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Caroline McGraw

In addition to her work as "the voice of The Clearing", Caroline Garnet McGraw writes about getting past perfect and rising up real at A Wish Come Clear. Visit and receive your free Perfectionist Recovery Toolkit today!
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Why Go Through Residential Addiction Treatment With a Cohort?

If you’ve never been to residential addiction treatment before, the typical experience goes like this:

  • Every day, there’s always someone new checking in as someone else checks out;
  • Everyone is at different stages in there recovery process;
  • People are constantly coming and going;
  • There is very little continuity

Even in the better programs, there’s an ongoing sense of hustle, bustle, and disruption, a fundamental lack of stability and security. All of this wears on you emotionally.

And it impedes your addiction recovery process.

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Where Do Limiting Beliefs Come From? (Video)


If you’ve been carrying around a lot limiting beliefs since childhood, does that mean that you’re doomed to stay stuck?

What are limiting beliefs anyway, and where do they come from? 

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How to Heal Underlying Core Issues Starting Right Now (Video)

Have you ever felt that your life would be so much better if you could just wish away your addiction and all your mental and emotional health problems?

Ever wish you could wipe away all that angst, upset, and suffering?

If only your problems would just vanish without a trace, with no effort on your part … wouldn’t that be great?

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The Truth About Childhood Trauma and Addiction

It’s a familiar but frightening story: something terrible happens early on in your life, and before you know it, you find yourself doing increasingly awful things to your body. It’s the only way you know how to cope.

Sure, you know better than to drink to excess or to take that many pills. Of course you wish that you could stop. On the rational level, it’s easy to see the folly of substance abuse and addiction.

But what really caused this? What is the connection between trauma and addiction?

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Two Tools to Help You Evaluate if You're Ready for Residential Rehab

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It's Not the Drugs: Are Adverse Childhood Experiences Holding You Back? (Video)

Are drugs really the issue when it comes to addiction, or does the root cause go much deeper?

If you’re struggling with addiction, is there a need to take a look at your childhood experiences, and how they might contribute to your substance abuse in adulthood?

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Adverse Childhood Experiences FAQs

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that can lead to troublesome physical and mental health conditions later in life, including addiction. Get the FAQs.

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Do You Have Adverse Childhood Experiences? Take the Quiz

Find out if you have Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with this short, 10-question quiz.  

For each time you answer yes, give yourself one point.

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Addiction and Dysfunctional Relationships (Video)

Does the term “toxic relationships” ring uncomfortably true for you? Have you ever found yourself browsing through a library or bookstore and gravitating toward the titles about healing addiction and relationships?

If so, you’re not alone. Many people struggle to understand - much less improve - the dynamics of their most difficult relationships.

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Is a Non 12 Step Rehab Right for You? (Video)


If you’ve been struggling with an addiction for any length of time, chances are good that you’ve been told to get yourself to a 12 Steps meeting, pronto. The 12 Steps are the prevailing addiction recovery paradigm in America today, and for many people, they provide much-needed help and support.

But what if you’ve already tried a 12 Step-centered program, and it didn’t work for you?

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