Recover Integrity: Blog

There is a term you will hear in yoga, in therapy, therapy groups, in the transformational arenas, in recovery, in treatment--it is this idea of "being present."    It is not something that was a common phrase twenty years ago--when I first started out in the arena of recovery. But it is something that has become more and more popular. And so has notions of disassociation.    So people, being aware that they check out--people are more aware of...

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One of the things you will commonly hear with people that are working in the domain of spirituality or working on transforming and recovery is you might hear the term, "Everything happens for a reason."   For me, working in a treatment setting, it is something I usually hear from somebody. And when I hear it, I actually think it is a good sign.    The story will go something like this   Somebody comes in and there is almost always...

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Being Vulnerable in Recovery If you come to treatment or you are coming to recovery, one word you will definitely hear is vulnerability. The importance of being vulnerable in the therapeutic relationship--particularly in treatment--is something you might hear from a spouse as well.    On the one hand, I think it is a word a lot of people have heard--definitely in California. On the other hand, it is a word that is often misunderstood. I think the way...

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When you are entering into recovery there are a few terms or words, ideas that you will hear over and over again. And they are outlining the contours of the space we are inhabiting when we are working on ourselves to transform--when we are engaging in recovery, when we are looking at optimal well-being.    Transparency in Treatment In treatment in particular, one of the terms that they will use is "transparency". And I will talk about the...

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Medication assisted treatment (including Suboxone and vivitrol)   Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is using pharmaceutical medications, prescribed medications to help treat active addiction.    It's different than just the psychiatric medication that you use to treat underlying conditions of depression and anxiety. MAT treatment is a specific classification of drugs that are used to affect the addiction directly. And so there are agonists and antagonists drugs that provide an effect similar to the drug you were using, but allow you...

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One of the common things that I come across with people that are trying to recover. So I sort of look at more universal elements that mean the thing about addiction, is it's not really appropriate, it's not accurate. To say...

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