Personal Goal Of Abstinence Has Best Outcome In Alcohol Treatment

Personal Goal Of Abstinence Has Best Outcome In Alcohol Treatment

As a rule, treatment programs for alcohol abuse/addiction have one of two main goals: establishing drinking abstinence or reducing the harm caused by a client’s/patient’s ongoing alcohol intake. However, irrespective of official program goals, people entering treatment may establish personal goals for successful program participation. In a study published in August 2014 in the Journal […]

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Making Quiet Waves In Addiction Treatment

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Making Quiet Waves In Addiction Treatment

By Jeanene Swanson There is growing evidence that mindfulness meditation, when done properly, can significantly improve addiction treatment outcomes. There are many different kinds of meditation—mindfulness (also called vipassana), zazen, transcendental, kundalini, qigong, guided visualization, trance-based, heart-based (with a focus on emotional states), and the list goes on. Mindfulness, however, has struck a chord with […]

Jumping From Wall To Wall In Addiction Recovery

Jumping From Wall To Wall In Addiction Recovery

By Edie Weinstein One of my favorite parts of being a therapist who works with those in recovery is spontaneously designing exercises and interventions to metaphorically shine a light in the dark cave of addiction. Several years ago, a friend who does body psychotherapy asked a question that illumined my own sometimes shadowy thinking. I […]

Teens Need to Know That Marijuana Addiction is Real

Teens Need to Know That Marijuana Addiction is Real

For years proponents of legalized marijuana have claimed that, unlike other illicit drugs, marijuana is not addictive. The general thinking of medical experts is now swinging in the opposite direction, in favor of recognizing marijuana as addictive. Part of that change of mind has to do with research conducted in 2012 which showed that giving […]