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

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 [...]

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

Dating in Recovery – Building Healthy Relationships

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

12 Step Alternatives and Different Recovery Programs

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 [...]

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

4th Step Inventory Guide

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, [...]

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

The Amazing Power of Expressive Arts Therapy

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 [...]

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

10 Effective Ways to Keep Your Recovery Fresh

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 [...]

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

5 Ways to Use Technology for Your Recovery

Many of us have our cell phones with us all day long, some of us sit in front of computers all day, and all of us interact with technology regularly. We can get distracted by all of the digital activity going on, but we can also use technology to our [...]

By Berkeley Dains| 2017-08-09T00:55:00+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments