February 24, 2016
SMART Recovery used as an alternative to AA

Differences between SMART Recovery and AA

This post was written by Tanji Wolfert, Chateau Recovery’s Substance Use Disorder Counselor and our most recent SMART Recovery facilitator. She discusses the difference between SMART Recovery and AA. SMART is an acronym that stands for “Self Management and Recovery Training”. They are a nonprofit organization that strives to offer free support groups for those who are trying to abstain from a behavior or substance addiction. The program is a kind of alternative to Alcohol Anonymous-type groups or other twelve step support groups, but can be a valuable tool in addition to twelve step groups as well. SMART uses science-based information to help people address behavioral problems and make changes […]
February 19, 2016

Group Therapy for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Finding Strength with Group Therapy Group therapy is a valuable tool in the road to recovery over drug and alcohol addiction. Participating in group therapy during your recovery may seem daunting or intimidating at first, but you are not alone and this effective form of therapy can help you progress. Seeking help and opening up to a loved one or even a counselor or therapist might be intimidating, let alone baring your addictions to a small group of people. The fact of the matter is that group therapy can help create an environment of friendship, feelings and trust between those involved. We are social creatures, and finding strength in a […]
February 16, 2016
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What to Look for in a Utah Rehab Center

Taking the first step in recovery is often a hard one, and not knowing what to look for in an addiction recovery center can make it harder. Knowing what to look for in a substance addiction recovery center specifically here in Utah, will help make that first step easier. Here are a few of our own suggestions on what to keep in mind when considering alcohol or drug rehab from a recovery center in Utah. Utah Inpatient versus Outpatient Therapy – Is the center an inpatient recovery or outpatient therapy center? What’s the difference between the two? We’ve addressed the benefits of inpatient therapy and how it can help focus […]
February 7, 2016
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What is Dual Diagnosis?

In your research of addiction recovery programs in Utah, we’re sure you’ve seen the term “dual diagnosis”, but what exactly does it mean? How does it help in your path to recovery over addiction? When it comes to substance dependence such as drug and alcohol addiction, there are multiple factors that contribute, dual diagnosis identifies and separates out the two separate illnesses, the substance abuse and the mental ailment such as depression or anxiety. By identifying these two factors separately, we are able to create a recovery and treatment plan for each illness. This allows our therapists and nurse practitioners greater freedom in creating a recovery plan with you. Because […]
January 20, 2016
Pratipaksha Bhavanam

Pratipaksha Bhavanam- Cultivating Perspectives

Pratipaksha Bhavanam is a practice of controlling the mind and gradually guiding it to act in accordance with our yogic goals. The “Great Vow of Yoga” is the vow to abstain from violence, dishonesty, stealing, reckless indulgence, or greed. Even once we have committed to this path, we all falter from time to time… we may make rude comments, act harshly, or covet something that belongs to a friend… just to name a few! Pratipaksha Bhavanam is a method that helps us catch these destructive and distracting thoughts, and redirect our minds back toward the yogic path. This is done by actively cultivating thoughts of the opposite nature when a […]
January 12, 2016
Mindfulness, Scattered Thoughts

Mastering the Art of Mindfulness

There is a story in Zen circles about a man and a horse. The horse is galloping quickly, and it appears that the man on the horse is going somewhere important. Another man, standing alongside the road, shouts, “Where are you going?” and the first man replies, “I don’t know! Ask the horse, we don’t know where we are going and we can’t stop.” The horse is our habit energy pulling us along, and we are powerless. We are always running, and it has become a habit. We struggle all the time, even during our sleep. We are at war within ourselves, and we can easily start a war with […]