‘Mistakes are the juice of life’ by Veronica Valli

UnknownI think this new blog from Veronica Valli is a great reminder.

‘When I first got sober I was under the delusion that in order to stay sober, I had to become perfect in all areas.

It got worse when I trained to be a therapist. Because I was a therapist I thought I needed to always be serene, wise and know the right thing to say. I needed to exude a calm, reassuring confident manner with everyone, not just my clients. But no matter how hard I tried, I would f**k up.

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Most visited content: Nos 16 – 20

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI thought I’d do something different over the next four days. We’re going to look at the 20 most visited pieces of content on the website (other than from the About Us section). We’ll look at five per day.

20. ‘What is Recovery?”: David Best (blog from May 28th) We looked at some of the views of one of the leading researchers in the recovery field. I included quotes from his excellent book, Addiction Recovery: A Movement for Social Change and Personal Growth in the UK.

19.  Julie Repper and Rachel Perkins (blog from June 3rd) answered the same question, “What is Recovery?” I not only looked at how they characterised recovery, but also included quotes from people in recovery from their book Social Inclusion and Recovery: A Model for Mental Health Practice.

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‘Figuring out self-acceptance’ by Matt Kay

rsz_unknownBy popular request, another Wired In To Recovery blog by Matt Kay.

‘Self-acceptance means accepting our whole self; the talents and strengths along with the bad habits and pain. When we deny, repress or hide any aspect of ourselves it is likened to rejecting ourselves.

The very things we want most in life include being accepted, loved and acknowledged, yet we often don’t give these gifts to ourselves. We are all here to grow, learn and enjoy life, and no one is perfect. Making mistakes, experiencing pain and embarrassing ourselves are all a part of the package.

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