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The Role of Spiritual Counseling in Treatment

By Wesley Gallagher If you know anything about addiction treatment, you’ve probably heard about 12-Step programs and the importance of spiritual counseling in the process. In fact, the second step in the series involves believing in a “higher power,” and many of the following steps explicitly mention God. Read More

Celebrating Independence and Those Who Keep Us Free

By Anna McKenzie Every year on July 4th, Independence Day, we celebrate our nation’s freedom and the people who have fought to keep us free — our military service members. But at times, it’s our present and former service members whose welfare is poorly prioritized. Because of what they experience… Read More

Sand Tray Therapy: What Is It and How Does It Work?

By Anna McKenzie Most of us haven’t played in a sandbox in years, and while we might jokingly refer to a vacation at the beach as “sand therapy,” neither of these activities are officially “therapeutic.” Sand can play a role in treatment, though, in the form of Sand Tray Therapy. Read More

Why Length of Stay Matters

By Anna McKenzie Does it really matter how long you stay at an addiction treatment facility? When you’re thinking about going to an alcohol or drug rehab program, you may wonder about how long it will take to start healing. You may also be concerned about the length of… Read More

How Vets Can Get Addiction Treatment with TRICARE

By Christa Banister For anyone who doesn’t have a family member, colleague, or close friend who has served in the military, sometimes the only window into the unique challenges of a soldier’s life is from a big-budget blockbuster like 1917, Saving Private Ryan, or Platoon — or more detailed accounts… Read More

The ABCs of Somatic Experiencing®

By Christa Banister When an experience, a particular set of circumstances, or unresolved events from the past shatter your sense of security and well-being in the present, the physical and psychological effects of trauma can linger. Sometimes, the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may last a few… Read More

Beyond Words: How Expressive Arts Help Heal

By Christa Banister Mention the word “therapy” and for many people, a very specific image springs to mind. An overstuffed couch. Someone dutifully taking notes. Questions about your childhood. Lots and lots and lots of talking.  Thankfully, therapy can be about much more than talk. For those who may find… Read More

To Thine Own Self Be True

By Dr. Shelley Uram Authentic Self What is it? Where does it come from? Why don’t most of us know about it? Most of us are well acquainted with aspects of our personality, like being a nice person, an addict, a good employee, the therapist, the hero, the traumatized person,… Read More

The Anxiety of Living with Unresolved Grief

By Tian Dayton, Ph.D., Psychologist, Author, Psychodramatist, Senior Fellow at The Meadows Grief that’s out in the open, part of the natural cycle of life, or part of one of life’s tragic circumstances has a dignity to it. The person experiencing a loss feels that they have a right to… Read More