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A Gentle Approach to Ease Anxiety and Depression

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICAMB) recently published a five minute video on how two simple and gentle actions can help with depression. The video highlights the work of Dr. Steven Hayes, PhD, founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The premise, he relates, is connecting to your values, openingRead More

Hiring People in Recovery

If you are searching for a new employee, why not consider hiring someone in recovery? Research shows, persons in recovery tend to be highly motivated and loyal employees because they need and want to stabilize their lives. Of course, he or she would have to meet the same requirements and qualifications as other applicants. InRead More

What is the Flash Technique in EMDR Therapy?

The therapeutic technique of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed in 1987 by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. It has since become a empirically proven treatment for people suffering from trauma. Before practicing EMDR, therapists must learn the technique through rigorous coursework, training and supervision. The protocols for EMDR are very specific, and results andRead More

Your Length Of Stay In Treatment

Deciding to enter residential treatment is a huge first step to your recovery. Give yourself accolades for making this life changing decision! This is a great choice, and there are many decisions to make from this point on. How long should you stay in residential treatment? There are several different types of inpatient treatment, eachRead More

You Should Continue Individual Therapy After Treatment

Substance use and dependency is often a symptom of deeper concerns. Many recovering people acknowledge that they used alcohol or drugs as a way to numb pain and cope with deep-rooted traumas. Substance abuse treatment can include detoxification services and inpatient treatment. Detox is a short stay inside of a hospital or a detox center.Read More

Why Opioid Use Follows Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Approximately 85% of people will need to have wisdom teeth extracted at some point during their lives. Dental procedures are not without risk, but young people who use opioids after the procedure may be three times more likely to fill opioid prescriptions long-term. Opioids routinely are prescribed following wisdom tooth removal. Connecting Variables A lesserRead More

The Positive Benefits of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

A variety of treatments are available to help people who struggle with serious substance abuse issues and other mental health challenges. Some treatments rely on medication, while others use non-medication based behavioral modifications. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a way of helping people process pain, trauma, and other mental health issues in a supported contextRead More

Can an App Help with Tapering Off Suboxone?

Apps are pretty much everywhere these days, whether people like it or not. Not everyone is going to be into using them, but soon enough, there may be one to help transition off of Suboxone. The new app, called ‘OffBup,’ is still in design stages, but it is meant to help people who are taperingRead More

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