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Enabling and Codependency: Influencing Relapse

Our program is committed to addressing the complex needs of individuals who find themselves caught in the cycle of relapse. Through this work, we’ve identified a critical factor that often influences the success or setback of a patient’s recovery journey: the role of family dynamics, specifically enabling and codependency.

The Chronic Relapser: Characteristics and Warning Signs

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One of the most challenging scenarios we encounter is the “chronic relapser.” These are individuals who, despite repeated attempts at recovery, find themselves caught in a cycle of relapse. Understanding the characteristics and warning signs of chronic relapsers is crucial for developing more effective strategies to support their path to sustained recovery.

Breaking the Cycle: Insights into Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction

Borderline Personality Disorder and Mental Health

When viewing Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) through the lens of chronic addiction, its implications become even more profound. Many people simply do not understand what BPD is, how it affects the individual, and why. Here, we take the time to address some common misunderstandings about the disorder and how it relates to chronic relapse.

Navigating a Path through Prescription Drug Abuse

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As COO of a treatment center, I’ve experienced the complex issue of prescription drug abuse firsthand. This crisis has influenced my career, motivating me to create effective strategies for fighting this epidemic. Here, I share valuable insights into long-term recovery and relapse prevention.

Why Highly Intelligent People with Education and Resources Struggle with Sobriety

Why Highly Intelligent People with Education and Resources Struggle with Sobriety

For many, it may seem counterintuitive: how can someone blessed with high intelligence, extensive education, and ample resources struggle with something as fundamental as sobriety? While generalizations cannot be made for everyone, Burning Tree Ranch understands that there are several factors to consider in understanding this paradoxical phenomenon. Specific Types of Addiction That Are More […]

The Myth: Licensed Professionals Are Immune to Addiction

Licensed Professionals Are Not Immune To Addiction

In today’s high-pressure professional world, the myth that licensed professionals are immune to addiction is dangerously misleading. At Burning Tree Ranch, we understand that the reality is quite different. Despite their advanced training and notable achievements, licensed professionals are just as susceptible to the pressures and stresses that contribute to alcohol and drug addiction. This […]

8 Ways Long-Term Treatment Can Help with Chronic Relapse

Long Term Treatment Can Help With Chronic Relapse

Chronic relapse is a debilitating cycle where an individual repeatedly returns to substance use after periods of abstinence, signifying addiction’s complex and enduring nature. It underscores the critical need for a more extensive, multifaceted approach to treatment that transcends short-term interventions. While short-term treatments can often provide immediate relief and temporary stability, they rarely address […]

How to Help an Addict Without Enabling


Learn more about enabling & dependency view infographic Supporting a loved one through addiction is a challenging task that demands a delicate balance of empathy and boundary-setting. While the desire to help is natural, ensuring that our assistance doesn’t inadvertently contribute to their dependence is essential. The key to genuine healing is understanding the importance […]



LMSW, LCDC | Counselor
Kristina Robertson serves as Counselor at Burning Tree Ranch. Holding both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work, Kristina’s greatest joy is “watching our clients learn to love themselves again.” An avid equestrian, mother to twenty-one horses, and all-around animal lover, Kristina serves as a bright shining example of long-term recovery in action. Her commitment to whole person health: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual makes her an invaluable member of the Burning Tree Ranch clinical team. As a distinguished Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Zeta member, Kristina believes deeply in each client’s pursuit of becoming their best selves.

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