How Can Recreational Therapy Help You Feel Better?

Everyone learns differently and some people really like those visual cues to help them get motivated. Other people like hands-on experience which helps promote a forward-thinking attitude. You might respond differently to various styles of addiction treatment. For many people, participating in therapeutic recreational activities can be powerful in addiction recovery. The Benefits Recreational therapy…

The Dangers of Complacency

In our journey toward sobriety, we may find ourselves at a point where we feel as though we are just “going through the motions” of our program. We find ourselves losing the feeling of excitement we had when we first entered into our recovery program.  Boredom was often a reason for our past use, and…

How Does Executive Rehab Work and Is it Right for Me?

If you are considering rehab as a C-Suite executive, you are not alone. If you suffer from addiction, seeking effective treatment for your condition is imperative to moving forward and being healthy again. Living in the public eye and working at a high level can require enrolling in a treatment program that caters to your…

Surprising Dangers of Psychedelics

Psychedelic drugs, such a LSD, psilocybin, and various other hallucinogens, are commonly misunderstood as “safe” drugs because they do not have the same propensity for addiction as “harder” drugs like opiates and stimulants. Psychedelics, however, carry a slew of possible risks to our mental and physical health. Short-term abuse of hallucinogens like LSD or psilocybin…

What is the “Blue Mind” and How Do I Tap Into It?

Every human being feels an innate connection to water. We are made of water so it makes sense when the ocean or a body of blue water is in our sights, we feel a sense of wonderment and tranquility. Science has a reason for why we feel so soothed by the presence of water. It…

What is a “Spiritual Awakening”?

12-Step recovery programs often refer to the necessity of a spiritual awakening or experience to maintain long-term sobriety. Carl Jung, as quoted in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, described the nature and importance of a spiritual awakening, explaining that “once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences. To me…

What Are Some Tips for Handling Relapse?

Recovering from relapse is hard, but you can definitely beat it by not letting it get you down. The road to recovery never ends but the more familiar you become with recovery, the easier it becomes to keep moving forward. Relapse is extremely prominent in recovery but so is moving past it to be successful…

Is Entrepreneurship a Gateway to Addiction?

The model of a successful entrepreneur is all about working hard, building a business and putting in long hours to make it go. Addictions, however, can become part of the mix due to the culture of entrepreneurship which includes long hours, stress and coping with how to keep a business going. Entrepreneurship is both emotionally…

Can Addiction Physically Change the Brain?

There is a definite connection between addictions and a part of the brain that is impacted by addiction called the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC). This part of the brain integrates conflict and pain with thoughts and behaviors. Learn more about why the ACC can create some challenges for people with addiction. Brain-Body Connection The ACC…

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome: What Is It and How Long Does It Last?

After the perils of detox, a person early in sobriety may still have feelings of depression, anxiety, insomnia, loss of interest in things they previously enjoyed, and/or an inability to concentrate. These problems, coupled with strong drug cravings, may be overwhelming to someone early in sobriety, but they do get better over time. According to…