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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is There a Cure for Your Addiction?

Is There a Cure for Your Addiction?

Addiction is an illness that is typified by a compulsion to take alcohol or drugs even when those substances are causing physical, mental, and social problems. Contrary to the opinions of many people, it is not caused by a lack of willpower.  People who are addicted have undergone a change of brain function that makes […]

What to Expect From an Al-Anon Meeting

Al-Anon

There are support groups available for friends and families of alcoholics called Al-Anon groups. Al-Anon meetings can help those close to alcoholics who find themselves caught up in an overwhelming whirlwind of frustration and disappointment. What is Al-Anon? Al-Anon meetings are not based on any particular religion. They focus on a spiritual fellowship in which […]

The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines addiction

Given their appealing sedating effects, benzodiazepines are among some of the most abused prescription drugs in America. In fact, according to WebMD, about one in every five people who use benzodiazepines will abuse the potentially addictive drug. Below, we will discuss the potential risks associated with benzodiazepines and how they affect your body. What are […]

How to Pick a Sponsor in Alcoholics Anonymous

How to Pick a Sponsor

Picking a sponsor to work with is a critical step to take in Alcoholics Anonymous. Working the steps is what Alcoholics Anonymous was designed to do. After nearly a century of meetings and groups across the world, Alcoholics Anonymous can sometimes veer away from the book. That’s why it is critical to find a sponsor […]

Alcohol & Drug Addiction | Mental Health Services

Alcohol & Drug Addiction | Mental Health Services

Mental health and drug and alcohol addiction are sometimes so intertwined it is difficult to determine which one is the leading cause of problems.  Other times, our clients don’t have mental health problems, instead, they have undiagnosed alcoholism. Uncovering what issues our clients really face can be a long process.  That’s why our program at […]

How Euphoric Recall Leads to Relapse | Alcoholism and Addiction

Euphoric Recall Addiction

Euphoric recall has been studied by researchers for years, and many believe it is a leading cause of relapse.  Alcoholism and addiction are chronic diseases. This means addiction and alcoholism is incurable, constant, and persistent. In other words, if you stop treating your addiction, relapse is inevitable.  Chronic alcoholism can’t be cured by knowledge or […]