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CBT Skills For Everyday Living

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a leading, evidence-based approach to the treatment of many mental illnesses. Magnitudes of research have been conducted on the efficacy of CBT. This research confirms that the skills used in the therapeutic process alleviate stress symptoms and can help sufferers face diagnoses such as depression and anxiety. Some studies have even… Read On »

Darkness Doesn’t Fall At Night

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During the daytime, it is easy to stay busy and distracted from what can sometimes be overwhelming and uncomfortable thoughts about drinking and using. When the sun is out, or if it isn’t out, during the working hours of the day, the world is alive and buzzing. We can hop onto that current and ride… Read On »

Active vs. Passive Recovery

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  Listen to stories of relapse from members of recovery fellowships and you’ll come to here a generally similar tale. At some point, individuals who relapsed stopped practicing their program of recovery. Over time, their meeting count slipped. They stopped calling their sponsor. Rather than put themselves in “the middle of the herd” and join… Read On »

What Can I Do To Support a Loved One In Treatment?

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The common suggestion for packing to attend a traditional treatment program is to pack about two weeks worth of clothing for a variety of activities. With multiple activities and outings taking place every day, clothing is used up and reused very quickly. Something as simple as a fresh set of outfits that provide more options… Read On »

Comorbidity in Older Adults

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Dr. John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP | Chief Clinical Officer He was 66 when the accident happened. A successful trial attorney, Jack was in good overall health and he loved spending most of his non-working time with his family, especially his 10-year-old grandson, Alex.  Jack had always been a social drinker but never really had… Read On »

Why Don’t People Seek Treatment?

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Life does come with real responsibilities that can make taking time for treatment a challenge. We have jobs, family, friends, social circles, and many other areas of our life which demand our time, energy, and focus. However, when we’re honest with ourselves about the toll addiction is taking on our lives, we can see clearly,… Read On »

Does Prayer Really Help Reduce Cravings?

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  Prayer and spiritual awakenings have always been integral to the 12-step approach. Step 11 is: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” Of course, other steps involving turning your… Read On »

What’s Wrong with Self-medicating?

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It’s often said that someone with unhealthy substance use patterns is self-medicating. At least half–and possibly many more–of people with substance use disorders also have a co-occurring mental health issue. These typically include anxiety disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, or autism spectrum disorders. Often, someone… Read On »

How Does Learning to Tolerate Discomfort Improve Your Recovery?

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Learning to tolerate discomfort is a skill that will frequently be useful in addiction recovery. Learning to tolerate discomfort, or “distress tolerance,” is a specific skill taught as part of dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT. DBT is a specific form of cognitive behavioral therapy developed to help people with borderline personality disorder, but which has… Read On »

Why Does Forgiveness Matter in Addiction Recovery?

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Quite a lot has been said about forgiveness in addiction recovery. This may seem to make little sense. After all, what do anger, blame, and resentment have to do with drinking too much or using other substances? A lot, actually. Often, addiction is exacerbated by something else, such as trauma, abuse, or neglect. For some… Read On »