Recovery

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Struggling to Stay Sober? Try Some Self-Compassion

Posted on April 30th, 2018

By Meghan Vivo

Being kind to ourselves doesn’t come naturally to some of us. It can be an unfamiliar practice for those who have grown accustomed to mistreatment as a result of trauma early in life. And while self-compassion is essential for a life of sobriety, people with addiction more often feel deserving of punishment.

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Gucci Mane: The Road to Recovery and Success

Posted on April 30th, 2018

By Sara Schapmann

Gucci Mane is riding high these days on the success of 12 studio albums, a new autobiography and the creation of his own record label. But for years the American rapper was lost in a different kind of high; one that cost him around $500 a day and contributed to a downward spiral that landed him a three-year prison sentence.

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9 Multidisciplinary Addiction Treatment Techniques

Posted on April 23rd, 2018

By Christian Castaneda, LCSW, Program Director at Promises Malibu

Addiction recovery cannot be achieved through one method alone. Research has shown that a multidisciplinary approach is essential for both healing from the ravages of addiction and maintaining sobriety. The best drug rehabs address addiction on all levels and offer support for mind, body and spirit.

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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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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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Romance in Recovery: Start With a Plant

Posted on August 15th, 2016

Active addicts and alcoholics typically don’t enjoy being told what they can or can’t do. The reason for this is simple: they’re usually being asked to do the No. 1 thing they don’t want to do: stop drinking or using. It leaves the addict with an automatic bristling when it comes to authority figures. So when an addict finally gets in recovery and is told “don’t get into a relationship in early sobriety,” it’s natural to want to fight back. After all, as long as a recovering addict isn’t using, shouldn’t they be able to do whatever they want to do?

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10 Tips to Make Exercise Fun and Jumpstart Your Recovery

Posted on July 25th, 2016

In rehab and early recovery, the last thing on your mind might be an exercise program. Yet numerous studies have shown that regular and rigorous exercise stimulates both the body and mind and helps in the overall healing process from addiction. Indeed, exercise is a key component of formal treatment programs as the goal is to heal the body, mind and spirit. Exercise becomes an integral part of the treatment process and should be regarded as a proactive way to approach recovery. Since exercise is so important, here are 10 tips to make it fun and jumpstart your recovery.

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What to Do When Your Loved One Relapses

Posted on July 5th, 2016

Relapse is often a normal part of the recovery process because of the chronic nature of addiction. About 40% to 60% of people in recovery from substance abuse will relapse at some point. Watching a loved one slip back into destructive behaviors after getting sober is a gut-wrenching experience. Anger, sadness, exasperation, disappointment, resentment, fear and helplessness are just some of the emotions you may cycle through. Your knee-jerk reaction might be to unleash all of these feelings upon your loved one. However, to get the end result you desire — helping your loved one get sober again — you may consider taking a different approach.

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