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Opiate Addiction and Recovery

Over the last decade, we have seen opiate addiction skyrocket, as well as opioid overdose rates. While there are paths to recovery from opiate addiction, first, it’s important to understand what opiates are, what addiction may look like, and recovery options. What are Opiates? Opiates, or opioids, are controlled, narcotic, prescription painkillers. They are typically…

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist And Patient

What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a form of psychotherapy that aims to change clients’ negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors to improve functioning and overall quality of life. CBT is shown to effectively treat conditions like addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, relationship issues, phobias, and other mental health issues. CBT is a gold standard in…

Dialectical Behavior Therapist And Patient

What Is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), an outgrowth of CBT, is evidence-based psychotherapy originally developed for treating individuals with borderline personality disorder and chronically suicidal behaviors. The chronic and pervasive self-destructive behavior, low self-esteem, and negative view of self associated with long-term addiction are similar to those chronically suicidal. DBT is highly effective and used widely in…

Man Living In Recovery

The Stages of Addiction Recovery

While each person will have a unique path to recovery, there are several general stages of addiction recovery most people go through in the healing process. Everyone who goes through addiction, detox, and treatment will go through the stages of recovery in one way or another. There are five primary stages of recovery: Precontemplation stage Contemplation…