Addiction Recovery

The Four Agreements: Creating Your Serenity

The Four Agreements: Creating Your Serenity

One of the most influential books in the recovery world and very commonly used in addiction recovery centers is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Many of our clinicians here at GateHouse Treatment suggest the book to...

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6 Ways to Be Nice to Yourself

6 Ways to Be Nice to Yourself

Being mean to yourself doesn’t help. I’ve heard people say, “My worst day sober is better than my best day drunk.” I can’t relate. Life in sobriety isn’t always easy. Life isn’t always easy, period. How I react to difficult situations is far from perfect. I know I’m...

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9 Resolutions for Recovery in 2018

9 Resolutions for Recovery in 2018

With a New Year comes new challenges. See some smart resolutions for 2019 and learn how you can get help with rehabs in Boston. 1. Resolve to try a new 12-Step meeting. Even if you regularly attend the same 12-Step meetings, replace one with a new one or resolve to...

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The Stigma of Addiction

The Stigma of Addiction

I have written on this topic more than once spanning the course of nearly 10 years. The awareness of addiction in that period of time has increased significantly, and yet one thing persists--the stigma attached to it. I don't know if we will ever get past it but...

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CBT vs DBT in Outpatient Treatment

CBT vs DBT in Outpatient Treatment

CBT vs DBT: Definitions Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT, is one of the most commonly used therapies today, especially in outpatient treatment with drug addiction counseling. Dialectal behavior therapy or DBT is a specific form of cognitive-behavioral therapy....

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10 Ways to Practice Mindfulness Right Now

10 Ways to Practice Mindfulness Right Now

Listen to sounds. Several times a day pause and simply listen. Listen as if you had just landed from a foreign planet. See if you can hear all sounds as music being played just for you. Notice trees. Notice their different shapes and heights. Notice their different...

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Tips For the First 90 Days of Addiction Recovery

Tips For the First 90 Days of Addiction Recovery

The first 90 days of addiction recovery are some of the hardest and most rewarding days of your new life. Here are some tips to ensure your recovery and your newfound happiness! Create and keep a schedule Creating a schedule in drug and alcohol rehab is essential so...

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The Physical Allergy of Addiction and Alcoholism

The Physical Allergy of Addiction and Alcoholism

Believe it or not, the physical allergy (one part of what makes up powerlessness and our disease) is one of my favorite topics ever.  I think that’s because of the experience I had when I first learned the true nature of it. My world changed forever. I finally...

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