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How to Love Your Body

How to Love Your Body

Many people tend to take advantage of their bodies. People tend to self-harm themselves in order to look the way they want to such as over-exercising, plastic surgery, doing abusive substances, or undereating. According to the National Eating Disorders, 70% of women ages 18-30 years-old are dissatisfied with their bodies as well as 43% of men. It is important to understand the importance of loving your body by taking care of it and finding ways to let yourself know you are worth it. The first thing you should do is make a list of all of the things your body…

The Benefits of Napping

The Benefits of Napping

Imagine having an entire weekend full of studying that needs to be done. You stress about the amount of material that you need to memorize and are worried it will take more than a weekend to complete. You plan on pulling an all-nighter by waking up early in the morning and studying until three in the morning with no breaks in between. While you may think this is an effective strategy to getting your work done, this will just cause you to grow irritated, stressed, and tired. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism says that taking a two hour…

5 Reasons Why Psychotherapy is a Trusted Treatment for Addiction

5 Reasons Why Psychotherapy is a Trusted Treatment for Addiction

There is evidence that says that addiction can change the chemistry of the brain. If that is the case, wanting to stop is not enough to want to live a sober life. While going cold turkey or joining a detox program can help you, it is not always for the long term. That is where psychotherapy comes in which is the interaction between a trained professional and a patient with addiction. Those who engage with the patients can be mental health counselors, occupational therapists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and drug counselors. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs…

What is Multiple Personality Disorder?

What is Multiple Personality Disorder?

At its essence, multiple personality disorder, or “MPD”, is a coping mechanism. An individual who is embarrassed or uncomfortable with some element of his being might dissociate that element into a box or pocket that remains separate from the rest of his life. Sex addicts, for example, frequently distinguish their predilections from their regular day-to-day existences in order to rationalize their regular lives without feeling shame or guilt over their pursuits of taboo activities. Placing those activities on the shoulders of a separate personality allows that addict to cope with his problem. Individuals with advanced MPD can experience blackouts in…

Why Group Therapy May Be Key to Success

Why Group Therapy May Be Key to Success

Many different rehab programmes and treatment centres offer group therapy in addition to individual counselling for addiction treatment. While some may offer variation in treatment, group therapy has proven to be quite effective for many reasons. Group therapy is a safe space where people can come out of personal shells and feel free of judgement. Many other reasons exist to try group therapy as a key to success in recovery from addiction.   Positive Role Models Addiction can seem like a trap that is hard to get out of but positive role models see the best in people and situations….

Tips for Stress Management in Recovery

Tips for Stress Management in Recovery

Stress management requires people to take focused inventory of internal and external factors impacting one’s life. There are warning signs of stress which are helpful to know so that a person can cope better with stress to avoid relapse in recovery.   More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Managing stress is a skill which needs to be worked on. Recognising physical and psychological symptoms may help the person with addiction manage better. A person with addiction who is completing treatment should make a stress management plan. Stress management is part of relapse prevention. A plan should ask:…

The Benefits of Equine Therapy

The Benefits of Equine Therapy

Many different options exist in drug rehab treatment including a residential treatment programme, behavioural therapy and alternative therapies including work with horses. Learn why equine therapy is beneficial for people seeking help with addiction.   More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Horses have been used to successfully improve the outcomes for people with addiction for some time. Working with horses can help people with all kinds of substance use disorders and even mental health conditions. Equine therapy provides an opportunity to work with gentle animals in a supportive environment. The effectiveness of therapy with horses comes from…

The Neuroscience of Addiction: How it Works in the Brain

The Neuroscience of Addiction: How it Works in the Brain

Human beings are pleasure-seeking creatures: We chase after food, drink, and activities that make us feel good, and we seek to repeat that behavior. While this pleasure-seeking behavior is at the core of our evolutionary survival, it can also threaten our very existence when it runs amok. Such is the case with drug or alcohol addiction. The chemistry of addiction takes place deep in the brain, beginning in the ventral tegmental area, which is the body’s reward-seeking center. The VTA, as it’s called for short, releases a chemical called dopamine in response to pleasure. Dopamine travels to a higher region…

Alcoholism and Thiamine Deficiency

Alcoholism and Thiamine Deficiency

Effects Alcoholism Has On Thiamine Vitamins are extremely important for safe alcohol withdrawal. Thiamine is just one of the vitamins in which many alcoholics are deficient. Even former drinkers should get their thiamine levels tested. After months of increased thiamine intake, many recovering addicts find themselves feeling a lot better: better memory, better coordination, better mood. The kicker? A lot of them had no idea they felt before. The same goes for all nutrition improvements: suddenly you’re snowboarding, cycling, swimming, surfing—getting a “high” the right way, the fun, productive way. Read more Alcoholism Treatments Signs Of Alcoholism Alcoholism Support Alcoholism and…

Healthy Eating Can Aid Sober Living

Healthy Eating Can Aid Sober Living

Eating healthy can go a long way towards helping people on the road to addiction recovery. A common belief in addiction recovery is whether to indulge in drug or alcohol addiction. Evidence suggests eating healthy is one of the best ways to aid in sober living.   More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling When it comes to recovering from addiction, elimination of sugar is high on the list. Incorporating grains into the diet is important as is elimination of processed foods. Instead of having large protein-based meals all in one day, it helps to make sure a…