Refuge Recovery: Applying Buddhism to Addiction Treatment

Refuge Recovery: Applying Buddhism to Addiction Treatment The Ins-and-Outs of Refuge Recovery and How It Can Treat Substance Use Disorder Article Contents What is Refuge Recovery? Refuge recovery is the practice, process, tools, treatment, path to healing, and suffering caused by addiction. It is inspired by the teachings of Siddhartha (Sid) Gautama, a man who […]

Hypnosis Therapy Treatment to Change Habits

Hypnosis Therapy Treatment to Change Habits

The word “hypnosis” may conjure a gimmicky image, but hypnotherapy or hypnosis therapy in reality is not at all as it is portrayed in entertainment. In hypno-therapy, you are led into (or lead yourself into) a hypnotic induction phase to get into a trance–a meditative focused state–to absorb words of encouragement or positive images in a […]

Continuing The Recovery Journey With Outpatient Programs

Outpatient Programs

The Recovery Journey is a lifelong process, and one that benefits greatly from ongoing support that can be found in Outpatient Programs. Completing a residential treatment program is the essential first step, but that is not where the journey typically ends. For many, healing and wellness can also be found through Outpatient Programs that continue to work […]

Soothe Your Mind at a Co-Occurring Disorder Center

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 […]

Peace, Harmony & Silencing The Impulses

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 […]

Mind/Body Healing Through Somatic Therapy

Somatic Therapy

If you’ve been following the updates from Iris Healing Retreat, then you’re probably aware that we take a different kind of approach to conquering addiction. Yes we make sure to incorporate all of the proper recovery methods, but we also have firm beliefs in holistic healing and out-of-the-box techniques that can help people overcome their struggles. […]

Astrology, The Eclipse And The Bigger Picture

Astrology, The Eclipse And The Bigger Picture

We, like everyone else, were enamored with this week’s Solar Eclipse, which cascaded across the Monday morning sky. And, as we watched it, we began to take a step back and understand it on a much larger scale. This is a rare opportunity that takes us away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and […]

Using The ‘Four Agreements’ During Your Recovery Journey

The Four Agreements During Recovery

If you happen to look at the “Day In The Life at Iris” section of our site, you’ll notice that we begin every morning with spiritual reflections and a recital of The Four Agreements. What might those be, you ask? We like to think of The Four Agreements as important affirmations that can lift those recovering out […]

Iris: Good Trips Only

Lake Balboa Park

After a morning meditation, after an inspired meal created by our chef, after individual, group, family, art, movement or yoga therapy… it’s probably time to go on a field trip. Last week Iris residents walked in Lake Balboa Park, participated in equestrian therapy in Malibu and toured the world famous Getty Villa. Part of the […]