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Challenges for Dual-Diagnosis Patients

January 31, 2017 8:57 am - - Leave your thoughts

Dual-diagnosis patients or patients who are diagnosed with more than one mental illness (usually a mental illness such as depression or bipolar disorder in combination with addiction), require a unique and customized treatment plan for the best possible outcome. The best way to ensure a patient with more than one […]

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Addressing Addiction in Friendships

January 30, 2017 9:01 am - - Leave your thoughts

Close friends are often the first to notice a drug or alcohol problem, yet it can be painfully challenging for them to initiate an open, honest conversation about their concerns. They may feel as if they’re overreacting or fear their friend’s reaction or the loss of a friendship. All of […]

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I Get To Do This

January 27, 2017 3:14 pm - - Leave your thoughts

I Get To Do This As a social worker for His House Her House Residential Treatment Centers I have the privilege to work with many of our clients when they are in treatment.  I meet with them while they are in residential treatment (sometimes, participating in groups ),and as they […]

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Tips for the New Intern

January 27, 2017 3:10 pm - - Leave your thoughts

Tips for the New Intern By: Michelle Ghirelli   Nothing will fully prepare you for being a drug and alcohol counselor like actual experience in an internship.  You can read books, attend lectures, and write papers but the real learning will happen when you are working hands-on in the field. […]

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Kundalini, Part 2

January 27, 2017 3:05 pm - - Leave your thoughts

Kundalini, Part 2   In “The Energies of Men,”William James offers this bit of wisdom: “Everyone is familiar with the phenomenon of feeling more or less alive on different days.” While this statement is true for everyone, it is especially important for people in early recovery. The symptoms of post […]

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A Life Changed by Her House.

January 27, 2017 3:02 pm - - Leave your thoughts

A Life Changed by Her House.   I was a wife, mother of two, fashion designer and Boutique owner, living what seemed on the outside something completely different of what was in the inside. A lifetime of internal turmoil slowly making its way to the surface and completely out of […]

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My Stay at Merito House

January 27, 2017 2:59 pm - - Leave your thoughts

Brandon M   My Stay at Merito House   Before I came to treatment, my life was on the fringe.  I was on the verge of losing everything that I worked so hard for.  My car had just broken down, and the winter was approaching, and it was getting to […]

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Sobriety & Family Relationships

Sobriety and Family Relationships

January 18, 2017 7:58 am - - Leave your thoughts

Alcohol treatment centers tend to address this issue because it is common among people who have newly found sobriety. Friends, family, and loved ones might not trust that the treatment “took.” It is common that the addict has lied to the people they love, have hidden their drug use, and […]

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