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How Can You Benefit From AA as an Atheist?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the nonprofit, volunteer-based fellowship of peers committed to enabling sobriety among its members, has practically become synonymous with addiction recovery in America. Since its inception in 1935, AA has been at the forefront of treating addictive disorders by emphasizing addiction as a medical condition and providing a universal treatment model for each…
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Avoiding Cabin Fever

The start of winter, officially marked by the solstice on December 21st, benefits greatly from a flurry of activities associated with joy, family gatherings, fond memories for the newness of a changing season, and for some, a small degree of stress. With a handful of lingering fall weather days, the first snowfall, Christmas lights strung up,…
sleep

How Do I Create Better Sleeping Habits to Improve Sobriety?

One of the simplest preventative measures in addiction treatment and avoiding relapse for recovery patients is to remain both well-fed and well-rested. This is of especial import in early recovery when patients are more susceptible to shifts in mood that can lead to negative thinking and a reversion to previous addiction based habits.  An emphasis…
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Addiction Recovery Book Review: 10% Happier by Dan Harris

The impetus for the onset of an addictive disorder and its potential co-occurring mental health issues vary to a large degree from person to person. There is evidence of diagnosed cases where individuals with no history of addictive behavior start using after an injury is treated with an ill-fated prescription to opioid pain relievers, while…
mindful

Does Meditation Really Work?

Meditation and mindfulness in particular have been extremely in vogue as the latest cure-all treatment for our busy lives and practically anything else that acts as a modern distraction to individuals. Yes, this even includes addiction disorders. While it may seem like a new fad, meditation is hardly a new practice and has been around…
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Outpatient Treatment

At Choice House, we use a variety of therapeutic modalities to treat addiction disorders and co-occurring mental health issues through three basic recovery programs. There is the 90 day inpatient treatment and two options for an intensive outpatient program. The two outpatient programs themselves vary mainly between whether recovery patients choose to reside on or…
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What if I’m Not an “Outdoors Person”?

With the Rocky Mountain National Park literally in our backyard, Choice House has taken full advantage of the surrounding nature setting by promoting a unique therapeutic modality involving physical activities in the outdoors and wilderness. Being outdoors and engaging in physical activity are both exercises that have been proven to decrease depression and improve the…
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The Best Movies About Addiction and Recovery

Movies have the power to transport viewers to other worlds, but they can also accurately reflect real life experiences like addiction and recovery. Watching accurate depictions of addiction and recovery can inspire understanding for those unfamiliar with addiction while also giving those in recovery a chance to commiserate and contemplate their own struggles. An added…
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How to Make Friends During Treatment

Choice House offers men who are struggling with addiction disorders and excessive substance misuse receive help from experienced staff to achieve long term sobriety. If you are seeking addiction recovery treatment, this may sound like an impossibility. But trust us when we tell you that long term sobriety is no fabled myth and is a…
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The Benefits of Group Therapy and Support Groups

Not all substance abuse or addictive personality disorders involve co-occuring mental health issues. However, a decent majority do involve underlying mental health disorders that have been left untreated. In many instances, depression or anxiety either from trauma or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been left untreated which leads to self-medication through substance abuse. These…
family

What Happens During a Family Program?

Choice House is unique in its set up for addiction recovery treatment as it has both inpatient and outpatient services, as well as a sober living campus. Not only can we help recovery patients achieve and maintain sobriety through either 90 day inpatient services or our intensive outpatient program, but we also can assist men…
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Art and Music Therapy

Choice House uses a variety of therapeutic modalities to increase the potential success of recovery patients in maintaining sobriety. Of course, each individual’s recovery process is different and, as such, Choice House is dedicated to providing a litany of therapy options to ensure and improve the success rate of recovery patients. We feel that once…