Category: drugs

Can Polysubstance Abuse Be Treated?

Treatment for substance use can be tricky, as it requires a combination of mental, emotional, and physical approaches to recover. Adding a second substance makes it harder to treat, and when we have been using multiple substances or suffer from …

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Underestimation

In working with residents at the AToN center I am often struck by how easy it is for a person to underestimate the strength of their addiction.  Many people can spend years in a cycle of dependence on their substances …

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Drinking Alcohol And Using Drugs

We humans are communal by nature. We depend on each other for our physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. Drinking alcohol and using drugs, however, separate us from our community. That separation fuels the addictive cycle and causes further negative …

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The Basics of Early Recovery and Self Care

The Basics of Early Recovery and Self Care

In conducting therapy with clients at the AToN Center I often see many highly functioning people with multiple responsibilities who are sustaining their complex lifestyles, often temporally, with drugs and alcohol. I often recommend that people get back to the …

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Internal & External Triggers

Triggers can be feelings, experiences, people, places, and things that you associate with your drinking or drug use. There are different types of triggers: internal, external, and sensory triggers. All three usually work together to create a craving. INTERNAL TRIGGERS …

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Creativity in Sobriety

An initial challenge that many face in getting sober is the vacuum of time and energy which presents itself when no longer occupied by an addiction.  While in the thralls of using and abusing substances this can become the primary …

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Goal Setting

We can choose to begin something new every day, every minute of every day… Goal setting and getting clear on values and what is really important in our lives is a huge part of what we do in recovery from …

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Hope in Recovery

Recovery means facing the things one has been running from, drinking away, using over, and avoiding somehow for many years. It’s viewed often as the hardest thing one does, let go of the vices that seem to make life tolerable. …

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Doing Whatever It Takes

Often times in early recovery there can be a desire to get back to the “important things in life.” One may start to be more aware of the consequences of drinking and using and feel a strong pull to fix …

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Relationships and Recovery

As a Psychologist at the AToN Center I often assist our residents explore how their relationships will be affected by their recovery. When a person is in the thick of their addiction they can have relationships where they hide their …

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