coping strategies

Stages of Recovery

The progression of alcoholism and addiction usually passes through several declining stages before an individual makes the decision to enter treatment. What might have started as a path to increase socialization and well-being often can lead to a solitary and lonely existence. This isolation can even become normalized as a function of the disease. While …

The First Step ~ Believe

Sometimes the biggest challenge we face is our own belief. Beliefs can support us, empower us, and guide us in our daily decisions. They can also limit us and work against our natural desires for happiness and success. Believing that you can remain free from drugs and alcohol is the first step. Gradually we can …

We begin considering discharge planning for our residents from the beginning of their treatment here at AToN Center. We do this to set our residents up for the most successful transition back out into the world as possible. Our residents get quite a bit of Exposure Therapy while in treatment that takes place mainly on …

An important part of treatment is to learn how to manage cravings when they occur.  Cravings can be characterized as an intense desire to use a substance that can feel almost impossible to withstand.  Fortunately, if you have learned coping management skills, you can have the self confidence to make it through these intense periods …

April is Stress Awareness Month and AToN Center is joining other healthcare professionals in increasing the understanding that stress has upon individual’s emotional and physical health. Managing stress is an important part of a well balanced recovery program. Stress has many effects on the mind and body; neurologically, stressful situations often increase the likelihood of …

This week-end I was privileged to witness AToN residents creating beautiful floral arrangements as part of a mindfulness and meditation exercise. The exercise illustrated the unique way each individual approached problem solving. Residents found the opportunity to tap into their creativity, to embrace nature and its natural flow, and to learn a healthy coping technique …