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Jill Whalen, Author

Introducing Guest Speaker Jill Whalen

Mindfulness Based Educational Program Centered Recovery takes its educational curriculum very seriously. Our clients come to us because our  program is very different from other recovery centers–we pride ourselves on sharing an understanding of how the experience of life–and everything in it, from relationships to addiction–is formed. In that understanding, clients experience insights into their Read More

Jill Whalen, Author

Mindful Moments: Slow Down and Savor

Centered Recovery began a new series called “Mindful Moments”, designed to help you see the importance of being mindful as a way of life, rather than a “practice you have to do”. Mindfulness is a way of life, not one more thing to add to your already busy to-do list. “If small moments can be Read More

Jill Whalen, Author

Alcohol Consumption and Awareness

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. It is an annual observance that was started by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). It started back in 1987 and was created to “help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with Read More

Jill Whalen, Author

Mindful Meditation and Science

Sometimes there are people who are quick to dismiss meditative practices as being little more than mildly therapeutic, however, long-term practitioners personally experience much more than that. Thankfully, there are actually thousands of peer-reviewed scientific papers about the benefits of meditation and other mindfulness exercises. For their book Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Read More

Jill Whalen, Author

Understanding Holistic Recovery

Centered Recovery is proud of its mindfulness-based, strong educational program that has helped hundreds of clients understand their addiction and move past it forever. It is the cornerstone of our facility, and it is what truly sets us apart from other treatment centers. The World Health Organization says the following: We also understand the power Read More

Jill Whalen, Author

Study Shows Alternatives Just as Successful as 12 Steps

The first thing most people envisions when they think of alcohol treatment: the ubiquitous 12 steps. From movies to culture all around the world, it’s clear that the traditional 12 step model currently holds first place in popularity. But studies repeatedly show that the 12 step model of treatment leaves at least two-thirds of its Read More

Jill Whalen, Author

What is a Non-12 Step Rehab Program?

When discussing our program with others, the question often comes up, “What do you mean by a non-12 step program?” In order to answer this, sometimes it is easier to say what we are not, because we are many things to many individuals. First of all, we are not anti-12 step. Although we point out Read More

Jill Whalen, Author

Mindful Moments

Life gets busy, so who has time for the “self care” we keep hearing we should schedule?  We’ve heard how daily mediation could be the key to peace and clarity, how consistent yoga classes could benefit our bodies and minds, and how journalling could unclog the drain of clogged emotions. But for those of us Read More

Jill Whalen, Author

Be Where Your Feet Are

Look down. Where are your feet? Chances are, they’re just below your ankles, as they should be. Whether they’re in the air, propped up on your desk, or on the ground, your feet are always in the now. They aren’t walking in the past, or running in the future. They’re here, now. (Unless you own Read More