virtual reality meditation and addiction treatment

How Can Virtual Reality Meditation Therapy Help with Addiction?

It is common for people who suffer from substance use disorder (SUD) to also suffer from mental health disorders. Research indicates that those with SUD are twice as likely to have anxiety and mood disorders. Further, nearly half of those with mental health disorders have SUD and vice versa, which is referred to as co-occurring… Continue Reading How Can Virtual Reality Meditation Therapy Help with Addiction?

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Wilderness Therapy for Addiction

Wilderness therapy, also called adventure therapy, combines nature and survival experiences with rehabilitation therapy to treat mental health disorders and substance use disorders. The activities in wilderness therapy are designed to foster the recovery process by creating positive learning experiences in nature. Experiential therapies are those that use expressive tools and activities to help clients… Continue Reading Wilderness Therapy for Addiction

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Healthy Ways to Address a Family History of Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction is one of the most significant problems facing the healthcare system. Much of the efforts to reduce addiction rates focus on prevention because it is better to stop addiction than to treat it after it has occurred. Prevention involves having an understanding of the risk factors for addiction. Research indicates that… Continue Reading Healthy Ways to Address a Family History of Addiction

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Art Therapy for Addiction

In the broadest terms, “art” is a form of communication. Art is an expression of thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and observations, no matter what form it takes. Art is music, dancing, painting, drawing, pottery, sewing, photography, sculpting, poetry—it is all-encompassing. At Westwind Recovery®, we understand that sometimes it can be difficult to find the words to… Continue Reading Art Therapy for Addiction

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Setting Healthy Family Boundaries in Addiction Recovery

Personal boundaries are the physical, emotional, and mental limits we set for ourselves to safeguard our wellbeing. They allow us to form our sense of identity and separate who we are, what we think, and how we feel from the thoughts and feelings of those around us. We have different boundaries for different circumstances and… Continue Reading Setting Healthy Family Boundaries in Addiction Recovery

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TMS Therapy for Depression

Major depression is a serious mental health disorder characterized by a persistently depressed mood, diminished interest in activities, and impaired daily functioning. Treating depression usually involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy. For most, this course of treatment is an effective way of managing the symptoms of depression. Sometimes, however, symptoms either do not improve… Continue Reading TMS Therapy for Depression

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How to Participate in World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day falls on the 10th of September every year. It is the day where people worldwide help raise awareness about the tenth leading cause of death in this country. On average, there are 132 suicides each day. This devastating issue is one that requires professional intervention as well as help from individuals… Continue Reading How to Participate in World Suicide Prevention Day

addictive behaviors often lead to dependence

How Addictive Behaviors Promote Dependency

Addictive behaviors are defined as compulsions that lead you to repeat actions over and over, regardless of how negatively they impact your life. There are many kinds of addictive behaviors caused by a variety of factors. You may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, addicted to food, or addicted to sex, gaming, or the internet.… Continue Reading How Addictive Behaviors Promote Dependency

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What Type of Therapy Is Best for Me?

“Therapy” is a broad term to describe a treatment system that has multiple components. Therapy is most commonly associated with psychotherapy or “talk” therapy, but this is only one of many therapeutic approaches. The main goal of therapy is to relieve emotional distress and other symptoms associated with mental health conditions, including substance use disorders.… Continue Reading What Type of Therapy Is Best for Me?

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Coping Skills You Learn During Music Therapy

Music has been used as a tool for healing throughout history. Music therapy uses the natural mood-enhancing properties of music to help improve mental health and overall well-being. The psychological impacts of music are powerful and far-reaching, and a music therapy program has become renowned as a highly effective treatment for numerous mental health disorders… Continue Reading Coping Skills You Learn During Music Therapy