Boundary Setting and Compassion

Addiction is scary, and when it comes into your home it threatens the safety and security of everyone who lives there. The impact of addiction on the entire family can be very deep and long-lasting. You may already know that setting boundaries with the addict in your home is necessary, but you might be unclear […]

The Body in Recovery Part II: Somatic Interventions

Welcome back to our Body Talk. We began in our last post by touching on the consequences of long-term substance abuse and important body-oriented considerations in early recovery. Today, we’re going to take a look at how the body, and specifically bodily awareness, can help in the healing process and promote effective forward motion in […]

The Body in Recovery Part I

Over the course of the next 3 blog posts, we’ll be exploring the body. We’ll begin this week by touching on the consequences of long-term substance abuse and important body-oriented considerations in early recovery. In our next post, we’ll dive into somatic therapy and talk about how the body may hold the key to healing […]

Treatment Corner: What the Heck is CBT and Why You Should Care

You may have seen the letters, C, B, and T tossed around on social media by friends and acquaintances in treatment and therapy. If you’ve ever wondered what those letters mean and why you should care, read on. CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based, therapeutic approach for treating substance use disorders and other […]

The Pandemic and the Opioid Crisis

The Opioid Epidemic, the CDC (June 2021) says, can be broken into 3 waves: The first, beginning in the late 1990s when the number of prescriptions for opioid medications increased, the 2nd, beginning around 2010 when heroin deaths rose dramatically, and the 3rd and most recent wave, beginning in  2013 with a rise in overdose […]

Treatment Corner: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, DBT was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Dr. Linehan developed DBT in response to the challenges she encountered working with people who were chronically suicidal. Her primary goal was to help people develop “a life worth living.” Behavioral therapies were common in the 1970s, and […]

“Rehab”: Levels of Care Explained

When you think of addiction treatment, you might think of some classic “rehab” movies. Hollywood has profited by depicting people struggling with addiction and finding their way out.  Oldies but goodies like 2000’s 28 Days, 1994’s When and Man Loves a Woman, and 1988’s Clean and Sober all include narratives about characters going off to […]

Opening the Window of Stress Tolerance: Techniques for Self Regulation

Some folks tolerate stress and respond to the demands of life with ease. Others struggle. The Window of Tolerance describes the zone of nervous system arousal in which an individual is able to function most effectively in their lives. When they’re in the center of their window, they receive, process, and integrate information and respond […]

2 Keys to Recovery: Wakefulness and Compassionate Action

The truth is hard to deal with sometimes – especially when it’s our own. When the truth is messy, painful, or sad, it makes sense that we try to avoid it. Truth avoidance is like pushing the snooze button on the alarm clock. That blaring alarm is so loud and jarring, we just want it […]

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