Combining Medications for Opioid Use Disorder and Therapy

Counseling therapy is an essential part of opioid addiction treatment. But are you aware of how important medications for opioid use disorder are? Many people don’t realize that the FDA has approved three medications to manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of overdose. Read on to take a closer look at the importance of …

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The Importance of Peer Support Groups

Addiction can be an isolating condition. It harms a person’s emotional state and relationships. That’s why creating connections is so important in addiction recovery. Treatment programs encourage the fellowship you find in peer support groups during treatment and after it’s complete. We’ll review why peer support matters and how treatment makes it a priority.   …

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Common Pitfalls in Recovery and How to Avoid Them

Recovery is a life-long journey. Anyone who has embraced lifelong sobriety will tell you that there are times where the road gets particularly rocky. Though you may go through periods of your life when you feel clear-headed and ready to take on the world, sometimes events in life can trigger temptations to return to drinking …

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Motivational Interviewing and Addiction

As addiction progresses, your substance of choice becomes the biggest priority in your life, which can cause you to neglect your responsibilities and stop pursuing your goals. The major changes to your brain chemistry can also impair your judgment and change your mood. During treatment, motivational interviewing and addiction therapy can help you learn the …

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Benefits of Group Therapy

Substance abuse disorders, alcoholism, and addiction affect 1 out of every 7 Americans in their lifetime. Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease that doesn’t discriminate. That means anyone, regardless of age, race, and background, can develop a substance abuse disorder. While there is no cure for addiction, treatment can allow you to learn how …

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Equine Therapy: Healing Horses

Equine therapy is known primarily for its success in helping people with physical and mental disabilities. But new programs are demonstrating that equine-assisted forms of therapy can also strengthen those recovering from trauma, mental illness, and addiction. The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) has pioneered equine therapy efforts since 1969. As of …

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What is Rehab Like?

Addiction is a deadly disease, as fatal overdoses have quickly become the number one cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. Since addiction is a progressive condition, symptoms continue to become more disabling, the longer you put off treatment. When you are ready to find help for a substance abuse disorder or …

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Types of Holistic Therapy

When seeking help for substance abuse, you may have encountered an approach called holistic medicine or holistic therapies. If so, you may have been wondering what holistic therapy is and what the types of holistic therapy are. If so, read below for more information about this creative approach to substance abuse.  What is Holistic Therapy? …

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10 Reasons Why Group Therapy Works

By Karen Williams, MS, LAC Intensive Outpatient Program Clinical Manager at Promises Scottsdale Group therapy works because it creates connection and reduces toxic shame through open, honest communication. Many aspects of the group dynamic contribute to the reasons why group therapy works. Here are 10 of them: 1. Hearing Your Story The first time people …

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3 Brain and Body Based Therapies That Can Help Heal Preverbal Trauma

By Natalia Balsundaram, Trauma Therapist, Promises, Young Adult Program Lily was so excited about becoming a mother. She lovingly collected baby items and built a nursery for her first child. She couldn’t wait to meet him. In her sixth month of pregnancy, she discovered her husband was gambling — heavily.  He told her it was …

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