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Myth-”You Have to Hit Bottom to Be Ready for Recovery”


We’ve all heard it stated, as if it were true, that a person “has to hit bottom” before they are really ready to recover from addiction? Strong evidence shows that “reaching people early, when their problems are less severe and more treatable, leads to better outcomes.  Since 1996, the American Society of Addiction Medicine has recommended starting with the least intensive treatment that is safe.” http://huff.to/1v0G79W

Starting Oct. 15 I will be offering evidence-based support for relapse prevention. There are new effective ways to gain freedom from dependence way before you hit bottom! The program will be individualized to your needs, with 4 different packages with personal one-on-one sessions and coaching calls or group intensives with ongoing support. More information will be posted in the next couple of weeks. Give me a call if you are interested in reserving a space.   951-268-4280.

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Life beyond/with Cancer Meetup Starting

Life Beyond Cancer

Cutting edge mind/body tools, resources and support

Thursdays at 6:30, Starting June 7

Nourished Health Center, 1740 Marion St.    Denver CO   80218

Research shows that survivors of serious illnesses usually demonstrate these three elements-

1. They have a sense of Purpose.

2. They are connected with People.

3. They feel that they have Power in their lives.

Our group will create connections, while we learn new tools to empower ourselves. We will look at our lives to discover and rekindle passion and purpose and find relief from the burnout from illness, stress and treatments.

When you fully regain your sense of purpose, people, and power, you will look at your diagnosis of cancer as a turning point. It can actually be an enlivening experience with greater freedom and awareness.

We will draw upon cutting edge resources and the following books-

Anatomy of an Illness: as Perceived by the Patient, by Norman Cousins

Anti-Cancer: a New Way of Life, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD

Cancer as a Turning Point, by Lawrence LeShan, PhD

Guided Imagery for Self-Healing, Martin Rossman, MD

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Shame is at the Core!

This powerful TED presentation by Brené Brown on the effects of shame in our lives is well worth watching. The experience of shame is at the foundation of most of the negative reactions and behavior we see in others and wish we didn’t see in ourselves.

Brene Brown: Listening to Shame

Having Trouble Sleeping? Don’t Take Pills!

In a recent study, which “compared 10,529 people who received prescriptions for sleep aids with nearly twice as many people with similar health histories who did not take sleeping pills, researchers found that those who had prescriptions were more than four times as likely to have died during the study’s 2.5-year follow-up as those who didn’t take the drugs.” Not only that, but they group had a 35% increased risk of cancer.

I always offer my clients sessions to help them have restorative night-long sleep, but for myself, I have a CD ready. Once in a while I find myself awake at 2 or 3 in the morning, sometimes with worries or a to-do list, but most often with lots of ideas. I like to have a notebook and pen to jot them down while they are fresh on my mind, but after they are down and safe (you know how all those ideas fade when you wake up and start your day!), I love being able to just push a button for a voice that gently guides me back down to a very restful state.

It’s so fun to awaken rested and with some notations to follow up on. Many significant inventions have come to people during the dreamstate, but it’s also when our bodies and minds rejuvenate and experience deep healing.

Find something that soothes you and supports your sleep. There are many non-pill resources on the internet for insomnia and relaxation.

Not only will you enjoy your night more, but your mental clarity and health will benefit!

Sleeping Pills Linked with Early Death | Healthland | TIME.com.

Americans are in More Pain

The Associated Press reports that Americans are in more pain than ever, probably due to the aging of the population, so pain killers are selling like crazy.  The use of oxycodone, found in OxyContin and Percocet has increased 16 times in some areas.

According to Gregory Bunt, medical director at the Daytop Village treatment clinics in New York, as we are getting older, more of us are really experiencing  pain. “Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.”

Some new formulations that are ready for release will have 10 times more  hydrocodone as that found in Vicodin. Some of the increase use is due to many addicts switching to prescription meds for the great sense of well-being, but physicians are much more willing to alleviate pain for their patients than in the past. They definitely increase a suffer’s quality of life, so it’s very easy to develop a dependency quite innocently.

Fortunately, many individuals learn to use their own minds to block the pathway carrying pain messages from the site of injury to the brain, and even affect their brain chemistry, releasing endorphins and serotonin. This is one aspect of my hypnotherapy practice that is especially rewarding.

See also  Pain Relief in Your Own Mind.

Deleting for New Year’s

Don’t know about you, but I found it a little disheartening to realize that 9 out of 10 Merry Christmas and New Year’s greetings in my emailbox were from people marketing their services or products rather than my true friends. It helped me also realize how much I wanted to unsubscribe from most of the newsletters I’ve been getting, spiritual or wellness oriented or not.  I need to spend much less time in 2012 sorting through email and I bet most of my contacts do too.  So, my #1 and #2 New Year’s resolutions for 2012, starting NOW are–

#1  Unsubscribe to almost all email newsletters.

#2  Resolve not to send others marketing messages disguised as friendly holiday greetings.

Care to join me in this? If so, pass it on! Let’s unclog our email boxes and start doing vs. reading in 2012!

Combination of Hypnosis and Local Anesthesia Provides Benefits

A recent presentation at the European Anaesthesiology Congress, in Amsterdam, showed significant benefits of combining hypnosis with a local anesthetic.  “We can reduce the costs involved in longer hospital stays, remove the need for patients to use opioid drugs, and increase their overall comfort and satisfaction levels.”

The conclusion was based on a studies using the combination for both breast cancer and thyroid surgeries, but presenters suggested that it would be just as beneficial for a “wide range of additional procedures, including carotid artery surgery, knee arthroscopy, gynecological surgery, plastic surgery and egg retrieval for fertility treatment.”

For more information on the use of hypnosis in medical treatment, go to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Nourishing Recovery-A Holistic Approach

Katie Bauer, of Nourished Health Wellness, is a gifted, knowledgeable nutritionist, herbalist, and Healthy Chef. We are co-presenting an introductory workshop for healthy recovery from the effects of alcohol in the Denver area on May 14. Have you recently quit drinking and realize that life is still challenging? Unfortunately, true recovery isn’t just about not drinking. You may be experiencing some brain fog, anxiety, confusing emotions, difficulty sleeping, strong cravings, GI distress, challenges in relationships. . . .   You need support!

Come to an introductory workshop, on Saturday, May 14, 2-4 pm,

to get tips on dealing with these issues and more. You will also experience a session of hypnosis that will help you to release negativity and judgment, moving on to visualizing yourself living a vibrant, energetic new lifestyle. The $12 registration includes handouts, presentations, a group hypnosis session, cooking demo and a snack. A 6-week support group will follow, offering more in-depth information, starting 6/13, 6:30-8PM. ($12 per session, one session free if paid in advance-$48).

Cornerstone Bookstore 3601 S Sherman Street, Englewood  80113

Presenters-Katie Bauer, MA, CNE, CH, Nourished Health Wellness

Victoria Bresee, MA, MAR, CHt, CBNC, Technologies of the Self

To register or for more information, contact Victoria at-720-202-3078 or email-Victoria@technologiesoftheself.org.

Finally, a Bridge between Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis!

New research by  Francois Ansermet, a psychoanalyst, and Pierre Magistretti, a neuroscientist, shows how, rather than polar opposites, both fields are describing the same dynamics in the personality, behaviors, and motivation.

“The physical traces revealed in neuroplasticity correspond to a central tenet of psychoanalysis that life leaves its traces on the psyche as well.”

A common desire for my hypnosis clients is to be able to break through their subconscious resistance to change or a deep seated fear and anxiety. They are aware that something keeps holding them back, but aren’t sure what it is.

With the relatively new perspective of neuroplasticity, the knowledge that the “ever-changing brain is continually shaped by experience, . . . it means that we all have the capacity to change dysfunctional or unhealthy patterns.”

The Swiss researchers’ model suggests that therapy actually “resculpts” old patterns of thinking and reacting into healthier ways of being.

Psychiatrist Phillip Luloff stated that-

“It talks to the hope that one has that there can be change, that the brain is flexible and plastic. And that by the induction of just talk [analysis] they seem to be able show that there is a modification in the structure of the brain, which causes an evolution in perhaps the way the person functions and may lead to the healing in the troubled people with whom we work, including ourselves.”

Research into mind and brain could help patients with psychological disorders.

Visualization and Vibration: THE ENERGY CHAKRAS

Saturday, April 30, 2-4:30 pm

People House 3035 West 25th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

Discover the power of healing through sound and color.

The chakras are the energy centers of our bodies.  They function as our spiritual respiration system and play a vital role in our emotional and physical health.  Each chakra is associated with a particular tone, color, organ, emotion, and spiritual lesson.

Enjoy the sensation as each of the major chakras open and activate more fully, through the experience of the vibrations and pure sounds of crystal healing bowls, vocal toning, movement, and color visualization.

Regain a sense of peace and spiritual connection through this one-of-a-kind experience.  2.5 hours of healing and transformation.

Facilitator:   Victoria Bresee, MA, MAR, CHt, CBN has a Master’s of Religion from Iliff School of Theology. She also holds certificates in Brain Nutrition Counseling, from the Brain Optimization Institute, and in Hypnotherapy, from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute.

Pre-registration required.     $20

Call 720-515-8411 or victoria@technologiesoftheself.org