What To Remember After A Relapse

What To Remember After A Relapse

A relapse is not a necessary part of recovery, but it’s something that many people in recovery do experience. If you relapse, whether if it’s after days, months or years of sobriety, you probably feel a lot of unpleasant emotions. You may feel like you are a failure. You may feel a sense of deep […]

Chronic Relapse Is Not Hopeless

Chronic Relapse Is Not Hopeless

For many addicts and alcoholics, relapse is part of recovery. While most addicts know this on some level, actually living through a relapse or a series of relapses is another matter. As more and more relapses occur, both the addict and his family become consumed with frustration, disappointment and maybe even hopelessness. You may have […]

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 […]