The Insanity of a Family Disease

During my twenty-five year career in substance abuse treatment, I’ve frequently heard family members (and clients) insist that "Alcohol isn't his/her/my problem - drugs are!" and "Alcoholism isn't his/her/my problem - addiction is!" as if the same principles of recovery from chemical dependency don't apply to any dysfunctional situation where alcohol either isn't present or isn't present enough to be identified as the primary drug-of-choice.

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Awareness Acceptance Action

By: Keith Berger, Coordinator of Family Integrated Services Awareness…  Acceptance…  Action! Imagine yourself in a dark, foul-smelling room.  Every time you take a step, you trip over shadowy objects littering the floor.  Tired and frustrated from the stumbles and falls, you clear out a corner and try to make the best of the situation by…

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Snowflakes

By: Keith Berger, Coordinator of Family Integrated Services Someone I care about suffers from alcoholism, addiction and mental health challenges and I have been affected.  Even though I have personally never used alcohol or other mood-and-mind altering chemicals compulsively (and I choose not to indulge in any substances for a couple of decades now), I…

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Remembering to Breathe

By: Keith Berger, Coordinator of Family Integrated Services Breathe.   It’s the first thing we do when we get here and begin our human experience.  One deep breath – inhale, exhale – and we’re off and crawling… then walking… then running.  It can be argued that everything begins with breath. Breathe.   Studies show that the average…

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Honoring Our Heroes: Celebrating International Paramedics Day

Paramedics do so much more than save lives. They make a lasting difference in their communities and the healthcare systems they’re involved with. Whether delivering babies, treating burns, or keeping patients calm while in transit—paramedics love what they do, and it shows.  Join us in honoring these brave and selfless heroes on July 8, International…

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Using Music for Therapeutic Recreation

National Therapeutic Recreation Week is here again, and there’s no better time to begin your mental and physical wellness journey. For individuals with mental health issues, National Therapeutic Week raises awareness about the various therapeutic programs available to address their mental health. It also provides an opportunity to explore creativity. One example of such an…

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National Therapeutic Recreation Week

Did you know that staying indoors for extended periods of time can have a detrimental effect on your mental wellness?  The lack of sunlight has been shown to cause depression in some people and decrease the production of feel-good hormones in the brain. On the contrary, sunlight exposure has been shown to increase serotonin levels, boost…

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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July While in Recovery

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July While in Recovery The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our nation’s independence and enjoy quality time with family and friends. However, the holiday’s association with consuming alcoholic beverages can make it challenging for individuals in recovery. Additionally, it’s a difficult time for individuals…

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I Don’t Recognize the Girl

By: Bronte, Transformations Alumnus My name is Bronte. My sobriety date is September 21, 2020. I was born, and raised, and currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. I remember feeling different from an early age, like I  didn’t quite belong. I grew up in an alcoholic household which not only made me grow up quickly…

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Sober and Loathing in Las Vegas

By: Mike Murphy, Manager of Alumni Services In early recovery we are taught the importance of separating yourself from certain people, places, and things. And for obvious reasons. All three of those things, whether together or separate can be quite troublesome for someone newly into recovery. And if we are being honest, anyone in recovery, really….

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