a group participates in a relapse prevention program

Things You Learn in Relapse Prevention

Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a lifelong process. After successful detox and participation in a residential or outpatient substance abuse treatment program, you must be prepared to face the challenges of everyday life without resorting to old patterns of behavior that can lead you to use again. Relapse is a return to addictive…

a woman contemplates entering behavioral therapy

Signs I Could Benefit from Behavorial Therapy

Mental health therapy is a crucial part of the treatment of substance abuse and addiction. There are five broad types of psychotherapy: psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies; integrative or holistic therapy; humanistic therapy; cognitive therapy; and behavioral therapy. Each of these approaches has its own goals, utilizes its different techniques, and has its benefits. Behavioral therapy…

a woman talks through trauma during cbt for addiction

How CBT Can Aid Addiction Recovery

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based talk therapy often used to treat substance abuse, addiction, and co-occurring mental health disorders. Evidence-based means that CBT is clinically proven to be effective. Many traditional therapies rely on the therapist-patient relationship to uncover past events that might impact current behavior. However, CBT focuses on how changing current patterns…

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How to Help Someone Who Needs Drug Abuse Treatment

Watching a friend or family member struggle with drug or alcohol addiction is very difficult and can negatively impact your well-being. You may experience feelings of anger, sadness, frustration, guilt, worry, and fear. In general, you will likely feel overwhelmed and confused about how you can help. At times you might feel like giving up…

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What is Kratom?

Kratom is a tropical tree that is native to parts of Southeast Asia, where it has been used in herbal medicines since at least the 19th century. The tree leaves contain compounds that can produce pain-relieving, euphoric, or psychotropic effects, depending upon the dosage. Due to its ability to produce an opioid-like high, kratom has…

woman learning life skills after addiction

Learning Life Skills After Addiction

If you or someone is currently dealing with addiction and has committed to recovery, you may wonder what happens when treatment commences. One of the aspects many clients need assistance with as they heal from the physical and psychological aspects of addiction is integrating into everyday life. Sometimes addiction erodes the practical skills we’ve developed…