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 […]

The First 30 Days of Rehab

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What are the first 30 days of rehab like? It depends.  Often when going into rehab, clients need to go to detox. Medical detox is critical for people who are saturated with alcohol or drugs. Especially with alcohol withdrawal, clients can have seizures and even die. The First 30 Days of Rehab  Up to the […]

What is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

Post acute withdrawal syndrome

Ultimately, many symptoms of alcohol or drug withdrawal are the result of the effects that these chemicals have on the body and brain. In the first days and even weeks during withdrawal, different withdrawal symptoms may occur as a result of abruptly stopping taking a substance. The longer someone has abused drugs or alcohol, the […]

What to Do When Rehab Doesn’t Work

What to Do When Rehab Doesn't Work

Oftentimes when we see a client who has successfully been admitted into Burning Tree Ranch, they have already had several treatment episodes. In extreme cases, we have seen some clients who have gone to more than three dozen treatment centers before making it to the Ranch. By this time, these clients are so resistant to […]

What is Addiction Treatment Resistance?

What is Addiction Treatment Resistance

Treatment resistance is a term that describes someone who does not respond to usual treatment programs.  Some people struggling with substance abuse or alcoholism have a difficult time staying sober by going to a 30-day addiction treatment center. You can say that they are resistant to the treatment.  Some people are in a revolving door […]

6 Ways to Help an Addict Stop Using Drugs and Alcohol

Help an Addict

It’s not easy to help a loved one struggling with substance use.  There’s nothing that can just magically stop them from using drugs or drinking alcohol.  However, that does not mean that there is nothing you can do to help.  Start by Educating Yourself You can only see the symptoms if you know them.  Until […]

Know the Dangers: The 9 Most Common Addictions in America

Common Addictions

Those who have never struggled with addiction often view drug and alcohol dependency as a single illness, one that can be cured through simple willpower and a desire to live a sober life.  But those who have struggled with addiction know better, and they also know that drug and alcohol addiction is not a single […]

Treat the Family, Not Just the Addict

Treat the Family, Not Just the Addict

Written by Carey Ferren, LCDCAssistant Clinical Director, Burning Tree Ranch When one considers addiction treatment, treating and supporting the family as a supplement is imperative. Addiction is a family disease where each member experiences negative coping mechanisms to deal with the stress addiction causes. In my eleven years as an addiction counselor, higher success rates […]