Video – An algorithmic guide for ongoing self-assessment

  Treating trauma and addiction as co occurring disorders is challenging. This self-assessment ‘algorithm’ can help clients recognize behaviors as reactive (if they are still controlled by their addiction/trauma) or responsive (if they are thinking behavior through as part of long-term recovery). Toby Lineaweaver (MA, LMHC) presents the topic.   For a PDF of the…

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Video – Following Doctor’s Orders

  Addiction recovery is easier when patients take a more serious approach, following their ‘doctor’s orders.’ Toby Lineaweaver (LMHC) and Alyssa Horton (NCRC-II) discuss.   Visit this link for a companion piece to the video.  

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The Link Between Depression and Addiction

There is a very close link between depression and addiction. Depression causes addiction.  Addiction causes depression.   30% to 40% of people who are suffering from depression are also addicted to prescription drugs.   When we’re low, we feel depressed, anxious, and at the point of panic. We feel terrible, and we’re desperate to feel…

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Sober Retreat – Penikese: The Place to Be Is Where You Are

article provided by Toby Lineaweaver, MA, LMHC, Senior Clinician and Community Liaison     This summer, leadership of the Penikese Island School invited Recovering Champions to conduct a sober retreat on Penikese Island, and after sending out invitations and a bit of planning and packing, eight RCI alumni and three staff headed out to Penikese…

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What is Alcohol Withdrawal Like?

Alcohol addiction has the power to ruin a person’s life.  However, many people do not quit drinking because they want to avoid alcohol withdrawal.  Withdrawal and detox are known for being psychologically and physically challenging experiences.  If not supervised, alcohol withdrawal can become deadly.         A 2014 study conducted by the Substance…

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Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been super successful in helping people achieve long-term sobriety.  However, there are alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous that are also evidence-based.  Additionally, Some of these alternatives target those who may be intimidated by the idea of abstinence, but still hope to manage their abuse and dependence.   Although Alcoholics Anonymous has had…

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Detox – The First Step in Addiction Treatment

If you suffer from addiction to drugs or alcohol, but want to commit to a life of sobriety and clean living, detoxification (or detox) in addiction treatment is the first step. When you have decided that you have had enough of being ‘high’, ‘stoned’ or using drugs as a crutch, find a professional treatment center…

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MAT for Opiate Addiction

The current statistics are mind boggling. Opiate addiction is at an all-time high. In 2016 alone, over 63,000 people were killed by drug overdoses which includes prescription opioid painkillers and heroin. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opiate addiction relieves the chemical imbalances in the addict’s body. This reduces the addict’s withdrawal symptoms and the psychological…

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Why is Crack so Addictive?

Crack cocaine, known as crack is one of the most dangerous forms of cocaine. Why is crack so addictive? Crack is so addictive because it increases feelings of excitement and pleasure in the brain. Users feel alert, alive, awake and confident. They want to replicate those feelings over and over again.   Derived from the…

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