Treating Addiction with Hypnotherapy

by Barry Wolfson

Hypnosis allows us to access the brain at the subconscious level, to get to the root of one’s thoughts and behaviors–whether good or bad, addictive habits. When people are in the “alpha” state of mind, they are more open to suggestion and changing the way they think.
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Transformation Yoga Project Uses Yoga to Heal Addiction and Trauma

by Michelle Bense

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Michael Huggins

Since his firsthand experiences in stressful and traumatic situations like prison, Michael Huggins, RYT, learned that yoga can work wonders. His nonprofit, Transformation Yoga Project (TYP), now offers yoga classes in prisons and detention centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, as well as to veterans and other unique groups.
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The Yin and Yang of Addiction

Breaking the Cycle with Acupuncture and Lifestyle

by Grace Rollins and Paolo Propato

yin and yang of addictionOvereating, sugar, coffee, smartphone checking, YouTube binging, over-exercising. It may not be news that drugs, sex and gambling aren’t the only addictions out there.

Many people have behaviors they feel a compulsion toward on a regular basis, even though it negatively impacts their health, quality of life, finances or relationships. What gets in the way of acting in our own best interests? And what makes some people more vulnerable to addiction?
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Curing Sugar Addiction

by Julie Ann Allender

sugar addictionMost people think of drugs and alcohol as addictive substances, but few think of things like workaholism or sugar addiction, two of the most prevalent addictions today.

Sugar has recently become recognized as an addictive substance. It stimulates the same part of the brain as heroin or cocaine and can impact the body in harmful ways. It can weaken the immune system and is directly linked to diabetes, cancer, allergies, asthma, acne, tooth decay and other ailments.
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Anti-Aging Medicine

Dr. Monica Gavin and Pharmacist Mario Sellecchia

by Julianne Hale and Michelle Bense

After a firsthand experience with the symptoms of menopause, Monica Gavin, M.D., developed an interest in anti-aging medicine. “I had every symptom possible—lack of sleep, mood swings, increased abdominal fat and decreased energy,” she explains. “I went to my gynecologist and she did not offer any solutions except progesterone.”
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Teacher Training in September at Moondog Yoga

moondog yoga logoThe Himalayan Institute (HI) is partnering with Moondog Yoga Studio, in Quakertown, to offer a comprehensive and in-depth teacher training program, beginning at 6 p.m., September 25. Moondog teachers and HI faculty will deepen participants’ understanding of the yoga tradition, expand personal yoga practice and help them discover their full potential as a yoga teacher.
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Women’s Self-Defense Seminar Presented by Safe Day Studio

Mike Andrus with actress and participant Sifu Patricia Lee Chu

Mike Andrus with actress and participant Sifu Patricia Lee Chu

Mike Andrus, founder and master instructor of Safe Day Studio, will present a women’s self-defense seminar to prepare women to protect and defend themselves and others, from 6 to 9 p.m., July 21, at the Warwick Township building, in Jamison.
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Author of The Spirituality of Success Comes to Doylestown

The Business Book Club will host Vincent M. Roazzi, author of The Spirituality of Success: Getting Rich with Integrity, to discuss his book at its meeting at noon, June 25, at Central Bucks Chamber headquarters, in Doylestown.
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Sixth Annual Solstice Expo and Holistic Fair

solstice expoThe Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment and Nova Finishing Systems invite participants to tune up their body, mind and spirit and experience the love of higher consciousness at the Sixth Annual Solstice Expo and Holistic Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 27, and from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 28 at the New Hope Eagle Firehouse.
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Queen of the Sun Screening at the County Theater

dtown coop movie june15As part of the Farm Fresh Film Series, the Doylestown Food Co-op, the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and community sponsors will be showing Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? from 7 to 10 p.m., June 11, at the County Theater, in Doylestown. The film is an alternative look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel, director of Real Dirt on Farmer John.
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Letter from Publisher, June 2015

It feels like a sign that my official first issue as publisher is on Healing Addiction, a subject that has touched me personally, as I expect it will have touched many of our readers in some way. Like many hard facts of life, addiction of any kind may be seen as “someone else’s problem” until it affects someone close to us.

I grew up seeing two men in my family struggle with substance addiction. One found his salvation through Alcoholics Anonymous. But the other didn’t resonate with it and suffered the demands and effects of addiction throughout his life; his continued pain profoundly reverberated in his spirit and that of those that cared about him. The experience opened my heart with compassion for anyone dealing with this complex issue.

Thankfully, additional help is now available. Lisa Marshall explores proven alternatives in our feature article, “Rethinking Recovery: Holistic Approaches to Healing Addictions,” where experts share how breakthroughs are making long-term recovery possible for more people. Effective complementary modalities include yoga, acupuncture, cognitive mindfulness practices and hypnotherapy. The goal is for everyone to be able to live a happy, healthy, addiction-free life.

Locally, we hear from Mike Huggins, founder of the Transformation Yoga Project (TYP), who began teaching yoga in prison during his own incarceration and went on to create a team of teachers offering yoga classes across the Delaware Valley to support recovery from addiction and trauma. Beyond asanas (yoga positions), participants are encouraged to look inward to find peace and equanimity, and to develop spiritual aspects of gratitude, redemption and salvation.

I first met Mike in 2010 at Street Yoga, a pioneering program that originated in Seattle to serve at-risk communities through yoga and meditation practices. It was during that weekend training, Mike recently told me, that he and his friend Colleen Devirgiliis were inspired to start TYP.

Our expanded slate of local wellness professionals underscore the fact that addiction isn’t limited to drugs and alcohol, but manifests in different ways for each of us. I gulped when my acupuncturist suggested that I cut out white starches and sugar from my diet to help reverse skin and digestion issues I was struggling with. It wasn’t until that moment that I realized it was a problem for me.

I’ve made progress—replacing sugar cubes with Stevia and white rice with quinoa. But I’m far from having it beat; when I’m stressed or overscheduled, my car cup holders are quick to fill up with empty soda cans and candy wrappers.

If we’re anything alike, there’s probably at least one thing in your life—maybe it’s your cell phone or your daily mocha latte that shouts, “You can’t do without me!” It feels like just acknowledging what those cravings are for ourselves is a step in the right direction.

Wherever you are on your journey, know that we are together on the path to discovering our healthiest, wholest selves.

Yours in authentic community,

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