Recovery

What to do when your spouse needs addiction treatment

Spouse Addiction

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

When someone needs treatment, their spouse usually knows it. They’ve done the research, observed the behavior, given the ultimatums. They’ve noticed the person they fell in love with no longer acts the way he or she used to, no longer does the things he or she once enjoyed. They’re missing work and family commitments, stealing … Continued


Eagala and Addiction

Addiction

Monday, February 26, 2018

by Kelsey Kirkwood (MA, LADC) and Lynn Moore (MA, LADC), Acres for Life Therapy and Wellness Center (Minnesota) One of the first things counselors are taught in school is the value of individualized treatment planning. Taking into consideration evidenced-based practices and approaches, as well as customizing a plan specific to the individual being treated, is … Continued


What Happens to Your Smartphone During Treatment?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

A common misconception about entering addiction treatment is that your smartphone will be taken away immediately. This makes sense on its surface, since smartphones are many people’s first and most immediate connection to “the outside world,” that place where the addiction started. Smartphones also happen to be pretty “addictive” in and of themselves, pulling the … Continued


Horse Power

Equine therapy

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The world can be divided into two kinds of people: horse people and non-horse people. The funny thing is, all horses are people horses. Also referred to as horse therapy or equine-assisted psychotherapy, equine therapy consists of direct interactions between people and horses. It is an evidence-based therapy that has shown efficacy in patients with depression, … Continued


The Power of Gratitude

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gratitude is one of the most important qualities for happiness, acting as a gateway to a healthier emotional view of yourself and the world. People in recovery often struggle to practice gratitude, partly because it works entirely different muscles in the brain than active addiction. Like addiction, though, gratitude can be self-perpetuating. The regular practice … Continued


When ED and Substance Abuse Co-Occur

Eating Disorder Treatment

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Many people with ED—eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia nervosa, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), binge eating disorder—show a tendency toward substance abuse disorders, requiring a special level of diagnosis and treatment. In the groundbreaking 2003 study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, Food For Thought: Substance Abuse … Continued


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