The Hallmarks of Physical Dependence on Alcohol

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 04/06/18
Hallmarks of Physical Dependence on Alcohol

The alcohol consumption that you or a loved one engages in may not have seemed like a problem at first. What may have started out as seemingly innocent can easily progress into something worse. Even when everything seems completely fine to you. Alcohol abuse can come on gradually, and it will steadily begin to interfere…

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Is an Alcohol Detox Program the Next Step?

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 03/30/18
an Alcohol Detox Program

The word “recovering” does not mean you are weak. If anything, it means you are vulnerable yet brave. Battling an addiction is challenging for anyone; you feel knocked down every time you get back up. Alcohol may start out as a friend, something that guides you through social anxiety, or a troubling situation, a harmful…

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Finding the Right Trauma Recovery Retreat

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 03/09/18
the Right Trauma Recovery Retreat

Finding the right trauma recovery retreat or healing facility can make a world of difference in the lives of many people who are struggling with their mental health in daily life. Experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event is an unplanned circumstance, and leaves victims to asses their emotions on their own terms, usually with much…

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Soothe Your Mind at a Co-Occurring Disorder Center

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 02/26/18
mental health issues

It seems that life gets more and more hectic with each passing day for many of us. You can find yourself under stress and pressure from all corners of your life – at work, at home, with loved ones, and with friends – to the point where you may feel like you are going to…

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A Comprehensive Approach from Holistic Depression Treatment Centers

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 02/26/18
holistic depression treatment centers

The onset of depression can go unnoticed by many, and the problem can deepen over time if it is allowed to continue without proper care. Many people that suffer from depression may find themselves turning to the use of alcohol, prescription medications, or illicit drugs to the point where an addiction develops alongside the depression….

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Cannabis Induced Psychosis is on the Rise

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 01/20/18
Cannabis Induced Psychosis

America’s opioid epidemic has grown at an alarming rate and it is getting the national attention it deserves. Unfortunately, the negative effects of marijuana haven’t received the same scrutiny, and while it is not as dangerous as other drugs, Cannabis Induced Psychosis is on the rise and might possibly be a new epidemic on the…

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Understanding The Links Between PTSD And Addiction

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 12/03/17
Link Between PTSD and Addiction

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an issue that is much more common than most people realize, especially the link between PTSD and Addiction. Certainly PTSD can happen to someone serving in the military on the front lines or going to work every day as a police officer or firefighter. But it can also be just…

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Iris Healing Retreat Has Been Accredited By The Joint Commission

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 11/21/17
Iris Healing Retreat

This past week, all of us at Iris Healing Retreat received some uplifting and important news. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (also known as the JCAHO) has now accredited our organization for all of our different levels of behavioral health care. This includes our Drug and Alcohol Detox Programs, our Residential Treatment Programs and our Addiction and Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs (just to name…

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Peace, Harmony & Silencing The Impulses

Elena Kapustina, MBA, PsyD 10/10/17
Peace, Harmony & Silencing The Impulses

Let’s face it, we live in a very fast-paced world. Los Angeles in particular feels like it moves a mile a minute and seems to thrive upon the concept of instant gratification. This makes it nearly impossible to sometimes find peace, harmony and a way of silencing the impulses. Now of course there is nothing…

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