Category: Dr Cassandra Cannon

A Message to Families of Substance Abusers

A Message to Families of Substance Abusers

Many of you may have heard that Jackie Chan, who is a Narcotics Control Ambassador for the Chinese police, and is an anti-drug advocate, has been struggling with some recent events.  It has become known that his son, Jaycee, has …

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Support Recovery Residents Give to Each Other

Support that Recovery Residents Give to Each Other

One of the most common things I notice here at AToN Center is the support that our residents give to each other.  When a new resident walks into our doors, they have been in isolation; hiding their use, lying to …

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Live With a Higher Purpose

Live With a Higher Purpose

Lately I have found myself asking our residents the following question: “What do you do that brings you self fulfillment and joy?” This question is often met with a shrug of the shoulders or a blank stare.   One of …

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Manage Emotions In Recovery

One of the foundations of recovery as taught at AToN Center is the importance of managing emotions. This seems to be a stumbling block that can be overcome when we have realistic expectations regarding emotional health. One of the biggest …

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Do I Have a Problem with Addiction?

It can be difficult to look in the mirror and admit it.  How do you admit that you’ve got a problem that seems so overwhelming? The stigma of the word, “addiction,” is enough to bury your head in the sand. …

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Approach Coping Responses

At AToN Center, a large portion of treatment is focusing on developing positive coping responses to life’s stressors that can precipitate relapse. So an important question to ask is: “What are the best types of coping responses?” Recent research suggests …

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Relapse Prevention and Abstinence Self–Efficacy

Some researchers in the field of addictive behaviors have focused on the concept of “Abstinence self–efficacy”, which is defined as the confidence to abstain from using alcohol or drugs in different situations. Multiple research studies have identified increased abstinence self–efficacy …

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Benefits of Meditation in Recovery

At AToN Center, we strive to educate our residents on how to balance the mind, body and spirit. One important tool that many of our residents utilize is meditation. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years, and for good …

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Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month! Unfortunately, we all have stress in our lives. Some stress we are able to eliminate. When are are not able to eliminate stress, it is important to take good care of our emotional, spiritual and …

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Thoughts

Our thoughts are powerful.  So powerful, that an entire style of therapy has been centered around how we identify and manage our thoughts.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidenced based treatment for substance dependence, and AToN’s curriculum is centered on …

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