-term.

But how does distracting myself actually relate to lack of self-worth? It becomes clear when we slow down and turn our curiosity towards our relationship to a negative feeling. When we feel frustrated, lonely, or hurt, what is the emotional overlay we place on it? Most likely is another negative emotion. It could be aversion, more frustration, fear, confusion, or any other emotion that is about pushing away that primary feeling or experience we are having. Other times we may wallow in the feeling as a means to manipulate others and/or avoid responsibility. It is in that relationship to our emotional pain that we can truly find the extent of our self-worth. It is by taking our time to study who we are when our mind is at odds with itself where we can discover a new way of being. It is by meeting our experience in it’s most tender form that we have a chance to manifest unconditional love towards ourselves and others.

The argument I am making here is that our self-worth reveals itself in how we treat our suffering. And the more compassion we have towards ourselves, the more wholesome choices we make. I want to quote famous Zen Master and Nobel Pice winner Tich Nhat Hanh to help me make this point:

“To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren’t doing them. Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in the warm water, it is really quite pleasant. I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands. I know that if I hurry in order to eat dessert sooner, the time of washing dishes will be unpleasant and not worth living. That would be a pity, for each minute, each second of life is a miracle. The dishes themselves and that fact that I am here washing them are miracles!”

What would happen if, on top of using our usual coping strategies, we also take some times to utilize the power of heart and mind to transform? What would happen if we give ourselves the opportunity to fully utilize our capacity for self-knowledge and self-love? To meet each moment and emotion with awe? Could it be that we find Freedom? Awakening? Belonging? Abundance? Could it be that the things we value begin to change? Will we become like socrates who relished in his feeling of lacking to need so many useless things? Could our thirst for materialism change for a thirst for service? I like to think so.


January 29, 2018
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Getting physically as well as mentally healthy in a holistic way is an important part of the drug rehab process.

This time of year, it’s hard to stay healthy while the flu and common cold are running rampant. But there are some non-pharmaceutical things you can do to help keep your immune system running at optimum capacity.

U.S. News suggests the following six ways to safeguard yourself against illness:

1. Reduce stress

Chronic stress negatively affects your immune system and your metabolism. Find an effective way to reduce stress, such as yoga or other exercise, meditation, writing in a journal or taking a hot bath.

2. Get more sleep.

If you don’t sleep at least seven hours per night on a regular basis, your probability of getting sick triples. Your body repairs itself itself while you’re sleeping.

3. Get some vitamin D

Vitamin D strengthens the immune system and is full of antimicrobials that attack viruses and bacteria. You can get all you need by spending at least 10 to 15 minutes a day in the sun.

4. Try eucalyptus oil

Put eucalyptus oil in an aromatherapy diffuser, or make a eucalyptus steam bath by mixing a cup of boiling water 10 drops of the oil, then inhaling it deeply for five to 10 minutes.

5. Eliminate sugar from your diet

Sugar suppresses your immune system and encourages the growth of viruses and bacteria.

Replace junk food with grass-fed meats, organic dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables.

6. Take echinacea

Echinacea stimulates the immune system and helps relieve aches and pains. You can make echinacea tea or take it in tablet form.

A healthy diet and good nutrition are important to overall health and to improving energy and mood during the recovery process. Love Life Wellness wants to connect clients on their recover journey to deeper aspects of themselves, their health and a holistic approach to living life.


January 22, 2018
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A former assistant coach for the National Football League Miami Dolphins said he would like to coach again at some level after going through inpatient drug rehab and an outpatient program to overcome a cocaine and alcohol addiction.

Chris Foerster resigned as offensive line coach of the Dolphins after a video of him snorting cocaine off his desk went viral in October 2017, NFL.com reported. He checked in to rehab, which the Dolphins paid for, on Oct. 9. He successfully completed the inpatient drug rehab program Dec. 8 and was discharged.

Foerster, who coached in the NFL for  25 years and at the college level for 10, told NFL.com that he had made a terrible mistake by becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol and went to treatment because he knew his life was out of control. He called treatment to overcome his addictions a “humbling experience.”

He acknowledges that although he loves helping players as a coach, he doesn’t know at what level he will be coaching next, or whether he will ever be hired to coach a team again.

Foerster is currently continuing intensive outpatient treatment in South Florida.

If your journey to sobriety includes a need for an intensive outpatient program (IOP), consider the holistic program offered by Love Life Wellness. Designed with a holistic approach to healing in mind, the Love Life IOP integrates spiritual and holistic care.

A holistic treatment program helps patients seek purpose and meaning to examine the root causes of their addiction. At Love Life Wellness, patients can do this through group and individual therapy, holistic services and community support and gradually over time transition to greater self-sufficiency in their journey towards an addiction-free future.

Treatment at Love Life Wellness will give you mindfulness and space to grow in sobriety and spirituality as you recover from your addiction.


January 15, 2018
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The Vice President of India promoted the practice of holistic yoga at an anniversary celebration last week, calling it “a holistic approach to well-being.”

Vice President Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu spoke at a celebration honoring 100 years of the Yoga Institute of Mumbai last week. Naidu said,“Yoga connects physical health with mental equilibrium and emotional tranquility; it promotes concentration and focused attention,” the Deccan Herald reported.

The vice president pointed out that holistic yoga has beneficial physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions. He noted that the sage Patanjali, who compiled the first yoga philosophy, defines yoga as the ability to control random thoughts and achieve a stillness, calmness and inner harmony.

He said holistic yoga is not a narrow, religious practice as some believe, but is a practice that builds on ethical principles that everyone should follow: non-violence, truthfulness, honesty and fidelity.

Naidu congratulated the Yoga Institute for a century of service training yoga instructors and providing “excellent services to humanity.”

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu took office as vice president of India in August 2017. He previously served as Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in the Modi Cabinet.

Love Life IOP is a program designed with intention and careful integration of spiritual and holistic approaches. In an IOP level of care, it is more important than ever to begin setting your sights on what kind of new lifestyle you want to create for yourself.

Clients on the journey of early sobriety often seek purpose and meaning and are looking to connect with concepts and communities that enrich this. At Love Life, that’s what we’re all about.

At Love Life, we want to connect clients to something bigger than their addiction. We hope to connect them to deeper aspects of themselves, their health, emotions, others, and a holistic approach to living life.

Learning about a recovery lifestyle happens naturally since the wellness community already exists within Love Life and all of our staff embody the principles of a holistic and spiritual lifestyle. If you want to give yourself the gift of mindfulness and space to grow in sobriety and spirituality, then Love Life is for you.


January 8, 2018
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Holistic rehab is the method Love Life Wellness uses during the recovery process.

Clients participate in groups that are mindfully created to embody the integration of holism and recovery concepts. Some examples are:

  • Mindfulness based walking meditation
  • Projective art therapy groups
  • Trigger identification through yoga and art
  • Movement therapy and emotional expression
  • Relapse prevention through experiential psycho-dramatic processing
  • Meditation training as a coping skill
  • Healthy diet and nutrition education to improve energy and mood
  • Social skill building through immersion in a wellness community atmosphere

Other holistic wellness services offered by Love Life Wellness include:

Group acupuncture

Acupuncture is a procedure used in or adapted from Chinese medical practice in which specific body areas are pierced with fine needles for therapeutic purposes or to relieve pain or produce regional anesthesia. Group acupuncture means the service is not offered in an exclusive setting, but inside of our zen room along with other guests who may be receiving the same services. However, the Dr. gives you exclusive attention before, during and after your treatment. You will enjoy the same benefits as if you were in a private setting, however for a much lower rate which makes it possible to receive it more often which is when effective results and healing are most likely to occur.

Body therapeutix

Ultimate tissue regeneration & true pain relief body work. This treatment is similar to a very deep massage therapy, helping unlock and dissolve calcium deposits that plug up the tissues and circulatory system of the body. Benefits: optimizes hydration, improves circulation, improves mobility, eliminates chronic pain, helps recovery in athletic practice, optimizes natural stretching, creates an incredible youthful state, slows down aging.

Health coaching

Health coaching is a full support towards a healthier lifestyle. Our health coaches utilize a holistic approach to supporting our clients achieve balance in health, work, relationships, and spirit. Wether the goal is to lose weight, overcome a blockage, adapt to a difficult situation, or adopt a healthier lifestyle, our coaches are here to help you. Different packages available. First consultation is free.


January 2, 2018
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The New Year brings the desire to change bad and even life-threatening habits and dependencies on substances such as drugs and alcohol.

Identifying why you want to change is key to moving forward, according to experts in The Daily Item.

Men who drink two drinks a day and women who drink at least one drink every day could have an addiction problem and should seek help through substance abuse counseling, they said. A detoxification process led by a professional is necessary to break the chemical dependency.

People with an addiction to alcohol need to understand that identifying and acknowledging the problem puts them in control of getting better, said  Laura Campbell, psychologist at Geisinger Health System.

She said addictive behavior stems from not dealing with negative emotions or hurts and instead using substances to avoid dealing with them.

Experts say the hardest pat about changing behavior, whether it’s an addiction to drugs or alcohol, food or cigarettes, is that the change has to come from within.

If you have been working on your recovery from an addiction but suffer a relapse, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Studies show that the longer a course of addiction treatment, the greater one’s chances of avoiding relapse and finding lasting freedom from addiction.

Our intensive outpatient program lets patients extend their treatment experience over the course of an additional 60 days. During this time, clients enjoy access to group and individual therapy, holistic services and community support and gradually over time transition to greater self-sufficiency in their journey towards a future free from addiction.

This step-down approach to recovery means clients begin outpatient rehab with a high level of programmatic support, structure and accountability (meaning three days a week of group and individual therapies, peer support groups, life skills training and mentorship and other scheduled activities). We are the bridge between residential treatment and having your life back and loving it.


December 25, 2017
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People with a history of substance abuse are often prone to feelings of depression. The emotional ups and downs of the holidays can trigger those feelings, and can lead to a relapse.

If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Love Life is a full-circle hub for health and wellness focused on inspiring our guests to love themselves and love life. We strive to cultivate a conscious community and offer well-rounded, holistic based programing.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of depression can help you recognize the condition in yourself and others and seek proper treatment. The National Institute of Mental Health offers this list of what to look for:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings – People suffering from depression have these feelings for more than two weeks.
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism – Depression is often characterized by a bleak outlook. It may feel like nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing that can be done to improve the situation.
  • Loss of energy – Many people suffering from depression feel fatigued, sluggish and physically drained. Small tasks may be exhausting or take longer to complete than usual.
  • Concentration problems – Trouble focusing, making decisions or remembering things can often accompany depression.
  • Irritability and restlessness – Everyone and everything may get on the nerves of a person suffering depression. They may have a low tolerance level and a short temper.
  • Loss of interest in once-pleasant activities or hobbies– Hobbies, pastimes and social activities don’t offer joy or pleasure for people suffering from depression.
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping – Depression is often accompanied not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much and still feeling like you don’t have any energy.
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain – Some people suffering from depression may overeat, or not eat at all.
  • Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt – Depression patients criticize themselves harshly for perceived faults and mistakes.
  • Unexplained aches and pains –Including headaches, back pain, aching muscles and stomach pain.

Depression looks different for everyone. If these signs or symptoms describe you or a loved one, talk to your doctor.


December 21, 2017
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If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Love Life is a full-circle hub for health and wellness focused on inspiring our guests to love themselves and love life. We strive to cultivate a conscious community and offer well-rounded, holistic based programing.

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) is designed with intention and careful integration of spiritual and holistic approaches. In an IOP level of care, it is more important than ever to begin setting your sights on what kind of new lifestyle you want to create for yourself.

Clients on the journey of early sobriety often seek purpose and meaning and are looking to connect with concepts and communities that enrich this. At Love Life, that’s what we’re all about.

Studies show that the longer a course of addiction treatment, the greater one’s chances of avoiding relapse and finding lasting freedom from addiction. Our intensive outpatient program lets patients extend their treatment experience over the course of an additional 60 days.

During this time, clients enjoy access to group and individual therapy, holistic services and community support and gradually over time transition to greater self-sufficiency in their journey towards a future free from addiction.

This step-down approach to recovery means clients begin outpatient drug rehab with a high level of programmatic support, structure and accountability (meaning three days a week of group and individual therapies, peer support groups, life skills training and mentorship and other scheduled activities).

Clients can expect group sessions that are holistic, experiential, reflective, and hands-on. At Love Life, we use the environment of the wellness community and downtown Wynwood art district to inspire engagement of recovery concepts including relapse prevention and coping skills.

Learning about a recovery lifestyle happens naturally, and our staff embodies the principles of a holistic and spiritual lifestyle. If you want to give yourself the gift of mindfulness and space to grow in sobriety and spirituality, then Love Life is for you.

We are the bridge between residential treatment and having your life back and loving it.


December 11, 2017
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If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Studies show that the longer a course of addiction treatment, the greater one’s chances of avoiding relapse and finding lasting freedom from addiction.

Our intensive outpatient program lets patients extend their treatment experience over the course of an additional 60 days. During this time, clients enjoy access to group and individual therapy, holistic services and community support and gradually over time transition to greater self-sufficiency in their journey towards a future free from addiction.

This step-down approach to recovery means clients begin outpatient rehab with a high level of programmatic support, structure and accountability (meaning three days a week of group and individual therapies, peer support groups, life skills training and mentorship and other scheduled activities). We are the bridge between residential treatment and having your life back and loving it.

The holidays are a joyous yet stressful time. Medical News Today offers these tips for battling holiday stress:

1. Limit spending

Money issues are one of the leading causes of holiday stress. Avoid overspending by setting a budget and keeping in mind what’s really important about the season.

2. Manage expectations

Be realistic about your expectations — don’t expect everythng to go perfectly. You can only do so much; don’t overextend yourself.

Trying to achieve too much can take its toll on your mind and body, so don’t hesitate to ask for help.

3. Avoid overindulging

It’s okay to have some treats, but don’t overdo it or your guilt might lead to other indulgences.

4. Go for a walk

Exercise is a great stress antidote. Take a walk around the block to stabilize your mood.

5. Have some fun

Watch a funny holiday movie or play a game with your family. Leave the dishes in the sink and enjoy everyone’s company instead. Organize fun activities to boost laughter and reduce stress. Find something that makes you laugh.

Reducing stress in healthy ways will help you avoid a holiday relapse.


December 4, 2017
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For people with a history of substance abuse, there’s a risk that holiday activities might trigger a relapse. If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you.

To avoid relapsing into substance abuse over the holidays, Everyday Health suggests the following strategies:

 

Control stress

People sometimes use alcohol or illegal drugs to cope with stress. Consider more healthy ways of dealing with stress instead, like exercise.

Distract yourself

Bring a friend with you to parties to help you stay sober. Choose a spot far from the bar. Ask your host if he or she needs help cleaning up, cooking or taking coats.

Rehearse answers

Come up with and rehearse a reason for turning down alcoholic drinks so you don’t feel awkward in the moment.

Wait out your cravings

A craving only lasts about 20 minutes, so if you can stop yourself from immediately giving in, you should be able to wait it out. Think about what you have to lose by giving in.

Use your support system

Attend extra meetings of AA or other support groups during the holidays to stay on track. Call on friends and family members and others on the recovery journey when you feel yourself slipping.

If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Studies show that the longer a course of addiction treatment, the greater one’s chances of avoiding relapse and finding lasting freedom from addiction. Love Life Wellness offers holistic rehab, holistic yoga, drug rehab and inpatient drug rehab.

Our intensive outpatient program lets patients extend their treatment experience over the course of an additional 60 days. During this time, clients enjoy access to group and individual therapy, holistic services and community support and gradually over time transition to greater self-sufficiency in their journey towards a future free from addiction.

This step-down approach to recovery means clients begin outpatient rehab with a high level of programmatic support, structure and accountability (meaning three days a week of group and individual therapies, peer support groups, life skills training and mentorship and other scheduled activities). We are the bridge between residential treatment and having your life back and loving it.