“Working The Steps” Is A Way Of Life

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"Working The Steps" Is A Way Of Life | Westside Treatment

Among the many paths people choose to walk in their efforts to seek long-term sobriety and find a way out of the hellscape of addiction, perhaps the most publicized and discussed is the 12-step program. The 12-step program began back in the 30s, when two men struggling with alcoholism at the dawn of a post-Prohibition era decided that they needed help. And they sought that help from each other. Working together, these two men – Dr. Bob Smith and Bill… Read more »

The Perils Of Suppressing Your Emotions In Early Recovery

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The Perils Of Suppressing Your Emotions In Early Recovery | Westside Treatment

Early recovery and emotionality go hand in hand. Your mind might become excessively expressive in the first few months of recovery, as you cope with living life without drugs. An addiction has the hallmark of slowly becoming the center of a person’s universe, consuming more and more of their time and focus as they consume more of their drug(s) of choice. Yet regardless of why a person developed an addiction – there are a few wildly different factors – substance… Read more »

Use Of Meditation In Addiction Treatment

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Use Of Meditation In Addiction Treatment | Westside Treatment

In a world where being alive and working often means being constantly on – bombarded daily with content, questions, decisions and stimuli – there is little room for peace in most people’s lives and over time that manifests itself as we continue to withstand the wear-and-tear of life. Anxiety, depression, and even addiction – the numbers on these illnesses rise even above the expected increase caused by better diagnosing, simply because our world is now more conducive to the kind… Read more »

How (And Why) Does Addiction Develop?

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How (And Why) Does Addiction Develop? | Westside Treatment

Treatment for addiction is never entirely straightforward, particularly because the reasons that influence addiction are never straightforward. It’s a twisty and complicated path from the get-go. Some people respond better to cognitive behavioral therapy because of issues with their self-esteem, a history of acquired or existing anxiety and depression, and a general uneasiness with themselves and a loathing attitude towards life in general. Others respond better to dialectic behavioral therapy because it allows them to scratch the itch of rebellion without resorting… Read more »

Emotional Stability: A Fundamental Factor Of Recovery

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Emotional Stability: A Fundamental Factor Of Recovery | Westside Treatment

One of the unfortunate hallmarks of addiction is that it, for lack of a better phrase, steals away your ability to be in control. You’re still you, you’re still the person you’ve always been, but your entire thought process has manipulated to revolve around the pleasure and feeling of a high. Semantically, every choice you make is yours. Every lie and act of manipulation committed by someone struggling with a severe addiction is, inherently, theirs. However, blaming an addict for… Read more »

Gray Area Between Using, Sobriety

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Gray Area Between Using, Sobriety | Westside Treatment

Life is just a lot simpler when we get to break it apart into countless dichotomies – black and white, light and dark, yes and no. But it gets obvious early on that life isn’t like that. Life is gray – not in its vibrancy or spirit, but in the way it blends and complicates, and creates situations with no straightforward answers or solutions. Black and white work very rarely, and most of the time, figuring out how you feel… Read more »

The Art Of Self-Love, Acceptance

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The Art Of Self-Love & Acceptance | Westside Treatment

Self-love and egotism might both have to do with the self, but the difference between them is the size of a canyon. Loving oneself and being confident, in a healthy manner, is critical for a stable mental health. Just like physical health, there are ways in which we can make ourselves susceptible to disease. Poor hygiene and exposure to the elements are common ways to set yourself up for sickness, like the cold or yeast infections. In the same way,… Read more »