Compassion and self-compassion are the new trend in psychotherapy, and help with healing, and a better way of living. It is said that mindfulness has two major benefits: the ability to be more compassionate to oneself and others, and added wisdom (Germer & Siegel, 2012). The process of healing that leads to compassion takes time and can be affirmed when one is able to let go of anger, resentments, blaming, criticism, judgments, and impatient behaviors. This allows one to work on oneself while invoking the serenity prayer:
“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~Henry James
When an experience moves you so completely and deeply – like getting sober – you usually want to figure out a way to help others have the same experience. Chris Loguidice found this to be true during his journey to recovery in which he spent a lot of time volunteering to help other addicts. A long-time Malibu, Calif., resident, he decided he could help even more people if he opened a highly individualized, boutique residential treatment center.
Fortunately, if you need intensive outpatient treatment aftercare for your substance abuse addiction, you have many choices throughout the nation. Unfortunately, if you need extended-care or a transitional treatment program for behavioral and emotional health issues or dual diagnosis, your choices are practically non-existent.