Addiction

Man or Woman Up: How Gender-Specific Treatment Aids Recovery

Man up. Stop acting like such a girl. Boys don’t cry. Be a man. Stop being so bossy. Stop being so uptight. Your just a know-it-all. The endless phrases re-inforcing gender stereotypes have permeated our society for ages.  These phrases and concepts that suggest things like- men are incapable of feeling anything but madness, or …

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Knowledge is Power: Advancements in Addiction Treatment

Recently some of the oasis staff had the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field of addiction treatment at the Pavillon Advancements in Addiction Treatment Conference in Asheville, NC. One of the most important aspects of treating any disease or disorder is taking into account that the only constant in life is change, …

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Seeking New Horizons: The Transformative Power of Adventure Therapy

There is perhaps no venture that combines coping skills, self-learning, and therapeutic insight in as hands-on and vivid a way as adventure therapy. To see in new ways, under new circumstances, with budding understandings, is one of the most effective catalysts for building new neural pathways, and cultivating new aspects of one’s identity- both crucial …

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No more Shame: Understanding the Disease of Addiction

No More Shame: Understanding the Disease of Addiction  For years addiction and alcoholism were looked at as a moral deficiency (and for some, still is). Without the current research from prominent neuroscientists, many addicts and alcoholics were tossed aside to bitter ends such as the ineffective justice system, psychiatric wards, or death and suicide.  Today, …

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The Power of the Mind: An exploration of Psychological Dependence

We know that physical dependence can be very painful and require special detox assistance. We can identify, with observation, the symptoms and measurable affects of both physical addiction and psychological dependence. Though there are distinctions that we consider exclusively physical or psychological, the reality is that there is a symbiotic relationship between physical and psychological …

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