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Larry Smith

The Truth About Denial

Monday, April 7, 2014,
Author: Larry Smith
Categories: Recovery
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I will break my lifelong pattern of secrecy and silence. I will blow the whistle on denial.

The denial network in many individuals and families is intricate and far-reaching. People in their desperation to put forth the best possible face to the outside world often will covertly cover up painful realities. These realities can include addiction, sexual problems, lack of true intimacy and, in some cases, out and out contempt for one another.

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Empowerment through Vulnerability

Tuesday, February 4, 2014,
Author: Larry Smith
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The cursory interpretations of the words empowerment and vulnerability imply opposite connotations. It is easy to associate vulnerability with being fragile, weak, or susceptible to emotional pain – which indeed it is. Nevertheless, taking the risk to expose one’s vulnerability opens the door to personal growth. Embracing one’s authentic self to include our weaknesses creates a sense of acceptance, while at the same time opens truthful communications with others. People are attracted to the combination of authenticity and humor. Once someone recognizes these traits in another individual, they usually respond by displaying the same level of vulnerability.

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Get Real Recovery Gets Personal

Thursday, December 19, 2013,
Author: Larry Smith
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There is a term, “treatment-savvy”. It refers to the experience gained by people who have been through multiple treatment programs and, therefore, know the answers to all the questions, are familiar with every treatment technique, and can sail through any protocol you throw their way – in short, they ace treatment. Interestingly, they also seem to keep coming back to treatment. Why is this?

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Don't Worry, Be Happy

Friday, December 6, 2013,
Author: Larry Smith
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Definition of Happiness: State of wellbeing characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

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Deeper into Affirmations

Monday, November 11, 2013,
Author: Larry Smith
Categories: Spirituality
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Reclaiming the Hijacked Brain: Part II

Friday, November 1, 2013,
Author: Larry Smith
Categories: Neuroscience
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The hijacking takes place as millions of neurons, with tens of thousands of synoptic connections, fire simultaneously, releasing high volumes of dopamine and other neurotransmitters.

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Reclaiming the Hijacked Brain

Friday, November 1, 2013,
Author: Larry Smith
Categories: Neuroscience
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The first area that drugs affect is the Ventral tegmental area (VTA). This is a small, primitive area located in the bottom of the mid-brain (the reward center).

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