News

Imprisoned by Addiction, Freed by Recovery

Posted on September 8th, 2016

Becky R. believes in miracles.

How else can she explain the change in her life from two years ago when she heard a judge say these words after her arrest for selling ecstasy to an undercover agent: “You will spend a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 45 in the Illinois Department of Corrections.”

Read More

Dentists Are Rallying to Combat Opioid Abuse

Posted on July 9th, 2018

The American Dental Association (ADA) has entered the ring in the fight against opioid abuse. Recent mandates outlined in a new ADA policy urge dentists to limit, if not discontinue opioid prescriptions for dental pain and educate themselves on opioid abuse and the use of alternative pain medications.

Read More

4 Powerful Rituals to Help Heal Trauma and Loss

Posted on July 6th, 2018

By Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD, LMFT, Executive Director of Promises Malibu Vista

The clients we serve suffer from significant mental illness, many times with a co-occurring addiction, and most have experienced profound trauma in their lives. They’ve spent much of their lives struggling with pain that has compromised their functioning and taken away hope. The healing process is aided by finding some kind of meaning or purpose in life, or being able to connect to something bigger than them.

Read More

The Connection Between Volunteering and Recovery

Posted on June 25th, 2018

Volunteerism is an integral part of drug rehab and 12-step groups like AA because there are many benefits of volunteering. Helping others is a way that people can also help themselves. Effects of volunteering include giving people a sense of meaning and purpose. Research has shown that the benefits of volunteer work can be a motivating factor in staying sober.

Read More

Obsessed With Death? Take Comfort.

Posted on June 22nd, 2018

People think about death differently. Some are so terrified of it they develop thanatophobia (death anxiety). Others experience debilitating grief over a loved one’s passing and become clinically depressed. Still, others find peace and happiness as death approaches.

Read More

Four Ways to Move Beyond the Things That Hold You Back

Posted on June 18th, 2018

By Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD, LMFT, Executive Director of Promises Malibu Vista

Many people with mental illness or addiction feel trapped in their lives. They repeat the same behaviors, think the same thoughts and experience the same pain every day. Sometimes this goes on for years. Several patterns cause people to lose hope and turn to maladaptive coping skills such as substance abuse or behavioral addictions (like sex, gambling or overeating) or self-harm.

Read More

Why a Spiritual Approach to Addiction Recovery?

Posted on June 18th, 2018

By Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD, LMFT, Executive Director at Promises Malibu & Malibu Vista

For many people, spirituality is a loaded term. It’s a word that is often closely tied to religion, dogma and doctrines. Some people find the word intimidating. However, when it comes to addiction recovery and mental health treatment, one of the most important aspects of healing is integrating a spiritual element or addressing spirituality in a way that allows people to connect to something bigger than them.

Read More

Are You Hiding Behind Your Weekend Drinking Problem?

So maybe you overdo it from time to time — okay, a lot of the time, but you only drink on the weekends and an occasional weekday, so it’s no problem, right? Just because you don’t drink everyday doesn’t mean you’re safe from alcohol dependence and addiction. In fact, if you’re over the recommendations for moderate drinking — no more than seven drinks a week for women and 14 drinks a week for men — you’ve crossed the line into heavy drinking or binge drinking. Of the 136 million Americans who use alcohol, more than 47% are binge drinkers according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Are you one of them? Here’s some warning signs.

Read More

Finding the Courage to Recover From Addiction

Posted on June 6th, 2018

Anthony decided from a young age that he was going to stay away from substances. With a family history of alcoholism and drug addiction, he wanted to be the “good kid.” He steered clear of experimentation all the way through high school. However, in college he began hanging out with friends who enjoyed going to house parties and binge drinking. One day, Anthony decided to “try it and see what the hype was about.”

Read More

Taking Time Off Work for Drug Rehab

Posted on June 6th, 2018

Nicole drank until she blacked out every night, but managed to drag herself out of bed each morning and go to work. Because she continued to work and pay her bills, she spent years denying that she had a drinking problem.

Read More

Contact Promises Today for a Confidential Assessment.
Call 844-876-5568 or fill out the form below.