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5 Areas You Can Work on Today to Improve Your Relationship

Do you have a good relationship? What if I told you there are steps you can take to make it great? Consider this scenario: You are sipping a latte across from your partner. She turns to you and says, “For starters, let’s end things. Seriously, it’s not you, it’s me”. She looks at you from…

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The Dark Side of the Holidays and Drinking

Every year, I notice a consistent trend in my practice. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, a significant number of my clients either quit, no-show sessions, or chronically cancel appointments. New client inquiries plummet. Most therapists experience a “Summer Slow-Down” when their clients go on vacation. As a substance abuse counselor, I experience a “Holiday…

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5 Strategies to Beat Procrastination

I am a gamer. I have been playing video games since I was a kid, starting with Atari way back in the day, evolving into a PS4 and PC fiend. Now, before you tune out altogether, this is not a post about video game. This is a look at the games that we play with…

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3 Essential Steps to Heal Complex Grief

While there are many things we can do to prepare for the death of someone we love, it’s impossible to prepare for complex grief.  For my family, the loss of our mother was complex.  When she was diagnosed with lung cancer, we faced the reality of loss. We knew that even the best treatment would…

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How Much Should Women Drink Per Week?

Brit + Co interviewed Sarah Suzuki on moderate drinking guidelines (Check out the full interview here.): “The problem with this restrictive guideline is that a lot of women might think, That’s not for me. I guess I’ll take the chance.’ It doesn’t offer flexibility for harm reduction,” Suzuki says. “There’s a big difference in health…

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How to Achieve Radical Control

Watch Chicago Compass Counseling owner Sarah Suzuki talk about the meaning of Radical Control and how she learned to face her fear of failure. From Live for Yourself: Facing Your Fears 2/19/18 #lfyevents #liveforyourself

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7 Key Questions to Ask Yourself about Your Drug and Alcohol Use

Are you worried that your use of drugs or alcohol has become problematic? If so, you’re not alone. Most people who worry about their use of drugs and alcohol struggle to find an objective measurement to help them understand whether or not they have a problem. At what point should you consider reaching out for…

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5 Reasons You Drink Every Night

Drinking every night is just something you do. Sure, you’re not DEPENDENT on alcohol. But the thought of taking a night off of drinking feels… uncomfortable. Every day, after work, you pour yourself a drink. Maybe it’s a beer after you put the kids to bed. It’s become part of the Bedtime Routine: Feed the…

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10 Strategies to Instantly Control Your Drinking

Drinking can be fun, pleasurable, and productive. When you go out for drinks with co-workers and clients, you can build a social bond that can help get you score a promotion. You can split a bottle of wine with your significant other over a nice dinner, kill a case of beer with your best friends…

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