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How Therapeutic Recreation Helps With Addiction Recovery

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When many people imagine therapy in rehab, they picture a group therapy session. It may have involved sharing personal stories, challenges, and success, which are all vital to healing and a major part of treatment. However, it’s not the only therapeutic approach. At Lakeview Health, for instance, we offer therapeutic recreation programs. Call today at

Experiential Therapy Activities

woman riding bike with surfboard attached participating in experiential therapy activities

A beautiful aspect of addiction therapy programs is the fact that there are multiple options to help people heal. There are dozens of addiction therapy options, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Some possibilities have you working with a therapist one on one, talking out problems. Others have you in a group. Still

This Is Your Brain On Drugs

We now know that chronic substance use—with both alcohol and drugs—actually changes the chemistry and structure of the brain. That sounds serious, and it is, but there are some positives and some solutions as well, which I’ll get to in a minute. First, the science. A rewards program taken hostage There’s a section of the

12 Actions I Took When I Realized My Son Had Substance Use Disorder

In a previous post on this site, I discussed the moment it became clear that my adult son had substance use disorder (SUD). After years of run-ins, legal messes, and stress for our family, we finally knew what we were dealing with.  With this post I want to return to that moment of clarity. Or

The Latest on Gender Responsive Treatment for Addiction

Before we get to the pluses and minuses (mostly pluses!) of this increasingly popular addiction treatment approach, let’s define two key terms first: gender-specific treatment versus gender-responsive treatment.  Gender-specific treatment in a rehab setting simply means having separate facilities—one for women, one for men. During daily programming, the two genders sometimes stay separate, and sometimes

7 Things I Did Right as the Parent of a Young Adult with Substance Use Disorder

Before we get to my top seven—in order of importance, no less—some quick context for you.  My son started abusing alcohol and drugs in high school. By age 24, he was using heroin intravenously and had full-blown substance use disorder (SUD). Those were some very difficult years for me, my wife, my daughters, and especially

Co-Occurring Disorders: A Hopeful Update

Sometimes called dual diagnosis, this condition is common, confounding, and entirely treatable. The great news right off the bat: We’re discovering better ways to treat people with co-occurring disorder, which is when a person has both a substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental illness such as depression, anxiety disorder, or PTSD. That’s an especially

Men and Self-Care

June is National Men’s Health Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to talk about the importance of self-care for men and the benefits it can have on both mental and physical health. One mental health topic that tends to get overlooked, particularly when talking about the male population, is trauma.  Men often struggle to

Reaching a Moment of Clarity

woman reaching a moment of clarity during addiction recovery

An awful realization about my son’s drug use points the way forward It was spring, 2014, and we’d been planning our family vacation for months. The soon-to-be travelers were me, my wife, and our three grown children. We were excited.  Just weeks before our scheduled departure, we got the news that our son’s passport renewal

4 Triggers of Trauma

4 Trauma Triggers And how you can work through them. Unfortunately, trauma and addiction often go hand in hand. While studies on the correlation between these two topics are still relatively new, we see that it is not uncommon for patients to turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to cope with the negative