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Managing Co-Occurring Disorders

One of the most difficult parts of any recovery journey is processing multiple disorders. It is not uncommon to discover that the addictive behavior we are trying to remedy is only a piece of a more complex riddle. Co-occurring disorders happen when a substance use disorder (SUD) coincides with an often underlying mental illness. TheseRead More

Is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Right for Me?

Everyone experiences addiction in their own way, and they have their own unique needs when it comes to treatment. An intensive outpatient program, or IOP, is a hybrid treatment program that allows you to continue with outside daily life while receiving the help you need to find lasting sobriety. What Is IOP? IOP is aRead More

How Can I Calm an Overactive Nervous System?

The nervous system is the main regulator of how our body communicates with the outside world. It informs us, protects us, and even plays a central role in our overall well-being. When a person experiences trauma, this can deregulate the nervous system and have devastating effects. In order to re-regulate it, you can explore differentRead More

Alcohol Abuse Does Not Make You More Charming

As a result of problematic mainstream media, there are popular misconceptions regarding alcohol use and its effects. Despite the glorification of alcohol use in movies, TV shows, music lyrics, and literature, alcohol use does not make you more charming. Likewise, alcohol use does not make you more interesting or more fun to be around. Unfortunately,Read More

Why Trauma Therapy Is a Key Aspect of Addiction Treatment

It is well known that when we experience trauma in our lives, it can lead to maladaptive coping, leading to addiction. Focusing on trauma therapy allows us to understand the impact of our traumas. It also helps us to learn new coping mechanisms that can help us to lead healthy and sober lives. What IsRead More

How to Maintain Boundaries With Difficult People in Recovery

Every person has the desire to please others. However, maintaining boundaries in recovery is essential for you to live your best life. Although most people would agree, not everyone has boundaries. Everyone has experienced the over-sharer, over-stepper, or over-the-topper. Maybe they continue to rely on you for things that they can do themselves, or perhapsRead More

The Value of Cinema Therapy for Recovery

Addiction recovery is a very serious business. Making the decision to actively better one’s life isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Real treatment from professionals is needed to fight off the burden of substance use disorder (SUD). However, recovery doesn’t have to be made up entirely of serious work. Yes, individual therapy is aRead More

How Can Yoga Help Me Overcome Addiction?

Carrying guilt and shame from years of addiction can weigh you down like nothing else in the world. In order to begin healing, you need to form a deep connection with your mind, body, and soul. Yoga is a therapeutic practice that teaches you how to build that mind-body-soul connection. This practice can help youRead More

Why Do I Have OCD?

When you feel like you don’t have control, it can be hard to find true joy in your world. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a disorder that can make life extremely difficult due to uncontrollable urges. If you struggle with OCD, you may be wondering how you ever developed this disorder. With the right knowledgeRead More

Mindfulness in Substance Abuse Treatment

Mindfulness has become a powerful tool in many areas of life. Additionally, it can be a powerful ally in substance abuse treatment. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment. With mindfulness, an individual calmly acknowledges and accepts their feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Practicing mindfulness can help individualsRead More