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Song of the Wolf Healing Center

Song of the Wolf Healing Center Experiences

“If we help heal the animals, Mother Earth will begin to heal, and when this occurs, the people will remember many things they have forgotten; those sacred spaces and places we once called home. This can only bring good into our lives and the lives of others” Mary Ann McCain Co-Founder Song of the Wolf…
treatment-trends-substance-abuse

The evolving art and science of treating substance use disorders

Healthcare continues to make significant advances each year, and thankfully, treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs) and alcohol addiction is keeping pace. Thankfully, there’s been a shift away from the oversimplified goal of abstinence alone to a more holistic perspective. Today, recommended treatment for substance use disorders and alcoholism validates the need to not only…
When progress isn’t a good thing: Identifying the stages of alcoholism

When progress isn’t a good thing: Identifying the stages of alcoholism

  Although the opioid crisis is currently getting more press coverage, there’s another insidious disease that’s quietly wreaking havoc on personal goals and aspirations, families, career plans, financial health, and untold other instances of unrealized potential. It’s the same condition that claims around 88,000 lives each year (roughly twice as many as opiate overdoses). Those…
Understanding Dual Diagnosis or Co-Occurring Disorders

Double Jeopardy: Understanding Dual Diagnosis

If you know someone who’s struggling with substance abuse, and you’ve ever thought, Hmmm, I feel like he/she might also have depression/ADHD/generalized anxiety [insert any mental health disorder], you’re observing something known as “dual diagnosis.” Also sometimes referred to as “co-occurring disorders,” the condition describes a situation in which an individual has both a mental…
The Case for Connection - ChoiceHouse.com

The Case for Connection

Building a Case for Connection For a long time, “abstinence” was considered the opposite of addiction. Just put systems in place to ensure the person doesn’t have access to his or her substance of choice… and – ding! – addiction solved. Fortunately, the research and understanding around psychological and physiological addictions continue to evolve, and…
Support Yourself

Supporting Someone in Recovery? Start by Helping Yourself.

When you care about someone who’s struggling with addiction, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the minutiae of their issues: Are they safe? When did they eat last? Are they feeling lonely? What else could I be doing to help? But just like the flight safety demonstration that tells you to put…
Facts about addiction and substance abuse - choicehousecolorado.com

Facts About Addiction and Substance Abuse

Although frequently considered a disorder associated with mental health challenges, addiction has its roots in a range of complex mitigating factors, among them physiological, environmental, and even genetic components. And while the path to addiction can be as unique as the individuals involved, there are some undeniable facts regarding the condition itself. Addiction has reached…
Stop the enablement train with these 5 tips

Stop the Enablement Train with these 5 Tips

It’s only natural to want your friends and family members to be happy, successful, and financially stable. But sometimes, even our best intentions overstep the line of support and venture into the realm of enabling, a situation that ultimately benefits no one and one that frequently creeps into formerly healthy relationships when substance abuse is…

What Recovery Means to Me

At Choice House, we live life to its fullest and believe choosing the journey towards recovery is a milestone well worth celebrating. Recognizing that we’re all unique, it only makes sense that our recoveries might carry special meanings for each of us. So we recently asked our staff and the Choice community, “What does recovery…
How to Spot the (Sometimes Slow) Tipping Point: When Habit Becomes Addiction

When Habit Becomes Addiction: How to Spot the (Sometimes Slow) Tipping Point

It’s a familiar progression: What starts out as an “I’ll try this once” turns into “maybe just a couple more times” … and before you know it, a momentary lapse in judgment has snowballed into a full-blown, life-altering chemical dependency. So how can you tell when a habit has entered the harder-to-break realm of addiction?…