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Mindful Walking: A Tool For Recovery

Mindful Walking: A Tool For Recovery

By Angus Whyte Since the 1970s, mindfulness practices have been recognized as effective strategies in the treatment of the effects of stress, anxiety and depression. Pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts in the 1970s, mindfulness practices are now being applied by addiction treatment centers, addiction therapists and addiction experts across the […]

Nontraditional, Alternative Methods Of Recovery From Addiction

Nontraditional, Alternative Methods Of Recovery From Addiction

Sometimes when people need to recover from alcohol or drug addiction, it helps to think outside the box. Examples of alternative methods of addiction recovery include neurofeedback, yoga, exercise, acupuncture, meditation, pet therapy and many other methods. Although traditional methods of treatment have been proven to work, some of these nontraditional approaches are another way […]

Laughter Yoga: A Healthy Addiction?

Laughter Yoga: A Healthy Addiction?

By Edie Weinstein, MSW @EdieWeinstein1 The setting: a meeting room at a Center City, Philadelphia hotel during a wellness conference. The cast: people of all ages, lifestyle and dress. The directors: two women with bright smiles and welcoming presence. One of them is Peggy Tileston, MA, who holds a master’s degree in counseling from Lesley […]

Using Hypnosis To Reduce Addiction Cravings?

Using Hypnosis To Reduce Addiction Cravings?

Addiction is a multi-pronged disease that affects the brain, the psyche and the body of those who have developed the disease. All the effects of addiction intersect when the addict experiences cravings. Cravings can be intensely psychological and, when they’re accompanied by physical symptoms of withdrawal, they are extremely challenging to resist. It is these […]

How Does Acupuncture Therapy Work As A Treatment For Addiction?

How Does Acupuncture Therapy Work As A Treatment For Addiction?

Affecting millions worldwide, drug and alcohol addiction is a difficult and complex disease that requires dedicated and varied treatments to overcome and manage. Today, drug addiction is treated with counseling, detox programs, pharmaceutical drugs and alternative therapies, including the ancient practice of acupuncture. Once brushed off by the Western medical community, acupuncture therapy is now […]

Extra Vouchers In Contingency Management Therapy Helping Cocaine Addicts Stay Clean?

Extra Vouchers In Contingency Management Therapy Helping Cocaine Addicts Stay Clean?

Voucher-based reinforcement therapy (VBRT) is a form of treatment used to aid people recovering from addictions to opioid drugs or stimulants. It belongs to a larger group of therapies known collectively as contingency management (CM). In a study published in October 2013 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a multi-institution research team looked at […]

Wilderness Therapy vs. Traditional Rehab

Wilderness Therapy vs. Traditional Rehab

When a teens’ struggle with addiction, self-harm and other mental health issues throw them and their families into crisis, the options for treatment can seem daunting at first. Many factors should be considered, including the rehabilitation needs unique to adolescents. Would an alternative program be the best form of intervention, or would the local rehab […]

Harm Reduction Strategies

All addictions are harmful-physically and mentally-for the addict. Every aspect of the addict’s life is negatively impacted, from relationships to jobs. It is not always possible to completely quit an addiction when going into rehabilitation and recovery, so minimizing the harm impacting the addict and those around him or her is a good step to […]