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12-Step Program Benefits

Don’t Go It Alone: Find Your Support Village in a 12-step Program

Making a one-size-fits-all claim such as “12-step programs work” will likely always elicit spirited discussion from those who disagree. Few, however, would dare say that 12-step programs never work. Life at times can get lonely, and exceptionally so if you’re struggling with alcohol or substance abuse. This is one of the main reasons that Alcoholics…
Build a Bridge to Long-term Sobriety with a Strong Support Network

Build a Bridge to Long-term Sobriety with a Strong Support Network

So you’ve made the decision to get sober, you gave inpatient rehabilitation your best effort, and your on your way to the next step of living life, sober – whether that means a sober living home or venturing back out into the “real world”. First of all, congratulations on your progress. And next, as you…
Transitional time: Easing the shift from rehab to real life

Transitional time: Easing the shift from rehab to real life

Years ago, those who had completed drug or alcohol inpatient rehabilitation were considered “cured” once they were discharged and sent back to their lives. Today, however, we know better. First, there’s really no “cure” for addiction. And second, recovery is a lifelong pursuit, one in which the individual is best served by a treatment approach…
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…