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16 07, 2017

15 Awe-Inspiring Books about Drug Abuse

By Berkeley Dains| 2017-08-09T00:56:44+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

One of the best ways to understand addiction is to read about it. In psychology this is called bibliotherapy. It is a therapeutic technique whereby you read books about the disorder you are dealing with, in this case addiction. Bibliotherapy is helpful for people who are hoping to recovery from [...]

3 07, 2017

How Long Does it Take to Get Addicted to Alcohol?

By Berkeley Dains| 2017-08-09T00:56:34+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Long Does it Take to Get Addicted to Alcohol? It is often hard to measure exactly how long it takes for addiction to occur. Let's start by looking at a few of the complicating factors. For one, how will we define addiction? Some studies define addiction as physical dependence, [...]

15 06, 2017

How to Deal with Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

By Berkeley Dains| 2017-08-09T00:56:19+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

There are two stages of withdrawal, and they each require a different approach. Most are familiar with the acute stage, which occurs immediately and usually lasts a few weeks at most. This is when the person is most likely to experience physical symptoms of withdrawal. However, it is possible to [...]

12 06, 2017

Dating in Recovery – Building Healthy Relationships

By Berkeley Dains| 2017-08-09T00:56:05+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dating is one of those things that can really change the course of someone's recovery. Dating in recovery can be confusing, whether it's two addicts in a relationship or a "normie" and addict dating. There are many suggestions, unofficial guidelines, and things to consider when building relationships surrounding recovery. Dating [...]

31 05, 2017

Morning Meditation with Dr. Kerrigan, Clinical Director Changing Tides Treatment Programs

By Berkeley Dains| 2017-08-30T17:12:37+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dr. Kerrigan joined the Allstare Clinical Team at ChangingTides Treatment 2 months ago and has already proved himself to be a rockstar. He handles the following with ease; Assessment; treatment planning; individual, family, and group therapy; and discharge planning for adult males with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental illnesses [...]

25 05, 2017

12 Step Alternatives and Different Recovery Programs

By Berkeley Dains| 2017-08-09T00:55:45+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

12 Step Alternatives & Different Recovery Programs It seems that when people talk about 12 step alternatives or non 12 step programs of recovery, they are sometimes met with resistance. Especially in the treatment industry, twelve-step recovery is treated as a necessity for a healthy sober life. Although there are [...]

17 05, 2017

4th Step Inventory Guide

By Berkeley Dains| 2017-08-14T19:45:44+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

4th Step Inventory Guide The 4th step inventory is perhaps one of the most well-known pieces of twelve-step programs. Originally introduced in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, the fourth step states that we ”Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” As this step can be difficult, [...]

10 05, 2017

The Amazing Power of Expressive Arts Therapy

By Berkeley Dains| 2017-08-09T00:54:31+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This is a story about a young woman with a heroin addiction. I shall call her Claire. Claire had two small children and a husband whom she was very close with.  At the time I worked with her she was around thirty years old. She came to me for two [...]

4 05, 2017

10 Effective Ways to Keep Your Recovery Fresh

By Berkeley Dains| 2017-08-09T00:54:00+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve step programs sometimes get a bad rap from people in recovery, so much so that many centers and organizations have come up with alternatives to the twelve steps. It isn’t so much that the steps are or the program of recovery is drastically different than [...]