Healing Retreat Centers: Further Signs of Addiction

Iris Healing Retreat 06/07/19
healing retreat centers

We know that people addicted to different drugs may show other signs of addiction. In this blog, we’ve cataloged some other signs of addiction to be watchful for. As with any mention of signs of addiction, you want to be careful not to view them in a vacuum. A person who is not addicted may…

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Brainspotting Therapy as Trauma Healing

Iris Healing Retreat 05/31/19
Brainspotting Therapy

Brainspotting Therapy as Trauma Healing is quickly becoming more common in drug and alcohol treatment programs as a tool to address the issues of trauma for patients while in recovery. It is also an excellent extension to the usual treatment modalities used for addiction and mental health recovery. The brain and body store more than we…

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Healing Retreat in California with Nutrition

Iris Healing Retreat 05/24/19
healing retreat in California

Getting help is a big deal. Admitting to having an addictive pattern and trusting yourself and others to help overcome the addiction is not easy. Once you are here, ready to get treatment and to make changes, it can be a whirlwind of emotions–ranging from excitement to fear. That is why it is important to…

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Substance Abuse Recovery and Experiential Therapy

Iris Healing Retreat 05/17/19
substance abuse recovery

Imagine doing a hobby you love, or loved, as a means to recover from your substance habit–it can be a twofold benefit. While a 12-step program is beneficial to many, it is not for everyone. Some people may need alternative long-term solutions. Experiential therapy is a diverse modality that can assist people of different personalities,…

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Detox Treatment with Opioids in America

Iris Healing Retreat 05/10/19
detox treatment

What is an opioid An opioid is a group of strong painkiller drugs derived from a plant or synthetically ingredients made in a lab. The drug interacts with opioid receptors in the cells and releases signals that mute the perception of pain and rather release the feeling of pleasure. This can influence addiction or can…

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nikitos 05/08/19
substance abuse disorder

Most people who suffer from substance abuse disorder have dealt with some form of trauma in their lives, be it: childhood trauma, physical or emotional abuse, PTSD, rape, neglect, homelessness, and more ad nauseum. These traumas may not be necessarily the cause of the substance abuse disorder, but it is most definitely a mitigating factor…

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nikitos 05/03/19

When one considers a detox/residential program facility, one is not far off the mark when imagining the same therapy modalities common throughout medical detox, educational and therapeutic groups, one on one counseling, therapy, and experiential groups. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this model, but more and more facilities are implementing other therapeutic methods to…

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Brainspotting Exercises

Iris Healing Retreat 04/22/19
brainspotting therapy

Brainspotting exercises the brain’s limbic system, according to Andrew Green. “Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing, and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms.” (David Grand Ph.D.) With a trained and sympathetic clinician, a client has the opportunity through BPS…

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Rehab Instead of Jail Time

Iris Healing Retreat 04/13/19
Rehab Instead of Jail time

Every twelve-stepper has heard the adage addiction will end with “jail. Institutions, or death” According to Thaddeus Camlin, PsyD. in his article: Jails, Institutions, and Death: Did 12-step Programs Get it Wrong, he claimed: “it is an inarguable fact that most people try drugs (86% try alcohol) and most who try drugs do not end…

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Recognizing Codependency

Iris Healing Retreat 04/08/19
recognizing codependency

Sometimes the best choice is to walk away from a relationship, despite the heartbreak that will follow. While it may be uncomfortable to let go of someone, it is more damaging to stay in a relationship that is dysfunctional. Unfortunately, many people ride out toxic (and sometimes abusive) relationships because they feel responsible for their…

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