Yearly Archives: 2017

Anxiety & Addiction

What Is Anxiety, Really? According to the American Psychological Association, Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. In and of itself, anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It calls our attention to the perceived problem at hand and moves us to take action to … Read More

Depression & Addiction

Depression isn’t an easy thing to talk about. There are so many opinions on the issue, ranging from informed and knowledge-based to limited and prejudiced, that most people (affected or otherwise) would rather just keep to themselves. “Everybody has bad days”, some say, “I ‘get depressed’ all the time”. And it’s true, most people experience … Read More

Seeking Treatment for Young Adults

Identifying the problem Addiction rates in young adults continue to rise and the addiction epidemic doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all solution. Individuals seeking addiction treatment often have cooccurring disorders.  Offering the best-suited level of treatment starts with identifying and understanding the problem of each individual. A young adult rehab & treatment provider will often ask questions … Read More

Self-Esteem & Addiction in Women

Clinical evidence unanimously supports a link between self-esteem and addiction – particularly in women with addiction issues. Worth is a Basic Need Abraham Maslow, in his hierarchy of needs, placed esteem in the second to highest category. Human beings, he theorized, have a basic need to feel respected, including the need to maintain self-esteem and … Read More

Trauma-Informed Addiction Treatment

For a long time, Addiction Treatment was considered (and administered as) an exclusive service. Providers and agencies assessed, planned and delivered care – primary as well as continuing – within the scope of addictive disorders only. In recent decades, clinical research has confirmed the prevalence of mental health diagnoses that are co-occurring with substance use … Read More

MAT: Let’s Get It All On The Table

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a priority topic (and a controversial one), in the addiction treatment and recovery industries. But what – exactly – is it? Medication Assisted Treatment: The Facts Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including opioid treatment programs (OTPs), combine behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. The various methods and interventions employed in MAT … Read More

The Continuum of Care

When you hear the term Rehab you probably think of what most people think of: a place – either a resort style private rehab center or an institutional style hospital – where individuals with debilitating addictions go away for 28 to 30 days and then head home again. Many individuals and families approach PA addiction rehab that way – a short-term, … Read More

Mindfulness Makes Recovery Possible

In 1979, Kabat-Zinn developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to teach individuals with chronic physical health and mental health problems how to improve their lives. The cornerstone of the MBSR program is Mindfulness Meditation, an ancient practice originally derived from Buddhist Vispassana meditation. MBSR is often used as an adjunctive therapeutic modality for a range of problems and … Read More