Monthly Archives: July 2015

Why Am I Still Smoking Cigarettes Now That I Am in Recovery?

July 29th, 2015|

"Coffee and smoking are the last great addictions." ~Lara Flynn Boyle If you have ever gone into a regular 12-step meeting, you have without a doubt passed through the gauntlet of smokers sitting and standing outside partaking in what may be the only vice they have left. In fact, if you have ever attended an "Old Timer's" meeting, they probably did all of their smoking indoors. The air in the meeting room is thickly hazy and the walls are stained yellow with years' or even decades' worth of nicotine. The link between cigarette smoking and

The Real Story About Video Game Addiction

July 29th, 2015|

"This fantasy world allows endless opportunities to the gamer to keep feeding their addiction. It's not the game that is the problem, it is other problems in their lives that they cannot control. The game allows a person to escape from reality and take control of the world." ~Sam Schaperow, licensed marriage and family therapist counselor When most people think of someone suffering from an addiction, they envision an alcoholic or drug addict lost in the throes of their compulsion.  What they may not realize is that addiction can take many forms, including a chronic

All about Co-Occurring Disorders

July 29th, 2015|

  The most effective manner to treat co-occurring disorders is to use a comprehensive "dual-treatment" approach, where both conditions are approached as the primary disorder. In other words, a personalized plan is drafted to offer relief from the symptoms of both maladies. Treating one illness while ignoring the other gives the recovering addict an incomplete skill set and can leave them woefully unprepared to face the challenges of a clean and sober life. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that addiction and some common mental disorders might co-occur and have a multiplied

Benefits of Pet Therapy in the Recovery Process

July 29th, 2015|

"We suggest that the dog interaction activities and/or the dog itself could potentially serve as a non-drug stimulus that may heighten the adolescents' response to naturally-occurring stimuli, therefore potentially helping to restore the brain's normal process." ~lead researcher Lindsay Ellsworth, Washington State University Addiction is a highly individualized disease that can manifest with an extremely wide variance of symptoms and severity among those who suffer from it. This makes treatment particularly problematic, because what works for one person or group of people might not be effective on someone else. It is for this reason that