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Addiction is a response to trauma – my Halloween story

2022-11-06T11:12:34-05:00August 9, 2021|Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Addiction Recovery Programs, Alcohol and Drug Interventions, Articles, Family Interventions, Family Recovery, Interventions, Our Stories, Recovery Coach, Recovery Coaching|

I don’t know how a trauma in my family a few generations back might show up in my life, that is until I recently passed up buying a pumpkin. I stood in front of a beautiful pumpkin at a farm stand. It was marked half price and I stood in front of it, frozen, unable to decide if I wanted to buy it. I walked away from that pumpkin feeling sick to my stomach.

Case Study: Ella battles addiction and mental health issues

2022-11-05T20:23:17-04:00December 10, 2020|Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Addiction Recovery Programs, Articles, case studies, Concierge Recovery Services, Family Interventions, Our Stories, Recovery Coach, Recovery Coaching|

To determine how to help someone, it is necessary to hear the stories of the people around them. To find the right facility for a person in need, we need to know whether the issue is an addiction or a mental health problem or both.

Vivitrol: An Important Tool for Recovery

2022-11-06T13:34:27-05:00April 24, 2020|Addiction, Addiction Medicine, Addiction Recovery, Medication Assisted Treatment MAT, Recovery Coach, Recovery Coaching, suboxone and vivitrol|

Vivitrol is a relatively new medication used to manage alcohol or opioid dependence. It’s a long-acting injection of the drug naltrexone, effective for about 28 days, which offers the convenience of a once-a-month injection over taking a pill every day. Vivitrol is a “hard stop” to opiate addiction; once it’s in the body, it’s impossible for the person taking it to get “high” from opioids.

12-Steps: from imperfection to perfection

2022-11-06T10:53:36-05:00April 10, 2020|Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Addiction Recovery Programs, Articles, Recovery Coach, Recovery Coaching|

I don’t know how I got to 12 years, but I do know that I stuck out going to recovery meetings; I have few that I regularly attend, week after week, year after year. My friends are in these meetings. I recognize just about everyone in attendance, and I look forward to going and catching up with them weekly.

Aftercare: Reintegrating the Family

2022-11-06T11:20:06-05:00April 10, 2020|Addiction, Addiction Recovery Programs, Alcoholics Anonymous, Articles, Family Interventions, Family Recovery, Our Stories, Recovery Coach, Recovery Coaching|

Returning home, after treatment, is where the rubber meets the road in recovery. Most treatment facilities have family programs where clinicians begin working with the family as soon as the patient checks in. This can be key to long-term success, for both the patient and the family.

Recovery After Rehab: There Has to Be A Plan

2022-11-06T11:48:55-05:00February 25, 2020|Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Alcohol and Drug Interventions, Alcoholics Anonymous, Concierge Recovery Services, Family Interventions, Family Recovery, Recovery Coach, Recovery Coaching|

A 30-day treatment program is only the beginning of recovery; the most important part of treatment is what happens when someone returns home. After care for rehabilitation is essential to the full recovery process. Maintaining sobriety in the confines of a treatment center is easy, but when someone returns home all of the stressors and triggers will still be there.  

How Pre-flight Planning and Intervention Are Related

2022-11-11T17:00:05-05:00February 22, 2020|Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Addiction Recovery Programs, Alcohol and Drug Interventions, Family Interventions, How to Host an Intervention, Interventions, Uncategorized|

I liken my approach to addiction interventions to that of getting an airplane ready to fly. Just as a pilot must exhaust a list of external factors in order to fly successfully, a successful intervention requires just as much forethought.

Let’s talk about Ritalin and Adderall

2022-11-11T16:19:34-05:00January 8, 2020|Addiction, Addiction Medicine, Addiction Recovery, Articles, Interventions, Medication Assisted Treatment MAT, Recovery Coach, Uncategorized|

It’s clear that long term use of ADHD medications can be harmful and addictive, especially when used by individuals who do not suffer from ADHD. However, it is a lot less clear how to solve the problem, especially since we inevitably come up against the interests of huge pharmaceutical corporations.

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