What’s life in recovery like in the UK?

We recover, as do our families and our communities. FIRST NATIONAL UK SURVEY OF ADDICTION RECOVERY EXPERIENCES Professor David Best and a colleagues from Sheffield Hallam University in partnership with Action on Addiction have conducted the first national UK Life in Recovery survey. The survey was based on similar […]

What is Addictive Behaviour?

In this blogsite we will be asking and attempting to give answers to the following questions 1. What is addictive behaviour? 2. How is it defined? 3. What are the neurobiological models of addiction – dopaminergic positive reinforcement models, stress based negative reinforcement models and thirdly a model […]

The Case Of George…

Unveiling the Hidden Self (part 2) Today we look at a clinical study (vignette) of a patient who suffered emotional neglect as a child to show how developmental trauma can dramatically affect the patient’s personality and behaviour. in this case, it led to negative expectations towards interpersonal relationships, disturbing feelings […]

Unveiling the hidden self

Unveiling the hidden self: Developmental trauma and pathological shame   Part 1 In this blog we and cite and use excerpts from an excellent paper  we came across recently on ResearchGate This article (1) focuses on the role played by developmental trauma in generating impairing feelings of shame as […]

Shame is a Soul Eating Emotion

Part 2   Shame is closely related to humiliation. Stoller (1987) states…” “Humiliation is deeper, more hidden in muscle, bone and mind; often more dangerous to others (as in paranoidness), more likely to provoke retaliation…” In the experience of shame, the individual loses his or her cherished sense […]

Healing Within the Blur

Engaging the unconscious in everyday life with Chuck Bender

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mostly poetry, partly peculiar.

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Practical Lessons for Everyday Life

Progress Not Perfection

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Get your head on straight


The Courage To Shift is my Life Coach business that focuses on moving the client from victim, to VICTOR, regardless of their personal goals! Is there anything in life that you would like more of?


never judge a girl by her weight


Heal the past. Free the present. Bless the future.

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Espiritu en Fuego -- A Fiery Spirit Expressing Herself

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Ditching the drink and waking up

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