Incorporating Mindfulness Meditation into the Treatment of Substance Use Disorder

Mindfulness meditation is a practice that emphasizes deliberately being present in the moment. It encourages awareness and acknowledgment of thoughts and feelings while letting them pass by understanding their ultimate impermanence. As a therapy tool, replacing an individual’s substance abuse with healthy coping skills such as mindfulness meditation allows the client to learn to regulate […]

Principles of Trauma-Informed Substance Abuse Treatment

A trauma-informed care approach in the treatment of substance abuse considers the prevalence of trauma’s impact on an individual’s life, wellbeing, and the path to recovery. This approach helps substance abuse professionals give the highest level of care to patients who have experienced trauma or trauma-related stressors. Creating trauma-informed environments, providing services sensitive to the […]

Regular Exercise: A Powerful Countermeasure to Cravings

Although there is no stand-alone therapy or technique infallible for substance abuse treatment, many providers may find that using various strategies is most effective. In addition to psychotherapy, educational tools, and other holistic approaches, exercise can be a powerful countermeasure to cravings while promoting healthy habits conducive to long-term recovery. While addressing the mental and […]

What is “Doomscrolling” and How Does it Affect Mental Health?

Doomscrolling is a term that has become popular with the rise in accessibility to constant online media. The term describes the act of endlessly scrolling down one’s apps, such as through social media and news, producing negative feelings from overexposure to pessimistic content. A constant diet of negative information may fuel symptoms of anxiety, depression, […]

Your First Valentine’s Day in Recovery

Valentine’s Day can stir up a multitude of emotions surrounding certain expectations and pressures about love and relationships, especially for those in early recovery. Many people have experienced strain on current or past relationships from their actions before receiving treatment. Individuals may feel the need to mend these or rush into something new so they […]

Having Fun in Sobriety

Now that you are sober, the idea of occupying your newfound free time with fun activities during and after treatment may feel challenging. You may be thinking to yourself, now what? Being sober can allow you to engage in more activities you love to do that may have previously been taken up by using a […]

Stay Strong in April: Focus on Your Health

Focusing on your health and learning to stay strong while going through addiction recovery may seem overwhelming. It takes a push to set new goals and challenges to focus on your health. A person who lifts weights does not get a bodybuilding body overnight; it requires continual endurance and routine. The same goes for those […]

Gaining a Healthier Perspective During the Winter Months

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]Even with a lot of holiday cheer accompanying the winter months, many negative connotations also surround the idea of winter. Many people associate this time with coldness, stillness, lifelessness, and dark, short days. It can also be particularly challenging […]