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Managing Triggers That Can Lead to Drug Relapse

Posted on April 2nd, 2018

By Christian Castaneda, LCSW, Program Director at Promises Malibu

When you’re in addiction recovery, the whole world can become a trigger for drug relapse. If you’re addicted to alcohol and you walk past a bar where you see old friends, it may stimulate your memory of old times. If you are addicted to pornography, you might find that having access to a computer with internet can trigger your compulsion. Obviously, you want to avoid these triggers.

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Managing Celibacy in Addiction Recovery: Why Can’t I Have Sex for One Year?

Posted on March 29th, 2018

By Christian Castaneda, LCSW, Program Director at Promises Malibu

Addiction recovery is about letting go of the substances and behaviors that got you into trouble and learning new ways of coping with life. It requires being in touch with true feelings and old trauma. You also have to find new ways to deal with sex and intimacy, which is why it is recommended that single people abstain from sexual relationships for their first year of recovery.

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Inspirational Women of 2018

Posted on March 19th, 2018

The ‘Me Too’ and ‘Times Up’ movements were sparked by women speaking out about sexual assault, harassment and misconduct. The greater global message in both movements is safety and equity in the workplace and women’s empowerment.

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Mindfulness: A Healthy Alternative to Substance Abuse for Creative People

Posted on March 14th, 2018

By Kenneth England, MFT, Primary Therapist at Promises Malibu

Creative people have long been associated with lavish use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. Many talented people have been molded by the idea that drinking and drugs inspire their craft. Although scientists have long looked for a direct link between creative inspiration and drug use, they have not found one.

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Adderall vs. Vyvanse: A Comparison

Posted on January 18th, 2018

Adderall (d-amphetamine) is a central nervous system stimulant, comprised of mixed amphetamine salts (75% dextroamphetamine; 25% levoamphetamine). Amphetamines stimulate the brain by increasing the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, the neurotransmitters involved in hyperactivity and impulse control. Adderall was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996. It is used for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children ages 6 and older, as well as narcolepsy. Adderall XR (extended release) is only approved for the treatment of ADHD.

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10 Reasons Why Group Therapy Works

Posted on January 2nd, 2018

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:

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Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: How It Heals Trauma

Posted on December 29th, 2017

By Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD, LMFT, Clinical Program Director, Promises Malibu Vista

Addressing spirituality and spiritual issues in psychotherapy can be an integral part of helping clients heal from trauma and achieve post-traumatic growth. Spiritual concepts such as forgiveness, meaning-making, surrender and connectedness can help clients integrate traumatic events and move forward with new narratives and resources for coping.

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What CRISPR Gene Editing Means for Addiction

Posted on December 27th, 2017

By Sara Schapmann

There’s no “cure” for drug addiction because it’s a chronic disease and recovery is a lifelong process. But recent research suggests CRISPR gene editing (i.e. clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) could help scientists hone in on the genes behind substance use disorders. The hope is that these insights might spawn future research that could lower the chances of addictive behaviors in people who are genetically predisposed to substance abuse.

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What Is Dextromethorphan?

Posted on December 26th, 2017

If you’ve ever been asked to show your I.D. when purchasing cough medicine for yourself, you’ve likely taken dextromethorphan. Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is a drug commonly found in over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. It’s also gained a reputation for drug misuse, especially in teens and young adults.

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