Reach Your Goals: 4 Ways to Beat Negative Thinking

I dare you to read this without thinking about an orange gorilla. Now, think of anything you can without thinking of the orange gorilla and count to 10. No matter how hard you tried, you thought about the orange gorilla, didn’t you? No matter how hard we try to suppress our negative thoughts, our brains are hardwired to focus on negative thinking. Think of a positive moment in your life. Now think of a negative moment. Which memory is more vivid and stands out to you the most? It’s more than likely you’ll remember that time you bottomed out, got [...]

January 5th, 2017|Addiction Treatment|

Addiction and Recovery: 5 Celebrity Deaths in 2016

There is no shortage of celebrities in recovery. We’ve lost many celebrities in 2016. A few we lost to serious medical issues,  some to old age and others to addiction. Many of the celebrities we lost in 2016 were in recovery and advocated for the addiction recovery community. Unfortunately, others could have prevented death by overdose if they had sought professional help for their addiction. Below is a list of just some of the celebrities we lost in 2016: 1) Carrie Fisher - 12/27/16 There’s no doubt that Carrie Fisher was a Hollywood icon. Born to actor parents, the late Eddie [...]

December 29th, 2016|Addiction Treatment|

12 Ways to Stay Sober and Sane for the Holidays

The holiday season can be a crazy time of the year. Staying sober and sane for the holidays can be a challenge. With all the heavy traffic, crowded malls with last-minute shoppers, travel delays, and just the stress of reuniting with family and friends can be enough to set off triggers for anyone in recovery. For some, the holidays may even be a somber reminder of a tragic or traumatic event. Yet, this time of year doesn’t have to be a total loss. Whether you’re in recovery or just trying to get through the holiday stress, you can still enjoy [...]

December 21st, 2016|Addiction Treatment|

The Benefits of Vibroacoustic Therapy for Addiction Recovery

Vibroacoustic therapy is the use of low frequency sound waves and therapeutic music to heal people from pain, addiction, and other medical issues. Not many people have heard of vibroacoustic therapy or are aware that it exists, but we all know how music makes us feel. Research on vibroacoustic therapy, conducted by Olav Skille and Tony Wigram in the mid 20th century, was found to benefit patients with cerebral palsy, insomnia, pain and Parkinson’s disease. It wasn’t until the ‘90s that Wigram discovered that sound and vibration could be used to heal cognitive disabilities, such as anxiety and self-harming behaviors [...]

December 14th, 2016|Addiction Treatment, Drug Addiction Treatment, Holistic Drug Treatment|

21st Century Cures Act Addresses Opioid Epidemic

On December 5, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act, which addresses the opioid epidemic passed 392 to 26 in the House, and passed 94 to 5 in the Senate last week. President Obama praised the bill as it will provide significant funding for the National Institute of Health, cancer research, brain disease research including Alzheimer's, the Food and Drug and Administration, and the current opioid crisis. While the bipartisan bill has received overwhelming praise, some senators are not on board. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both disapproved of the bill because it gave too many preferences to pharmaceutical companies due [...]

December 12th, 2016|Addiction Treatment, Substance Abuse Prevention|

Music on the Brain and Addiction Recovery

How does music on the brain help those in addiction recovery? Think about it. What was the first sound you ever heard? It wasn’t your mom’s voice. It wasn’t your dad’s voice. Nor was it your own voice. While our conscious memories may be different, the first sound we ever hear is our mother’s heartbeat when we’re still in the womb. From there, the sounds we experience in and out of the womb as we grow into adulthood have a tremendous impact on our health. Whether we’re hearing pleasant sounds like a familiar voice or unpleasant sounds such as an [...]

December 7th, 2016|Creative, Drug Addiction Treatment|
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