Category: Recovery

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Can Marriage Be Better Now Than Before a Crisis?

By: John Williams  •  January 15, 2020

One of my clients had had his marriage blow up in his face only months before. His pornography habit had been discovered yet again--after repeated promises of “I’m quitting now"--and his wife was so fed up she had left the house for a week. (It could just as easily been...

Fear Versus Anxiety

By: Hannah Smith  •  February 1, 2019

Do you know the difference between fear and anxiety? If you look in the dictionary or ask most people, these words are often used interchangeably. However, there is an important distinction between them. To understand, let’s consider Janet and Marc. The sun was just beginning to peek through the blinds...

Look for Ways God Can Speak to You

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 28, 2018

Turning over your life to God as the navigator is not easy. It requires you to give up control over your life, listen to God, and pay attention to His answer. 

Abuse and Parental Authority

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 28, 2018

If the parenting model you grew up with was fundamentally flawed, you may be at a loss to determine what is normal and what is not, what is helpful and what is harmful.

When Anxiety is in the Driver's Seat of Your Life

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 21, 2018

Did you ever play with wind-up toys as a kid? Remember how if you wound the toy too far, it broke? Well, you are the wind-up toy. You are the wind-up toy, and anxiety keeps winding and winding you up. At some point, anxiety could over-wind you, so you’ll break....

Dr. Gregory Jantz Publishes Seminal Book Healing The Scars of Addiction

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 20, 2018

PRESS RELEASE August 20, 2018 Dr. Gregory Jantz Publishes Seminal Book Healing The Scars of Addiction Media Contacts: Adam Taff, 913.484.1140, adamt@aplaceofhope.com, Dr. Jantz Media Representative (Edmonds, WA) August 20, 2018 – Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of The Center • A Place of HOPE (www.aplaceofhope.com) in Edmonds, Washington, announced today...

A Prayer for Kindness

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 13, 2018

There's something important to remember in the quest for strength and courage, and that's a spirit of kindness.  Too often we teach our children the verse, "Be kind one to another" (Eph. 4:32 RSV), and then we forget the admonition as adults.  True forgiveness and kindness are cut from the...

Non Sequitur – An Irrational Assumption?

By: Hannah Smith  •  July 27, 2018

“Things are going so well…I’m really nervous. Something bad is bound to happen now!” Have you ever heard or thought something like this before? “The other shoe is going to drop” sentiment is a common pothole on the road to recovery. Sadly, this type of thinking prevents many people from...

Boundaries: Drawing the Lines

By: Hannah Smith  •  July 6, 2018

Boundaries are an important part of life. They help us see where we end and others begin. They define and protect us. They let good things in and keep trouble away. In a way, they are like a fence around someone’s house or property. Sound pretty good, don’t they? Think about every person you care about. Do you want them to have boundaries?

Who Are You Without Your Addiction?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 28, 2018

I think people are fearful of giving up an addiction because they believe they will be in pain without it. Instead, they say without their addiction, they will be anxious or afraid.

Practicing Progressive Muscle Relaxation

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 21, 2018

Have you ever noticed how relaxed you can feel after you've done something physically strenuous? It's possible to relive a little of this feeling by engaging in progressive muscle relaxation.

Consequences of Stress

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 31, 2018

Stress is not the ideal environment to make the best decisions. Stress skews your priorities and downsizes goals. Desperate, you make short-term decisions that have long-term consequences.

Journaling Your Story Has Great Power

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 20, 2017

Each time you take time to chronicle a struggle, you contribute to the handbook of how to overcome and succeed the next time. In essence, you write your own self-help book.

Desensitize Your Anxiety

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 6, 2017

Anxieties are progressive, so it seems logical that one of the answers to anxiety would be a progression of a different kind. When a fear starts out small and keeps expanding, the way to combat anxiety is to cut that anxiety down to size. Instead of trying to take on the whole fear, you start small, working your way up your fear, like climbing a ladder.

What is Your Anxiety Script?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 23, 2017

Anxiety has written a script where you play the part of a frazzled, anxious, suspicious, irritable, short-tempered, and easily frustrated person. How do you want to be perceived by the other players on stage? When you take control of your own script, you determine the part you are going to play and then you act accordingly.

Practicing Self-Care During the Holiday Season

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 7, 2016

Many people struggle with the environmental and social triggers during the holiday season that may elicit old, destructive eating patterns. Staying committed to practicing self-care throughout the holiday season is your solution to remaining on the path of recovery.

Eating Disorder Recovery: Coming Out of Exile

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 18, 2016

One of the first bricks you need to remove is the one that hides the truth about your relationship with food from those who truly love you. They need to see what this has been doing to you.

What Does Forgiveness Mean to You?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 26, 2016

Of all the ways we can respond to each other, you can choose love, mercy, and forgiveness. These will first enrich your life, then bless the lives of others.

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