Wendy Mullen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified
Professional Life Coach in Los Angeles, California, as well as
co-founder and director of SOAR Outpatient and Recovery located in
Malibu, California. SOAR offers a modern approach to healing from
alcohol and drug addiction integrating Mindfulness, Life Coaching and
12-Step Recovery as core life skills to develop one’s own inner wisdom
for living and awareness.
Substance abuse behavior appears to have multiple interrelated causes.
Predisposing genetic and neurobiological factors interact with family
environment dynamics and early trauma to create a personal internal
milieu that is primed and sensitized for craving and addictive
Recovery is a process of progressive growth and change. Just as children must progress through various stages of childhood and adolescence to become adults, chemically dependent people must progress through various stages of recovery in order to achieve a meaningful and fulfilling sobriety.
In aiding our patients to prevent relapse, one common area of focus is to help them recognize when they are engaging in what Terence Gorski calls: euphoric recall.