Category Archives: Treatment

Treatments for Substance Use Disorders


Treating substance abuse disorders can be challenging but, with the right treatment methods, sobriety is possible. Finding the right treatment is one of the most important decisions you will make during your recovery. There are several programs and methods to choose from, and you must choose a treatment program that is the most beneficial for […]

Intensive Outpatient Programs: An Overview

Substance abuse intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) offer services for people who are suffering from drug and alcohol addiction but do not require medically supervised detoxification or 24-hr supervision. IOPs share some similarities with residential treatment programs, but the structures of the two are vastly different. IOPs allow you to continue direct services while adjusting to […]

Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment: An Overview

Choosing an addiction treatment program is one of the most consequential decisions you will make during your journey to sobriety. The program that you select will be the foundation for your recovery, so it is imperative to choose one that addresses your individual needs.   Most treatment programs fall into two categories: inpatient treatment or […]

What is Community Care?

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We often hear about the importance of self-care in the era of mental health clickbait and an increasing desire for likes on social media. But what about community care? What about putting systems in place so that people don’t feel so alone in the world? It Starts With a Neighborhood Imagine neighbors passing one another with […]

The Relationship Between Therapist and Client


The relationship between the therapist and the client is a working relationship that depends on how the client wants to direct conversations. In this relationship, there are varying degrees of transference and countertransference. The relationship evolves over time, and in a healthy, working relationship, the client will disclose some of the most intimate aspects of […]

Relish in Your Accomplishments


Never be afraid to pat yourself on the back. With having lived the amount of life that you have, you have garnered a lot of cumulative knowledge. You apply that knowledge to assist your lived experience best. To effectively relish in your accomplishments, you can remember the people who assisted you, give yourself the credit […]

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month — a time to take stock in accomplishments with sobriety and acknowledge those still struggling with substance use disorder. Started in the late 1980s by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, this month pays respect to everyone struggling with the effects of alcohol and its aftermath. Drinking alcohol is […]

What is Solution-Focused Therapy?

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Solution-focused therapy is an evidence-based practice to assist people of all age ranges in dealing with a wide variety of complex challenges. To date, there are over 150 randomized controlled trials supporting the benefits of this practice. It is often a brief intervention to help manage complex situations in a short time frame. This technique focuses on […]

What is Trauma-Informed Care?

Trauma underpins most major mental illnesses and substance use disorders. When life deals someone with a challenging card, they only have so many ways to cope. There are genetic and environmental factors that guide the decisions we make in the wake of trauma. Some turn to alcohol or drugs, some experience psychosis; others enter significant […]

How to Use Socratic Questioning in Therapy


You can learn about a person and help them come to realizations about themselves by asking them a series of questions. Named for the Greek philosopher Socrates, this method of conversing helps people get to the heart of the matter. Questions, in this theory, have a particular direction and follow a logical path. Therapists use […]