Codependency in Recovery

Codependency in Recovery

Building healthy relationships and getting support from others is essential during recovery. However, people who are trying to get clean often struggle with codependent relationships. Codependency recovery programs allow people with addiction histories and their loved ones to establish balanced, constructive relationships. What Is Codependency? At first glance, codependency can look like a loving, helpful […]

5 Long-Term Effects of Benzodiazepine Abuse

5 Long-Term Effects of Benzodiazepine Abuse

Benzodiazepines are sedatives that are often prescribed for anxiety and insomnia. They’re often effective in the short term. These medications can help you relax, reduce the number of overwhelming thoughts so that you can get through the day, improve sleep issues and soothe your nerves when you feel panicky. But dependence on benzodiazepines is an […]

6 Ways Addiction Changes Your Personality

6 Ways Addiction Changes Your Personality

Addiction can affect your life in many ways. It can damage your health, your relationships, your career, and your finances. Perhaps the biggest impact is on your brain. Prolonged substance use changes your balance of neurotransmitters and can even change the structure of your brain. These changes affect your mood, your ability to think, and […]

5 Physical Symptoms of Depression 

Physical Symptoms of Depression

Depression Affects Recovery Depression is a condition where low levels of the feel-good chemical serotonin can lead to feelings of anxiety and hopelessness. Understanding the physical symptoms of depression can help you or a family member see the signs early.  While there are many manifestations of this condition, it is often a contributing factor in […]

How Weather Affects Your Mood

How Weather Affects Your Mood

Is the weather affecting your mood? Everyone is familiar with the way the weather can influence wellbeing. This can vary from person to person depending on preference and associations.  For example, one person might feel happier on sunny days because they love to go the beach, while another may enjoy the nostalgia of snow during […]

What is Emotional Sobriety and How Do You Practice It?

Emotional Sobriety

Physical sobriety means that you abstain from alcohol and drugs. While that’s essential for recovery, emotional sobriety is also important. Emotional sobriety involves being able to regulate your feelings so that you can cope with all aspects of life without returning to drugs. What Is Emotional Sobriety? Many people are confused after they complete a […]

The Importance of Honesty in Recovery

The Importance of Honesty in Recovery

You’ve probably heard the saying “You can’t help somebody unless they want to help themselves.” But someone with an addiction won’t see a reason to help themselves if they don’t believe that they have a problem. To be successful in addiction recovery, you must be honest with yourself. Being honest with others will also allow […]

6 Benefits of EMDR Therapy for Addiction Treatment

EMDR Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, also known as EMDR therapy, is a powerful method for treating trauma. It involves activating sensory inputs on the right and left side of the body while the patient recalls a traumatic memory. The sensory activity might include buzzing a paddle that the patient holds in each hand or […]

Gary Dinkleman — ‘The White Wizard’ — Has Retired

Gary Dinkleman

Gary Dinkleman, known for his insightful counseling methods and as a long-time counselor at Burning Tree Ranch, retired in 2021. Gary helped hundreds of family members break the cycle of addiction. Gary lived in Illinois and while 3-years sober he worked at a grocery store. His sponsor started going to school to be a counselor […]

What Is the Relapse Cycle in Addiction?

Relapse Cycle in Addiction

The definition of relapse within addiction can be complex. We tend to view it as the moment when a sober individual returns to using their addictive substance again. A more precise definition would be that relapse refers to the process that leads a sober individual back to substance use. The relapse cycle is multidimensional and […]