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How to Support, Not Enable Your Addicted Loved One

By Jack Gilbert, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services at Clarity Way It can be devastating to watch a loved one struggle with addiction. It’s painful and personal and brings feelings of helplessness, anger, fear and hurt. You want to do everything in your power to help them get well, but when it comes to addiction,...

Managing Anxiety and Insomnia in Addiction Recovery

Anxiety and insomnia are common problems for people in treatment for substance use disorders. In many cases these issues were present prior to substance abuse, were masked during the addiction, and have now resurfaced in sobriety. (more…)...

Staying Connected to the Outside World During Residential Drug Rehab

By Robert Matylewicz, DO, ABAM, Medical Director at Clarity Way It’s common for inpatient drug rehab centers to prohibit clients from using smartphones and laptops during their stay. At first glance, this seems to make sense. Shouldn’t people be detached from stressors and potential triggers and focus only on tr...

Why Medication-Assisted Therapy Is Critical in Opioid Addiction Recovery

By Robert Matylewicz, DO, ABAM, Medical Director at Clarity Way The opioid epidemic continues to surge ahead with seemingly no end in sight. Drug overdose has surpassed motor vehicle deaths as the leading cause of U.S. accidental deaths with opioids leading the charge, contributing to 33,091 deaths in 2015. We don...

How One Special Dog Helps People With Addictions

By Kate Sprague, LCSW, CCTP, Therapist at Clarity Way I knew I wanted our next pet to be a therapy dog when my daughter and I went to pick out a puppy in January 2014. Cooper was just six days old when I met him, but I realized right away there was something almost magical about him. We brought Cooper home when he w...

How Psychodrama Helps Heal Past Trauma

Psychodrama has been around for nearly 100 years and can be an effective tool for helping people struggling with a number of challenges, including addictions and trauma. Psychodrama therapy techniques can help people give voice and action to areas of their lives that have kept them stuck. Those areas are what may be hi...

Gratitude as a Recovery Tool During the Holidays

By Jack Gilbert, LCSW For many, the holidays are a wonderful time of year, but for people in recovery, the holidays can sometimes be painful and overwhelming, making them vulnerable to relapse. Gratitude is a practice that can be helpful all year round, but particularly during the holiday season. For instance, simpl...

Overcoming the Personality Traits That Support Addiction

Scientific studies plus anecdotal evidence collected in therapy sessions have helped uncover certain personality traits common to those who suffer from substance use disorders and other forms of addiction. Cause-and-effect relationships are not always clear, but it is safe to say these personality characteristics help ...

Protecting Your Sobriety During the Holiday Season By Jack Gilbert, LCSW

For anyone in recovery, especially those new to recovery, the holidays can feel frightening and overwhelming. For some people, this can be a time when old behaviors re-emerge and they are at risk of relapsing. (more…)...

How to Establish a Recovery Support Network

Coming out of rehab for drug or alcohol abuse, co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorder, or multiple addictions is a time that many who are new to recovery either look forward to or fear. After being in the safe and nurturing treatment environment where assistance with any difficulties is readily availab...

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