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 […]
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 […]
Our Substance Abuse Recovery Experts Offer Tips on How to Avoid Conflict this Holiday Season. The holidays are a bittersweet time for individuals and families going through addiction recovery. Christmas represents a time of gratitude, forgiveness, family, and reconnecting. For many addicts, returning home also stirs up anxiety from unmet expectations and grief over past trauma. This often causes emotional pressure and stress from spending time with people you feel uncomfortable around. The holidays create an unfortunate perfect storm for relapse. You and your family can be aware of and prepare for triggers that could lead to an emotional explosion. Here are 5 tips to minimize triggers as you traverse the […]
As one of the premier rehab centers in Utah, we strive to educate those around us on how to make the most out of their treatment. With the help of one of our seasoned group therapists, we have compiled a list of what one should and shouldn’t consider when participating in group therapy. What to do: Start the group process. Set an agenda of what you would like to work on in group by defining your concern(s) in here and now terms. Encourage group focus. Be aware of how your issues are presented in the context of the group relationship. Be more trusting and trustworthy. You are trusting when you […]
What roles do isolation and loneliness play in your addiction? Individuals who struggle with addiction often find that they feel disconnected from others, either because they have pushed others away or because others feel the need to separate themselves from you during your active addiction. Isolation is the experience of being separated from others. This can be reality or one’s perception of reality. As human beings, we are created for connection. Feelings of isolation go against our need for human connection and can therefore contribute to addictive patterns of behavior. We have an innate need to bond with someone or something. In addiction, that something becomes the drug. […]
Twelve Step groups are located all over the world for Alcoholics Anonymous. They are available in any area. Whether you are traveling or close to home there’s on available. A question that is heard a lot is how to find meetings. Of course you can always check online but no you have capability of search right from your cell phone. Check out the Recovery Advisor App or Steps Away APP. Enter your location and instantly find information on a local meeting near you. Heard of another valuable app? Let us know!