Dr Cassandra Cannon

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 AToN‘s Foundations for Recovery is, “Live with a higher purpose.” I think this foundation is …

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 been arrested for drug related charges.  Per RTE Ten news, the elder Chan stated,  “With …

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 physical health. Below are some tips from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: …

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 themselves and others, and frightened about the new chapter to come: Recovery.  Very quickly the …

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 this treatment.  Our residents learn how to identify their “automatic thoughts” which in turn influence …