Making the Conscious Choice to Heal

When we are ready to do the work it takes to recover, the first and most important step we must take is making the conscious choice to heal. During our struggles with addiction and mental illness, we very often weren’t mindful of our behaviors, our tendencies, and our patterns. We weren’t conscious of our actions […]

Should I Consider Professional Help?

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When living with addiction, we’ve come to know the ins and out of our addictions, our patterns and cycles, and we can get so familiar in our comfort zones, even in the discomfort of our addictions, that we […]

Art Therapy and Healing

Art therapy, along with Experiential Therapy and Recreational Therapy, provides an alternative to traditional talk-therapy and uses creative expression to help patients heal from deeply rooted mental and emotional pain. Talk-therapy, or psychotherapy, can be difficult for some patients, especially those who have a hard time expressing themselves verbally. Many of us who have suffered […]

The Benefits of Experiential Therapy

Many treatment centers are now including Experiential Therapy (ET) in their addiction recovery programs, and there are many benefits to this particular kind of therapy. What exactly is ET, and how can it help us? ET, which is sometimes referred to as Occupational Therapy or Recreational Therapy, refers to various kinds of therapy and therapeutic […]

Do I Need Help for a Gambling Addiction?

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.” Many people enjoy playing slot machines at the casino, buying lottery tickets, and betting on their favorite […]

What You Can Expect in Treatment

Admitting you have a problem with drugs or alcohol is a huge step in recovery. It can be scary to ask for help for a substance use disorder or addiction. Knowing what to expect in treatment before you go can prevent additional stress and anxiety. Recovery is hard work and a life-long process. Each facility […]

Can The Family Heal After A Loved One’s Addiction?

A family needs a lot of time to heal after a loved one’s addiction. Addiction is a chronic brain disease that affects all aspects of a person’s life. Addiction leads to financial problems, physical and mental health issues, job loss, and broken relationships. Regaining trust and rebuilding relationships with family will take some time. If […]

Does Medication Assisted Detox Help Manage Withdrawals?

When a person who is battling addiction stops using drugs or alcohol, he or she can experience agonizing withdrawals. Withdrawal symptoms can be so painful and uncomfortable that the individual uses drugs or alcohol just to get relief. Before a person enters treatment, all toxic substances must be removed from their body. At intake, medical […]

Repairing Relationships After Addiction

Addiction damages relationships with your loved ones. Repairing relationships after addiction will take time because family and friends need time to heal. When trust is broken, it can be hard to mend a relationship. Respect your loved one’s boundaries to regain their trust. Addiction hurts everyone involved. Sober loved ones might struggle to understand why […]

Journaling in Recovery

Addiction affects all aspects of a person’s life, including mental, physical, and spiritual health. Drugs and alcohol change the brain’s chemistry and lead to dependency and addiction. People often use drugs or alcohol to cope with stress and devastating circumstances. Journaling is a therapeutic tool often used in treatment and recovery to keep track of […]