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Triggers

“Often, little situations trigger enormous reactions.” – Eckhart Tolle After years of substance abuse, one of the important keys to gaining and maintaining sobriety—especially when one is in early recovery, i.e., at a rehab treatment center or in a professionals health program (e.g., a doctors recovery program)—is how to identify, avoid and properly manage relapse…

Teens Suffering from Psychosis Due to Marijuana Use

The United States is steadily accepting marijuana as a legal recreational drug, but is it the right choice when it comes to vulnerable teens? Marijuana-related psychosis is slowly creeping into emergency rooms and addiction treatment centers. Patients suffering from THC related psychosis are getting younger and younger, too. Older teens are entering alcohol and drug…

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Common Mental Health Disorders

Mental health disorders include a wide range of conditions that affect cognitive function, moods, thought patterns, and, ultimately, behavior. There are a wide range of common mental health disorders including anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), borderline personality disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Common Mental Health Disorders Recognizing common mental health disorders…

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Some Reflections about How Addiction Treatment (Drug or Alcohol Rehab) Differs from 12 Step Recovery – PART TWO

“We need discernment in what we see and what we hear and what we believe.” – Charles R. Swindoll, Pastor and Founder of Insight for Living [Note to Reader: Twenty-two years ago, I was “guided” to go straight from jail to a 12 Step meeting in Tampa, Florida. In AA, I learned that over half…

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In a Treatment Program During the Holidays? Four Helpful Tips to Empower Your Recovery in the New Year

“God helps those who help themselves.” – Algernon Sidney   At a recent recovery meeting I attended, the topic of “tips that have helped you get and stay clean/sober” arose. And since we’re in the midst of the holidays with a New Year approaching, I thought it would be a perfect time—especially for those currently…

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“Having the Willingness”: An Essential Ingredient for Success in (and out of) Rehab

In early recovery, it can be somewhat challenging to grasp, let alone “get on board” with, the importance of “having the willingness,” a phrase often repeated or emphasized in alcohol and drug treatment centers and 12 Step programs. So, what does “having the willingness” mean in the context of addiction treatment? It would probably be…