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Why do individuals with addiction isolate?

There are numerous reasons for why individuals with addiction isolate: 1) They would like to hide their addiction from others. Friends and family do not generally respond well to someone who is engaged in addictive behaviors. Isolation keeps them from getting scolded and being pressured to change the behavior. 2) Individuals with addiction are often … Continue reading Why do individuals with addiction isolate?

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How to Evaluate an Intensive Outpatient Program for Treating Addiction

IOP is a mainstream treatment option and one that is frequently covered by commercial insurance. There are many facilities offering programs and there is very little regulation about what should and shouldn’t be done within the treatment setting. It is in the best interest of the patient, then, to do the necessary evaluation of programs … Continue reading How to Evaluate an Intensive Outpatient Program for Treating Addiction

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Talk Therapy Center moves to a new location!

We are so very happy to be in our new space. We now have multiple offices for private sessions, a wonderful and spacious room for our group sessions, and a welcoming waiting area. We look forward to serving you in our new location!    

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Self-Medicating and Addiction

At times, Talk Therapy invites our friends and colleagues from the community to share their thoughts. Here is an informative personal story from one of our guest writer: “At one point in the height of my addiction to drugs and alcohol, a good friend of mine offered a simple insight that would forever change my … Continue reading Self-Medicating and Addiction

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Are Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) Effective for Treating Addiction?

Over the last 40 years, there have been several studies on the use of IOP in treating addiction. Some of these research studies are referenced at the end of this document. What is apparent is that IOP have consistently shown positive outcomes in treating substance use disorders successfully. Several studies (Guydish et al, Schneider et … Continue reading Are Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) Effective for Treating Addiction?

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The role of willpower in addiction recovery – Part 1

What is willpower? Willpower is the mind’s ability to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ when faced with a decision. We are all familiar with the experience of making a decision to make a small or large change in our lives, such as deciding to start exercising regularly, start eating healthy, start arriving to appointments on time, … Continue reading The role of willpower in addiction recovery – Part 1

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Three Reasons to Choose an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are increasingly becoming an alternative to more costly and often less convenient residential (inpatient) addiction treatment programs. Although IOP programs offer more flexibility than residential treatment, there are ultimately no shortcuts when it comes to getting the help we need. A good IOP program will provide the environment and the means … Continue reading Three Reasons to Choose an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

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The role of goal setting and goal proximity in treating addiction

A comprehensive plan for recovery will often require setting goals. This may include goals around moderation criteria, improving physical health, attending educational and support groups, attaining a new job or housing, and systematically working through relationship dynamics. One key ingredient to goal setting, which is often overlooked, is goal proximity. This simply means how near … Continue reading The role of goal setting and goal proximity in treating addiction

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Benefits of IOP for Borderline Personality Disorder

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) can be beneficial for people suffering from borderline personality disorder. By its nature, an IOP program provides structure, active participation, and a forum where maladaptive behaviors can be investigated and evaluated over time in a setting with others working through similar challenges. One study performed on the use of IOP … Continue reading Benefits of IOP for Borderline Personality Disorder

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How to help a friend who is suffering from addiction

Talk to a friend about addiction

Here are some things to consider when a friend is suffering from addiction: Share with your friend that you are concerned about his or her misuse or abuse of the substance in question. Encourage your friend to seek professional help. You may support your friend in the process of finding such help. Offer him/her your … Continue reading How to help a friend who is suffering from addiction

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