Art therapy is widely used as a supplement to traditional counseling. It involves the creation of works of art as a way to express thoughts and feelings that may be hard to verbalize for a person who is in counseling. A wide range of mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpting can be used. At our detox center in Sacramento, we know that art therapy can be a great way for people who are undergoing treatment to express themselves. It can also be helpful long after treatment has concluded.
Art therapy provides a number of benefits including:
An easy way to start communicating
For a person who has just started a detox program, speaking openly to counselors and staff can be difficult. They are strangers, initially, and it may be tough to talk with them about the emotional details of an addiction. Art provides a different form of language that may be easier to use in the beginning.
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The holiday season is here and with it comes the opportunity to attend company parties, family events, and gatherings with friends. As we tell people at our alcohol rehab center in Sacramento, the best choice at these events is sticking to water, juice, or soda. However, if you intend to consume alcoholic beverages, you should follow the advice below to ensure that you can celebrate happily and safely.
Pay close attention to your consumption
The human body can process approximately one standard drink per hour. If you consume more than that, you risk being impaired and being over the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration. And, it may take less than one drink based on your size, metabolism, and other factors. Be sure to completely finish a drink before considering another. Letting people “top off” your glass can make it difficult to gauge your consumption.
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If you are in recovery from a chemical dependency and have suffered a relapse, there can be tremendous sadness, frustration, and guilt. You may feel that you have failed both yourself and the people who support you (even though that’s an unfair assessment). However, as we tell people at our Sacramento recovery center, there are ways to get your recovery back on track quickly. And, every setback can be reframed as a valuable learning experience.
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As the parent of an adult child who is struggling with drug addiction, you feel the pain of their condition almost as vividly as they do. Not only do you see what they are going through, you may feel a sense of responsibility for the condition they find themselves in. We tell parents at our Sacramento drug treatment center that there are a number of steps you can take to help you deal with their illness.
Coping with a Child’s Chemical Dependency
Regardless of their age, the person that you raised is still your “child,” and watching them suffer through a drug addiction can be excruciating. Here are some strategies you can use to stay positive.
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From an addiction recovery perspective, “enabling” is the act of supporting or facilitating an addict’s behavior in a way that allows it to continue. While what you are doing may feel kind and helpful, it is actually harmful to the addict and those around them. As we tell people at our Sacramento rehab center, enabling prevents the person with an addiction from fully experiencing the consequences of their actions and thereby lessens their motivation for seeking help, thus prolonging their addiction.
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We’ve all heard the saying “Rules were meant to be broken.” While that may be true in other areas of life, when it comes to addiction recovery, it definitely is not. We tell people at our addiction rehab in Sacramento that in order to be successful in your healing process, you need to stick to the plan. In particular, here are six rules you should never break.
Be completely honest with yourself and others. For people struggling with addiction, it can be very hard to be truthful. The guilt and shame you feel make you want to hide your behavior and lying is part of that process. Being honest is the antidote and also a great personal attribute to possess even after you have recovered.
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