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Trauma unwound: EMDR therapy uses eye movement to process pain

EMDR therapy

Recovering from trauma is never a walk in the park, but one of the most powerful tools to help patients do so, EMDR therapy, sure started out that way. EMDR — Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing — is the brainchild of psychologist Francine Shapiro, who began her career as an English teacher before being diagnosed…

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Fitness therapy and addiction recovery: A proven combination of success

fitness therapy and addiction recovery

On the surface, a gym on the campus of a drug and alcohol treatment facility might seem an odd addition. With a little prodding, however, most people reach that a-ha moment fairly quickly: Of course fitness therapy for addiction recovery is an ideal tool for struggling patients. After all, addiction and exercise affect the same…

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Schema therapy: Helping misplaced mental ‘index cards’ find a new home

Schema therapy

It’s not a word that’s used in casual parlance, nor does it roll easy off the tongue, but Schema therapy has a valuable place alongside other modalities of psychological treatment for a number of behavioral disorders. Pronounced “SKEE-muh,” it’s a form of psychotherapy pioneered by Dr. Jeffrey Young in the 1980s, but its roots date…

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APEX therapy: A form of treatment at the crossroads of recovery and vocation

APEX therapy

APEX therapy may not provide direct answers when recovering addicts and alcoholics question their newly sober identities, but it can provide some clues. Once the drugs and alcohol are stripped away in addiction treatment, patients often face something of an existential crisis. “Who am I,” they wonder, “if I’m not an addict or an alcoholic?”…

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): A middle path through extremes

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Patients who make the best candidates for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are often trapped in the yin-yang pull of binary thinking. Their brains slingshot back and forth between two areas of thought: The idea that stressful emotions surrounding negative events is a way of life that must be accepted, and the overwhelming desire to change…

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Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): An evidenced-based approach to healing trauma

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): It is a moment frozen in time, something so cataclysmic and life-altering that the human brain is unable to process in a healthy way, necessitating the application of treatments like Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Rather than fading as memories tend to do, their precise details dulled around the edges by time,…

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Cornerstone of Recovery launches new non-narcotic pain management program

non-narcotic pain management at Cornerstone of Recovery

Now, perhaps more than ever before, there’s a need for non-narcotic pain management within the framework of addiction treatment. Consider a recent staggering revelation: Over the course of 2006 to 2012, pharmaceutical companies flooded America with 76 billion opioid pills [1], enough to supply every man, woman and child in the country with 36 pills…

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Ten excuses for not going to drug or alcohol rehab and why they’re weak

They won’t leave you alone, will they? Ever since family members have discovered that you use drugs, they keep bringing up that word: Rehab. “You need to go to rehab,” dad says. “Have you thought about one of those drug rehab places?” grandma suggests. Even your friends may become part of the chorus: “Maybe you…

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