Why Asking “Am I An Alcoholic” Is the Wrong Question to Ask

Those concerned about their interactions with alcohol will often ask the question, “Am I an alcoholic?” They could be trying to figure out if they need help. They want to know that they are okay and feel better about how often or how they drink. However, this is entirely the wrong question to ask when […]

“Letting Go” Doesn’t Mean Forgetting

The mental health and addiction recovery fields are, by nature, filled with stresses and extreme situations. Each patient brings a unique story, and rarely do they make an appointment to share only good news. Recovery involves confronting adversity at every step. As a result, this process often requires us to address people at the lowest […]

Contextualizing Recovery – Looking Back to Look Forward

Understanding addiction and how it has affected each individual person can be a difficult task. Addiction isn’t something that anyone sets out to develop and many develop without the person realizing that it is happening at first. When someone realizes that there may be a problem with drugs, alcohol, or any other substance, they will […]

Winter Solstice And Holiday Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

A chill in the air, shorter daylight hours, and time spent with family are all staples of the winter season. As you watch leaves fall from trees, unpack sweaters, and put on your favorite pair of boots, you can feel the obvious shift from fall to winter. With winter comes the holidays. There’s something about […]

Substance Addiction Treatment and the Eight Intelligences

Intellectual functioning and IQ tests compare people’s performance with others in their age group who take the same test. However, IQ tests don’t allow for diverse types of intelligence. Without understanding how a person processes their interactions with others, discovering forms of substance addiction is nearly impossible. Everyone brings something different to their relationships with […]

Discussing the Delta Variant With Clients in Substance Use Treatment

Controversy surrounding vaccines, masks, and Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to invade people’s lives. New variants have led counties, states, and the federal government to consider reversing their business occupancy and mask regulations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises those who have the vaccine against COVID to return to wearing a mask. The ever-changing […]

Pink Clouds: Life After Addiction Treatment

Life can seem limitless when you come out of detox or addiction treatment. You feel hopeful, sound, and ready to take on the world. You are pink clouding. What is Pink Cloud Syndrome? When you leave detox or substance addiction therapy, you can feel energized, look forward to life post-substances, and think your optimism is […]

Beginning to Help Someone Break Through Self-Imposed Misconceptions

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“Letting Go” Doesn’t Mean Forgetting

[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]The mental health and addiction recovery fields are, by nature, filled with stresses and extreme situations. Each patient brings a unique story, and rarely do they make an appointment to share only good news. Recovery involves confronting adversity at […]

Therapy Is Personal First

[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]There are any number of reasons why someone may seek the aid of a professional in order to address addiction or a mental health disorder. While someone may attend recovery sessions at the behest of a family member or […]