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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 donâ€...

How One Special Dog Helps People With Addictions

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 was eight weeks old, after visiting with him weekly. We st...

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...

10 Rock-Solid Strategies for Dealing With Relapse

For many in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, it isn’t a question of whether relapse will occur but when. Not that anyone goes into drug rehab believing he or she will slip, but the reality is that many ultimately do. One point that recovery experts stress repeatedly, however, is that relapse does not mean fa...

Shifting Stigma of Addiction: What We Saw Then vs. What We See Now

One of the (many) ways this presidential election season has been unique is the candidates’ willingness to talk about the addiction crisis that plagues the United States and much of the rest of world. The catalyst for this discussion, unfortunately, is the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control...

Repairing Your Career or Reputation After Rehab

Once you finish your addiction treatment or rehab, you are in a position to look back on your time as an addict with fresh eyes. Now that you’re in a more positive place and feel better physically and mentally, it becomes extraordinarily clear how chaotic your life was when you were actively drinking alcohol or using...

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