mindfullness

When residents enter into treatment, often they fear the physical withdrawal symptoms and forget about the emotional and psychological withdrawal symptoms that can make long-term sobriety so difficult. These emotional and psychological symptoms comprise the second stage of withdrawal, called “Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome” or P.A.W.S. There is no set length of time that these …

Many of the residents who enter treatment at AToN express a desire to explore alternate paths for achieving and sustaining recovery.  At AToN we encourage residents in this endeavor by having them examine all aspects of self; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  This spiritual aspect can be mysterious or elusive. During our week-end spirituality groups …

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 …