May 10, 2013

Drug Abuse Rates Soar in the Baby Boomer Population

If you are between the ages of 50-54, you have probably seen the number of your friends and acquaintances using illicit drugs double in the last few years. If you are ages 55-59, you have seen them triple. The problem used to be mostly alcohol, but prescription drug abuse is a greater and ever growing […]

Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Anxiety, Current Events, Drug Treatment
March 11, 2013

Caregivers Can Benefit From Therapy

Last week, The New York Times ran an interesting article about caregivers of the elderly who experience post-traumatic stress-like symptoms and could benefit from therapy.  As I read the article, it occurred to me that caregivers of addicts are not so dissimilar. Whenever we are asked to help families arrange an intervention or when we […]

Addiction Recovery, Anxiety, Drug Treatment, Mental Health, Relationships
March 8, 2013

Letting Go to Achieve More

Last week, Dr. Mark Hyman wrote a fantastic article about “letting go” that was published in the Huffington Post.  There is something for everyone to take away here.  Whether you are setting goals to maintain your addiction recovery or you are simply working toward a life with less stress, Dr. Hyman’s suggestions about letting go […]

Addiction Recovery, Anxiety, Complementary Therapies, Mental Health
March 1, 2013

Women Under Pressure Turn To Prescription Medication recently reported on the downside of what many people are calling “superwomen syndrome.” This term refers to the pressure women today feel to “do-it-all.” From raising children, to excelling at work, to keeping up a fit physique, women are bombarded on all sides by the pressure to be perfect. Of course the images that […]

Addiction Recovery, Addiction to Pharmaceuticals, Anxiety, Drug Treatment, Holistic Treatment Protocols, Mental Health
February 26, 2013

To Increase Productivity, Do Less

Creating a healthy lifestyle is essential to maintaining sobriety and part of healthy living is learning to effectively manage stress. Addicts tend to suffer from anxiety and can feel constant overwhelming stress. There is a tendency to overwork as they try to keep their mind off using in the months after treatment. Even while abusing […]

Addiction Recovery, Anxiety, Drug Treatment, Mental Health
February 13, 2013

Horses Continue to Captivate: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Benefits of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy As Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”  That undefinable “something” that Churchill refers to is no less powerful in the 21st century.  Since the domestication of horses some six thousand ago, human beings have […]

Addiction Recovery, Anxiety, Depression Treatment
January 30, 2013

Busy Hands Relieve Anxiety

Many times, when addicts are anxious, I encourage them to do something constructive with their hands. This may be knitting, needlepoint, doodling, drawing – literally anything that will keep their hands busy. Busy hands relieve anxiety and create a quiet mind. When I was early in my recovery, I had a terrible time sitting still. […]

January 28, 2013

Overcoming Anxiety

Anxiety is the feeling of fear or apprehension over a perceived or possible danger or challenge. In other words, anxiety is the fear of something that is not real or not currently happening. It is a future oriented mood state. Addicts often experience anxiety – before going into treatment and as part of the withdrawal […]