Blog Archive

The Connection Between Unresolved Trauma and Addiction Feb 14th, 2020

Treating addiction to drugs or alcohol involves uncovering the triggers that led to the downward spiral. In many cases, the primary trigger is unresolved trauma that can date back to even the earliest years of childhood. At Insight Health & Wellness, the addiction treatment specialists have extensive experience in addressing...

The Holidays Can Be Triggering — Here's How You Can Overcome a Relapse in Recovery Jan 1st, 2020

Dealing with family over the holiday season can be enough to overwhelm anyone. Maybe you broke a cardinal rule of recovery and used the substance you’d previously abused. What do you do? Relapse isn’t uncommon; in fact, an estimated 40% to 60% of people in recovery experience at least one...

How to Approach a Loved One About Addiction Treatment Dec 1st, 2019

In order to help an addict, you have to bring up treatment in a way that makes recovery sound better than their current situation. Pushing them incessantly to join a recovery program will not help, because they have to be open to the idea of treatment in order to succeed....

Our Intensive Outpatient Program Can Provide You the Support You Need This Holiday Season Nov 7th, 2019

According to the American Addiction Centers, nearly 20 million people in the United States battle a substance use disorder, including drugs and alcohol. The struggle to seize control of your life in the throes of addiction and dependency is a tough one, but if you’re armed with the right tools...

Sleep Hygiene and Recovery Oct 13th, 2019

It seems like the last thing people think about when it comes to wellness is sleep. With everyone trying to squeeze the last second of each day to be productive and catch up on whatever deadline they believe they have.  Some of those deadlines are self-imposed; part of what we believe...

Failure to Launch ? Insight can help! Mar 23rd, 2019

Insight's collaborative and integrated, strengths-based approach to recovery helps clients fit the last missing pieces of the puzzle together,....from overcoming adversity, to interview skills, and setting achievable goals.  Insight's highly skilled treatment team provides the tools and support needed to help clients launch into their new life feeling prepared and...

Dating in recovery, the ups, the downs, the pros, the cons. Mar 23rd, 2019

You've made it! You are at the point in your recovery when you're looking better, you're feeling better and more significantly, you're starting to notice the people around you, and they don't look too shabby either! But how does that impact your recovery?  Can it be positive, or negative? Let's...

Happiness is a Decision Feb 20th, 2019

What is happiness? It is something that individuals desperately seek and crave through the entirety of their existence. But what defines happiness? What distinguishes an individual who would define themselves as happy from an individual who would characterize themselves as unhappy? For the most part, I believe happiness is usually...

Music as a Therapy Feb 20th, 2019

Most clients agree that listening to music serves as a means of relaxation as well as a way to retreat from the stresses of life that can really bring us down. I’ve heard clients say that they listen to different genres of music when they’re in different moods and that...

What does it mean to be “vulnerable?” Feb 20th, 2019

The word vulnerable has many meanings depending on your interpretation. Some are scared of the word or perceive it as a weakness. One of my clients stated, “I hate feeling vulnerable, I don’t want to feel that.” Others embrace vulnerability and view it as a strength. But what does vulnerable...

Am I psychologically Inflexible? Sep 4th, 2018

Cognitive rigidity, psychological flexibility, what's next? Cerebellum chaturanga?! Although these phrases can leave us feeling bewildered at times,  they stem from one of my favorite evidence-based practices, called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Why is it my favorite? Two reasons;  firstly it goes hand in hand with the strengths-based approach...

Expectations and Happiness Aug 20th, 2018

I was remembering a conversation with an old friend today. A little more than two decades ago, I found myself arguing that expectations lead to disappointments. Expecting that when you are doing something that you believe will benefit you, that you will have results makes a lot of sense; until...

THE CHEMISTRY OF LAUGHTER Aug 20th, 2018

Laughing is a major part of everyone's life, even the most negative individual will have experienced laughter. There are two main chemicals involved in this blissful action - Endorphins and Dopamine. Endorphins are the natural "happy drug" that also increase pain tolerance and affect our emotions. Dopamine is also produced...

Whole Health Approach Aug 13th, 2018

It has been quoted that the definition of “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Yet, we see so many people doing just that. I have met many people who have attended multiple residential and outpatient programs with very little, if any, improvement in...

When the Cure is Just as Bad as the Disease Aug 13th, 2018

TV Commercials and social media bombard everyone with a fix for every ailment under the sun.  They give potential clients the “buzz” words to say in order to show their need for whatever they are selling; and we all know that their job is to sell; however, when you see on...

Can I truly make amends if I don't truly mean it? Jul 31st, 2018

Let's talk for a second about step 9 of 12 - Making amends. Making amends to those we have hurt is one of the core components of a 12 step program. Do I believe making amends is a bad thing? absolutely not, but one must ask oneself if a manufactured,...

Why did 12 steps not work for me? Jun 6th, 2018

"Ugh, 12 step programs, I hate those things, what a way to make me feel like a failure". This is something I hear so often. So why is this the case? For starts the first Alcoholics Anonymous book was published in 1939, incidentally the same year that commercial television made...

Loving to Death Jun 4th, 2018

A few months ago, I confronted a spouse about his role in his wife’s addiction to alcohol.  He had such difficulty understanding how his actions have enabled alcohol use to stay. He loves his wife and deep in his heart, he believes that he is doing what is best for her....

Trauma and Resiliency Apr 23rd, 2018

The changes in the DSM 5 criteria for trauma will lead us to believe how traumatic events are experienced by people differently and how can sometimes lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. There have been multiple studies about that trauma from a difficult birth has a major influence on psychological well-being....

Gratitude Mar 19th, 2018

Gratitude to Being Over the years working in the field, certain patterns of behaviors among clients become observable, whether they are dealing with addiction or chronic mental illness, For those who maintain recovery and those who don’t, I found that those who adopted a new lifestyle seems to do better....

Secrets Mar 2nd, 2018

Addiction happens in the best of families.  It is a disease that does not discriminate. The stigma about addiction makes it difficult for some people to ask for help. The disease also creates a secondary problem of keeping secrets, not just by the person using but sometimes also by the...

What It Takes to Stay in Recovery Mar 2nd, 2018

There are no fast fixes. Being in recovery requires a lifestyle change. Something that would not happen over a 30-day residential stay or a 90-day IOP.  The sobering statistics paint a grim picture; according to SAMSHA, “less than 11 percent of adults with a substance use disorder (SUD) receive addiction...

Being Client-Centered in a Person-in-Environment Approach Mar 2nd, 2018

After a series of phone calls with each other, an out-of-state therapist and I finally connected. She started the conversation saying, “my client has been there in California for more than six months, and you are the first person who contacted me.” I find that very sad, as Insight is...

Family Group Mar 2nd, 2018

Since I began my internship at Insight last August, I have had the pleasure of facilitating the family group which has aspects of both a psychoeducation and process group. With the psychoeducation piece, clients are able to learn new tools and interventions that help them work through any issues of...

Importance of a Healthy Diet in the Journey of Recovery Mar 2nd, 2018

 “You are what you eat”. Many people underestimate the crucial role of nutrition and physical activity in the journey of recovery. What we put in our bodies has a strong effect on our mood. Even what we crave is depends on how we feel inside. Have you ever had a...

What does your normal look like? Mar 2nd, 2018

“It may be normal, darling; but I'd rather be natural.” (Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's). What does your normal look like? what does it feel like?  It is something personal to you, it is something that is natural, it is fluid, and it is indicative of who we are. No two "normals"...

Art Therapy at Insight Feb 15th, 2018

Art therapy has been shown to be an effective component of comprehensive treatment for individuals with both substance abuse and mental health issues (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2005). Through a variety of mediums, such as drawing, painting, collage, photography, and writing, participants have the opportunity to...

Is it Enough to Manage Addiction? Feb 15th, 2018

Dr. Cameron (1963) in his article, “Addiction - Current Issues” explored the “management of addicts” in relation to narcotic addiction.  I thought it is time to bring up this issue, as we are, after 54 years, still in the same boat, managing withdrawals from drugs and maintenance of addicts on...

Importance of Family in Treatment Feb 13th, 2018

“Every person belongs to something. We didn’t grow up like little mushrooms in the dark… They find support in some people they met along the way. And that becomes the family” (Drake, 2014). Most interventions focus solely on the identified client whether it is an addiction or mental health issue....

When Emotional Sobriety is Not Enough Jan 30th, 2018

Not drinking or not using drugs may be your first step to lifetime sobriety, but it is not enough.  The concept of emotional sobriety was coined by Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1958 as he described his dependence on others (people or circumstances) to meet his needs. However,...

Addiction requires Chronic Care Management Jun 17th, 2017

Dealing with addiction requires an understanding of addiction as a chronic brain disease.  American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), (2011) defined addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry.”  Addiction is a mental illness, and the changes brought about by addiction occur in some...