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A Closer Look at What Addiction Does to Families

February 13, 2017 6:30 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

When discussing addiction and its impact, brief and superficial lip-service is often paid to damage it creates within the family unit. We hear common tropes like how substance abuse takes its tolls on families first and how it’s often addicts’ loved ones who suffer the hardest; but what does that really look like close up? The reality is that over 20 million Americans currently suffer from some sort of substance use disorder and a large majority of these people have a whole group of families, friends and loved ones that suffer right alongside them. While the impact on the family is different, there are some common problems that manifest when drug and alcohol abuse invades a home.

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When Classical Goes Clinical: The Best Composers to Listen to While Healing

December 28, 2016 6:28 pm / by RU Texas posted in ,

Let’s face it: not all of us are ready to turn on Rachmaninoff when we come home from work at the end of the day or when we go on a road trip with our friends. We all have our own musical preferences and they don’t all skew toward the classical genre. Like everything else, there’s a time and a place for every kind of music. Sometimes we want nothing more than take our aggression out while listening to Black Flag’s “Damaged”; sometimes we want to lose ourselves in the jangly melancholy of the Smiths; sometimes we need a track from Jay-Z to get us hyped up and sometimes we just want something we can ignore while we clean our houses.

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The Impact of Music in Physical and Psychological Wellness

December 20, 2016 4:50 pm / by RU Texas posted in ,

Morrissey once asked: “Does the body rule the mind or does the mind rule the body?” His ultimate conclusion was “I don’t know.” The good news is that music can have an extreme positive impact on both. For years clinicians have been using music to accelerate healing in both clinical and post-treatment environments. From the pediatric to palliative care settings, music has been proven to have healing choose that sooth both the savage beast and the human body and brain. Whether you’re suffering from chemical dependency, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), chronic pain or anything else, there’s a place for music in your supplemental care plan. Some of the specific benefits of music integration may include:

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Common Types of Supplemental Treatment Therapies

December 6, 2016 4:43 pm / by RU Texas posted in ,

No treatment program should be identical to another. The issues and circumstances that trigger substance abuse are as unique to each individual and must be treated as such. Although there are some universal elements of quality treatment (detoxification, group therapy, individualized counseling, etc.), each patient deserves a customized and targeted treatment program for the maximum level of success. One of the fundamental elements to this level of individualized treatment is the availability of different supplemental therapy techniques. More and more treatment facilities are integrating historically non-traditional therapies in an effort to give patients a well-rounded recovery experience. Many of these techniques have been game-changers for patients looking to strengthen their recovery and live addiction-free in their everyday lives.

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Taking It With You: Benefits of Supplemental Therapies in Post-Treatment Life

December 2, 2016 4:42 pm / by RU Texas posted in ,

ooner or later our treatment ends. If we’re lucky, our programs give us valuable behavioral coping resources to help us manage the situations that can trigger relapse, whether we have to avoid them or face them, head on. The strength of these resources often lives and dies by the therapies we use to cultivate them, which is why it’s important that patients are exposed to a wide range of therapeutic techniques beyond traditional talk therapy, such as art therapy, music-based treatment, holistic techniques and more. The more well-rounded a patient’s recovery program is, the more of an opportunity they have to learn about themselves and develop the confidence they need to maintain their recovery when they transition back into their everyday lives.

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How Vivitrol Helps Families after Treatment

November 29, 2016 4:41 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

Those of us who have helped our loved ones manage addiction know how difficult it can be. Even after the best treatment and the most positive and encouraging signs of progress, the path can still be difficult. For every single person that suffers from addiction, there is usually a group of people suffering right alongside them. Sometimes this suffering consists of active conflict, including shouting fights and even physical confrontation; other times it can be as passive as watching a loved one struggle through the pain and sickness withdrawal symptoms. Many prefer actually fighting with their loved ones to watching them go through withdrawal because at least they have sense of control over a confrontation.

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Recovery Unplugged Releases New eBook on the Impact of Addiction on Families

November 3, 2016 4:36 pm / by RU Texas posted in ,

Families are the lesser-discussed casualties of addiction. For practically every one of the over 23 million Americans suffering from chemical dependency, there is a whole separate group of people suffering right alongside them. This family doesn’t even have to be blood-related. They can be anybody in our lives to whom we look for love, guidance, support and affection. When addiction threatens the family unit, loved ones of addicts can, and often do, become paralyzed with fear and uncertainty, resulting in inactivity and even enabling. Rather than let addiction and chemical dependency destroy the fabric of their family and threaten their loved one’s life, families can educate and empower themselves to guide their addicted loved one toward treatment.

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