Biosound Therapy and Its Benefits in Addiction Therapy

Some realms of addiction therapy are still experimental. There’s plenty to be learned about the science behind the disease, and over the years, many supportive treatments have proven effective. One of these treatment methods is Biosound Therapy. Before we go any further, we would like to say that Biosound Therapy should be used as a secondary treatment when treating substance misuse disorder. We encourage you to ask your clinic and medical professionals for their input if you consider adding s...
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Preparing for the Holidays in Recovery

According to a study published in The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, “Holidays are particularly perilous times for those in treatment for alcohol problems—for obvious reasons. These times mix the internal and external triggers of stress and celebration into a literally intoxicating cocktail.” Often, individuals may feel overwhelmed and unprepared for the festivities and need to prove themselves to family and friends. The season can be a significant challenge, so remain mindful of ho...
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How Mental Health Conditions Contribute to Substance Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports, “Nearly 7.4 million American adults suffer from both a mental health condition and a substance use disorder”. Living with comorbidities means living with co-occurring conditions that can drastically affect one’s quality of life. Many factors contribute to developing a dual diagnosis when someone suffers from a mental health condition and a substance abuse problem simultaneously. Environmental Factors Various environmental factors...
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How The Workplace Affects Substance Abuse Recovery

Substance misuse in the workplace is often viewed as taboo. However, it’s far more common than we’d like to think. According to the National Survey of Drug Use & Health, about 70% of all adults with an alcohol or illicit drug disorder are employed. People with substance abuse disorders work across all industries nationwide. Unfortunately, substance misuse is more prevalent in some workplaces than others. According to an article on Recovered, around “19% of construction workers, 15.6% o...
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LPCANC Keynote Speaker 2022

The Licensed Professional Counselors of North Carolina are bringing in their Silver Jubilee in style. The 25th Annual LPCANC Conference will occur in Winston-Salem at the Benton Convention Center and the nearby Marriott Hotel. Downtown Winston-Salem (the conference’s location) will offer conference goers ample opportunities to sample everything the city offers – the Downtown Arts District, Fourth Street’s Restaurant Row, museums, golf courses, wineries, etc. This yearly conference repr...
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Addiction Awareness Month

Addiction is a complex and often misunderstood subject. When most people think of “addiction,” they picture people severely dependent on drugs or alcohol. But the truth is that addiction is on a broad spectrum, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to learn about addiction, its causes, and how we can help those affected. September 2022: Addiction Awareness Month In1989, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) made...
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Finding Your Spirituality

Spirituality plays a pivotal role on the road to recovery from addiction. Developing a sense of a “higher power” can push us to make significant strides toward healing our mind and body in a way that may have been unachievable otherwise. Even though finding a higher power or spiritual connection may be difficult for most, once it is found, it becomes a very important part of recovery. A simple step to finding your spirituality is to start with a connection. A few questions that can help you...
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The Dance of Addiction

The long road of recovery is sure to bring one thing: change. Good or bad, change is always uncomfortable and exhausting. We resist change, for better or worse, and in doing so risk sabotaging our progress, or worse, our loved one’s progress. Imagine yourself dancing with a partner in a well-choreographed dance. You don’t particularly like the dance or the music, but you know the steps and are completely in sync. Suddenly, one of the dancers changes the moves, or worse, the music. A fam...
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The Discovery Phase of Recovery

With addiction, pleasure and enjoyment become deeply linked with the drug or behavior of choice. Once a client stops the behavior they often feel that “something is missing,” or that they do not know how to enjoy life to the fullest. I’d like to share some of my approaches to working with the “discovery” phase of recovery because I think that they can help anyone live a more enjoyable and creative life. In mental health, we often use a 3-phase conceptualization of healing which was fi...
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The Secret to Coping: Aware, Accept, Act

Three, easy to remember, words that basically sum up “coping skills.” Try this out next time you are feeling upset or dissatisfied in any way. Aware – We have to have enough distance from what’s happening to be aware of it. If we are “mindlessly” doing something, or impulsively doing something, we are not aware. Accept – Not accepting reality can take many forms: a vague irritability, righteous anger, feeling like a victim, acting distant or shut-down, etc. I...
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