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Addictions do not get better without supportive help. Substance abuse and substance dependence are serious issues that impact both health and emotional wellbeing. If you or someone you love needs rehab care, we can connect you with treatment options and help you get there now. (more…)

By |October 30th, 2018|Treatment
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    Depression Outpatient Programs: Value, Success Rates and Flexibility

Depression Outpatient Programs: Value, Success Rates and Flexibility

For the more than 17 million Americans living with depression, outpatient depression treatment may be the farthest thing from their minds. Many don’t believe that theirs is a problem that would be improved by treatment, and those who know that their depression is hurting their lives don’t know where to go to receive help. (more…)

By |July 30th, 2018|Treatment

Outpatient PTSD Treatment

Traumatic events happen every day. For some people, time is enough to heal the fears and emotional upset caused by either experiencing or witnessing trauma, but for others, months and even years pass and they are still haunted by the incident. When this is accompanied by aggressive and disruptive mental health symptoms, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be the issue and treatment may be necessary. (more…)

By |May 2nd, 2018|Treatment


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) have been found to be equally effective forms of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

CBT works by attempting to change the way a trauma victim feels and acts by changing the patterns of thinking and the behavior responsible for negative emotions. CBT has been proven to be an effective treatment for PTSD and is currently considered the standard of care for PTSD by the US Department of Defense. In CBT, individuals learn to identify thoughts that make them feel afraid or upset and to replace those thoughts with less distressing ones. The goal is to understand how certain thoughts cause PTSD-related stress. Recent research on EMDR and CBT suggests that they may produce results comparable to some older and more commonly used therapies.

Exposure Therapy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Exposure therapy is a type of CBT that involves assisting trauma survivors to re-experience distressing trauma-related memories and reminders. This re-experiencing helps patients emotionally process the traumatic memory through imagined confrontation with memories and real-life exposure to trauma reminders. Exposure therapy may be a necessary part of PTSD treatment, and organizations like the […]

By |April 24th, 2018|Treatment

Substance Abuse Treatment Options

People and their problems are complex. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there are various rehabilitation program types, styles and treatment philosophies. What works for one person may not be as effective for another person. Part of that relates to the relatively new concepts of holistic treatment.

Those concepts take into account other mental and physical ailments that need to be addressed and treated in order for rehabilitation to be successful not just in the present but also over the long term.

For example, successful rehab for alcoholism may require treating Dual Diagnosis conditions, such as addiction that occurs alongside depression or another mental health disorder. Treatment philosophies can differ between rehabilitation programs, with some stressing cognitive therapies over pharmaceutical treatments, whereas others may weight their treatment plans more towards behavioral modification in highly structured circumstances. Some rehab programs utilize multiple approaches, adjusting the balance and focus of these approaches as treatment progresses.

Types of Rehab Programs

While rehabilitation programs are typically thought of in relation to substance abuse, there are other types of rehab programs as well. Sometimes courts order rehabilitation for some types of offenders, including those who may need assistance in reintegrating into society. These sorts of rehab […]

By |April 23rd, 2018|Treatment
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    How has the ‘Quick Fix’ Mentality Made Us Vulnerable to Addiction?

How has the ‘Quick Fix’ Mentality Made Us Vulnerable to Addiction?

By Dane O’Leary

Life has become more fast-paced than ever before. We’re constantly looking for ways to squeeze just a bit more time out of the day, whether it means juggling far too many simultaneous tasks at work, inserting lots of superfluous adjectives to achieve the required length for a college term paper, or driving way too fast on those morning and evening commutes. This compulsion to do things faster and make things easier actually puts us under more stress, making us feel an even greater need to condense our schedules by utilizing any shortcuts available to us.

Whether it’s to save time or energy, living our lives in fast-forward mode has had a momentous effect on our psychology, resulting in what we might call a “quick-fix mentality.” While there have been parallels drawn between this cognitive phenomenon and things like the increase in our average minimum stress levels,1 some have pointed out that this mindset could be contributing to addiction rates that are higher than ever and remain on the rise.


Why Do I Have to Go to Therapy During Rehab?

Drug abuse and addiction come in as many forms as the people who struggle with them. When a person realizes that he has a drug use problem, he may decide to get help from other people. Admitting that a problem exists and seeking out professional help are two of the most crucial steps a person can take towards beginning a new life in recovery. The next step for a person to take is to begin a rehabilitation program. While most people realize the importance of going through a drug rehabilitation program, not many understand how all of the components of rehabilitation work together to help the person achieve long-term sobriety. One essential but sometimes overlooked aspect of drug rehabilitation is therapy. Nearly every rehabilitation program incorporates therapy in some form, so it’s beneficial to know both how rehabilitation therapy works and why it is so important.

How the Stigma of Addiction Interferes with Rehab

Many Americans struggle with addiction every year. SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates that over 22 million Americans aged 12 and older, or 8.5 percent of this population, had struggled with either substance abuse or dependence. Substance abuse and dependence are both distinct from substance addiction, but the three often go together, and millions of people who abuse drugs become addicted to them. But while millions of people struggle with substance abuse, dependence and addiction, only a small percentage actually seek out professional help. (more…)

By |January 23rd, 2017|Addiction, Treatment

Why Is Individual Therapy Useful for Recovery?

Some people think that recovering from an addiction only involves detoxification from the drug. In reality, though, detoxification is only the first of many steps that a person takes to recover from a drug addiction. Recovery is a life-long process, and one of the most useful steps a person can take during recovery is committing to a therapy program.

By |September 15th, 2016|Treatment

How Has Modern Psychiatry Improved Addiction Treatment?

In the past, people who struggled with addiction received widely varying types of treatment. Some were prescribed powerful drugs that only worsened their addiction, and some were told that their addiction was completely their fault because they lacked will-power and self-control. Little consistency existed in the treatment of addictions, and not many scientists and healthcare professionals studied and fully understood the nature of addiction and rehabilitation. Because of this, many people found themselves alone in their struggle against their addiction. Over the past fifty years, however, modern psychiatry has contributed a large amount of important research related to addiction. Additionally, many healthcare professionals have used this newfound knowledge to create quality and effective addiction treatment programs that significantly improve a person’s likelihood of maintaining sobriety long-term.