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Antisocial Personality Disorder and Addiction

There is a variety of mental health disorders that occur in combination with addiction. One of those common disorders is the antisocial personality disorder. It is a psychological condition that is associated with destructive thinking, perception, and relationships with others.
Individuals […]

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The Importance of Family Therapy in Addiction Recovery

An addiction can destroy families as much as it can destroy the individual.  The causes of substance abuse are varied and complex and family issues can contribute to and perpetuate the addiction. Addiction is often called a “family disease” since […]

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Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery and Treatment

Mindfulness is the human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing. It means that we are aware of our thoughts and feelings, and ideally, that we observe them without being overly reactive […]

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How Life Coaching Aids in Addiction Recovery

Life coaching is a cooperation between an accredited life coach and a client designed to help addicted individuals reclaim their lives.  It is a type of assistance that serves to promote a successful recovery and engaging lifestyle without an oppressive […]

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An Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy that aims to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes. Developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha Linehan, it was originally designed to […]

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Most Effective Holistic Therapies for Addiction Treatment

A growing trend in healthcare for the past few decades has been holistic treatment for a wide range of ailments. Substance abuse and addiction treatment is no exception to this, and a variety of holistic treatment programs are applied in […]

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Adventure Therapy for Addiction Recovery

Adventure Therapy is a widely recognized treatment approach that uses outdoor activities that involve risk and create emotional or physical challenges for the patient. It is an exciting treatment experience that helps individuals discover themselves and how they work with […]

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Nutritional Therapy in Holistic Addiction Treatment

Until recently, addicts could eat anything they craved. Anything was better than substance abuse, so addicts would turn to junk food and high sugar intake. However, newer studies have shown junk food and high sugar intakes can result in the same […]

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How Equine Assisted Therapy Is Used in Recovery

Equine Therapy, also known as Horse Therapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, is a form of experiential therapy that makes use of horses in order to promote emotional growth. Equine therapy is particularly applied to patient battling with addiction, anxiety, […]

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Art Therapy: The Benefits of Being Creative in Rehab

The American Art Therapy Association defines art therapy as “the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development.”
Art therapy in rehabilitation centers is […]

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