Movement Therapies for Addiction

by baladmin | November 6, 2015

Traditionally, addiction has been treated with psychotherapy. Newly developed therapies called movement therapies are proving to be incredibly beneficial. Movement therapy can include dancing, yoga, tai chi, etc… this therapy model addresses both the psychological and the physiological health of a person. Physically our autonomic nervous system (ANS) remembers everything we feel, hear, see and […]

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Yoga and Addiction Recovery

by baladmin | October 14, 2015

To the blind eye it may seem that yoga is simply a bunch of stretching and napping, but if you move a little deeper you’ll see that there is more to what meets the eye. Yoga is gaining popularity in the addiction recovery community for its emotional, physical and spiritual benefits. Its combination of mindful […]

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What is Trauma Therapy?

by baladmin | September 15, 2015

Many of our clients with chemical addictions struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) Over 50% of those who struggle with PTSD self-medicate with alcohol, 30% use drugs. Somatic therapy is one of the best ways to help those suffering from PTSD. The word somatic comes from the Greek word “soma” which means living body. […]

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Social Media in Early Addiction Recovery

by baladmin | September 1, 2015

Social media is an incredible tool for self-expression and connection. However, the process of recovery often reveals a new self with different values and interests. The simple act of logging in to Facebook and seeing old photos and friends can bring up painful memories. Taking steps forward in a new way of life while messages […]

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Therapies for Addiction Recovery

by baladmin | August 6, 2015

Therapy is crucial to addiction recovery. It reveals the patterns that trigger addiction, creates space to heal, and develop alternatives to harmful behavior. The following are some of the most effective therapies for recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. Some are used simultaneously, while others are added at later stages. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Cognition […]

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How to Make Rehab a Success

by baladmin | October 16, 2014

Going to Rehab The good news is that you have decided to enter a treatment program for your addiction. The bad news — is that you have decided to enter a treatment program for addiction. This was probably not an easy decision to make and is truly a double edged sward. The fact that you […]

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Alcohol-Myths & Facts

by baladmin | August 6, 2014

Alcohol holds a special but complicated place in our society. A brightly colored Cosmopolitan is the drink of choice for the glamorous characters on Sex and the City. James Bond prefers his martini—shaken—not stirred—to unwind after taking out a villain. Weddings would not be the same without a champagne toast by the best man and […]

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Does 12 Step Recovery Work?

by baladmin | July 30, 2014

12 step recovery works when other methods of treatment fail. In fact, for the last 79 years, the 12 step recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous has been so successful that many other 12 step programs have been established. The only difference is that alcohol is exchanged for the addiction, i.e.: Cocaine Anonymous aka (CA). Now […]

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How does Psychological Trauma affect Addiction?

by baladmin | July 28, 2014

Trauma, which means “wound” in Greek, is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds a person’s ability to cope with or process the emotions as a result of that experience. A traumatic event can involve one experience or repeated traumatic events which leave a person with a sense of being overwhelmed. […]

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What To Do About Addiction Cravings

by baladmin | July 21, 2014

Drug cravings are strong memories that are linked to the effect of drugs on the brain’s neurochemistry. The definition of craving is: a powerful desire for something. Neurochemistry is the specific study of neurochemicals, including neurotransmitters and other molecules that influence the function of neurons. This field closely examines how these neurochemicals influence the network […]

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