sober holidays
Recovery

How To Enjoy The Holidays Without Losing Your Mind

Well, it’s that time again. Love it or leave it, the holiday season is upon us. Although this time of year brings both joy and stress to most, for those in recovery it can present additional pressure and worry. From intense relatives to boozy holiday

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treatment
Recovery

How Long Do You Need to Stay in Treatment?

Let’s be honest—choosing the right treatment center for the right length of time can make the difference between life and death for someone struggling with addiction. And figuring out how long you should stay for the best chance of success can be confusing! Here are

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meth addiction
Addiction

The New Meth Crisis

For years now, we have heard about the seemingly never-ending scourge of the opioid epidemic. In fact, on this blog, we have written extensively about the soaring rates of overdoses associated with opioids that break records each year. Turns out, a parallel crisis exists, but

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mental health stigma
Mental Health

4 Ways You Can Reduce the Stigma Around Mental Health

This year alone, over 47 million Americans are reportedly experiencing mental illness, according to Mental Health Alliance, a US-based non-profit. As common as they are—judging by the numbers—mental health issues often remain taboo or shameful, and often elicit little of the empathy and support shown

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yoga and treatment
Lifestyle

Mind, Body, Spirit: How Yoga can Support Recovery

Often we hear that recovery is “Mind, Body, Spirit.” Many people in treatment for substance abuse have long mistreated or neglected their bodies, not to mention their minds and spirits. That said, finding a restorative physical practice can be a vital component of a well-rounded

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national recovery month
Addiction

Why This National Recovery Month Matters More Than Ever

September is National Recovery Month—a time when people whose lives are touched by addiction, alcoholism, and substance use disorder come together to raise awareness of the problem and celebrate stories of hope and change. Scottsdale Providence is proud to join in the celebration. This year,

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how to meditate
Lifestyle

How to Start a Meditation Practice

For many in the recovery community, developing a spiritual life has been an absolute necessity to find some peace and sanity. Most of us have found that once we put down the drink, drugs, or behavior that’s been holding us back, we are in desperate

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Substance Abuse

America’s Overdose Problem

As we’ve written about before on this blog, America is in the midst of an overdose epidemic of epic proportions – and it seems to be getting progressively worse. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just released their annual statistics on the country’s overdose deaths,

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Recovery

Your Post-Pandemic Sanity Guide

4 strategies to help you return to life in person after finding recovery online Let’s face it – it’s been a tough year. The coronavirus pandemic brought with it unprecedented new levels of stress, uncertainty, and economic insecurity. Many battled with grief, upheaval, and diminished

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Somatic Experiencing
Mental Health

Can Somatic Experiencing Help You?

Josie* had been in recovery for many years and thought she was doing pretty well. When she started dating seriously, she suddenly found herself grappling with intense anxiety, seemingly out of nowhere. Her years of clean and sober living and solid foundations in recovery weren’t

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emdr and trauma
Addiction

 How, Where, and When to Try EMDR

EMDR, also known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a powerful treatment modality often used with people who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related distress. Research indicates that trauma and addiction often go hand in hand, making EMDR a natural addition

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Benefits of EMDR
Mental Health

Everything You Need to Know About EMDR

Here at Scottsdale Providence, we believe in offering our clients the best range of evidence-based, research-backed treatment modalities to help them find lasting recovery from substance abuse, mental health and behavioral issues, and trauma. EMDR is one such modality our team is passionate about. Otherwise

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what is an addict
Addiction

What is an Addict?

What exactly makes someone an addict, an alcoholic, or a substance abuser? For those struggling with substance abuse habits that are causing problems, figuring out how to get your life back on track can be overwhelming, especially when doing it on your own. We sat

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neurofeedback
Mental Health

Who is Neurofeedback best suited for?

Curious about what neurofeedback can do? From 4 to 80, no matter your age or situation; this powerful tool can make an impact. Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a type of biofeedback. During this therapeutic intervention, non-invasive sensors are attached to your scalp,

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Neurofeedback
Mental Health

What are some benefits of Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention that has a number of benefits. It uses technology to help train the brain to function more optimally and help people become more adaptive, resilient, and efficient. Patients report improvements in their memory and focus, less impulsivity, reduced anxiety,

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neurofeedback
Recovery

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a therapeutic intervention used to treat conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, sleep problems, PTSD, stroke, concussion, and other neurological issues. Just as a mechanic can assess the condition of your car, neurofeedback uses technology to assess brainwave activity. This technology provides insights into

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Mental Health

How Does Somatic Experiencing Work?

Most people who struggle with alcohol and drug addiction have a long history of attachment or developmental trauma. Treating this directly provides the best chance for a patient to thrive beyond treatment. Somatic Experiencing® helps people move beyond a fight, flight, or freeze response to

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Mental Health

What are the Benefits of Somatic Experiencing?

The Somatic Experiencing® method is a form of therapy that seeks to relieve the symptoms of trauma and other stress disorders through a body-oriented approach. This modality seeks to re-set the nervous system and address traumatic shock, essential to recovering from previous trauma. Somatic Experiencing

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Mental Health

Treatment Modalities: What is Somatic Experiencing?

What is Somatic Experiencing? In short, Somatic Experiencing® is a powerful type of trauma resolution therapy that heals the mind-body connection. Psychology Today defines trauma as “anything that is too much, too soon, or too fast for our nervous system to handle, especially if we

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overdoses
Addiction

Record Setting Overdose Rates as Pandemic Continues

Overdoses are again on the rise as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. As we reported earlier, fatal ODs surged in tandem with the arrival of COVID-19 and its associated interference with routines, jobs, recovery activity, and essential health services. Recent research suggests that trend has

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scottsdale rehab
Mental Health

The Role of Trauma in Addiction Treatment

What does trauma have to do with addiction or substance abuse? Consider this—incredibly, 75% of people receiving treatment for addiction report a history of trauma. The risk for substance abuse rises by as much as four times for people who experienced trauma early in life.

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Mental Health

4 Ways to Stay Sane During COVID-19

For those who are new to sober living, and those who have been in recovery for some time – these are challenging times. People around the world are experiencing unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty. Collectively, we are experiencing conditions that would make even the sanest and

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mental illness
Recovery

SPRC Primary Mental Health Care

 Finding the right treatment for you or your loved one’s specific needs can be challenging. Mental illness does not respond to a “one size fits all” approach—which is why our program is designed to offer personalized treatment to address an individuals’ unique needs. Our goal

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treatment
Recovery

Why Now is the Time to Put Wellness First

There is no denying it – it’s been a rough year. 2020 began with tense political division, followed by a terrifying virus pandemic, economic downturn, and some of the greatest social unrest our country has witnessed in decades. The world has been turned on its

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Social distancing
Mental Health

Staying Connected While Social Distancing

For many of us, when we enter recovery from substance abuse, we have it drilled into our heads that we must avoid isolation at all costs. People regularly tell us that isolation is the enemy, and will put on us the road to relapse. So,

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Treatment
Recovery

Don’t Let Anything Stand in the Way of Change

Here at Scottsdale Providence, we believe that nothing should stand in the way of change. For people that are ready and willing, transformation can happen under any circumstances. Even lockdown. During the international crisis caused by COVID-19, treatment facilities are considered an essential service. People

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Mental Health

Stress Test: Dealing With Anxiety in Recovery

In these crazy times, how can we deal with feelings of overwhelm and panic without our old ways of coping? How do we learn to show up to whatever comes with grace and calm? Many of us in recovery—especially early recovery—have been overcome with intense

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Addiction and the brain
Addiction

How Addiction Affects the Brain

First things first: understanding what drives addiction is not generally enough to beat it. However – an understanding of the way addiction hijacks the brain can help to explain why so many people who want to quit find themselves totally powerless. Cognitive researchers have made

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OD
Addiction

Overdose Deaths Have Dropped But Remain Shockingly High

Recent figures released by the Centers for Disease Control indicate that 2018 saw the first decline in drug overdose deaths since 1999. Overdose fatalities dropped by 4.1%, compared to 2017, and the drop mostly involved natural and semi-synthetic opioids. Despite the improvement, the numbers remain

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New Years Resolution
Recovery

3 Ways to Live Your Best Life in 2020

2020 has arrived! And if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ve probably got some New Year’s motivation and maybe even a resolution or two. To be sure, making big goals around the New Year is almost a cliché, even though most of us

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Does rehab work
Addiction

Does Rehab Work?

As Shawn took a seat on his first day of treatment, the group counselor stood up and issued a dire warning: “Look to your left. Now look to your right. According to the statistics, two of you won’t make it.” In Shawn’s case, it was

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gratitude
Mental Health

The Science of Gratitude

Welcome to November, when those throughout the recovery community celebrate Gratitude Month! More than just a hollow reminder to be more thankful, gratitude is a principal that many claim is key to a happy, contented recovery. Unsurprisingly, recovering addicts and alcoholics weren’t the first to

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Mental Health

Autumn Anxiety is Real: Four Ways to Deal

As the fall months roll in, our bodies recognize it. The days get shorter, the weather gets cooler, and the whole world seems to take on a “back to work” feel. Maybe this has to do with back to school schedules, but even for those

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Treatment

Life After Treatment: Finding Wellness

Welcome to the second in our two-part series on life after treatment! You’ve heard it said before: treatment is just the beginning. When our bodies and minds have been pummeled and warped by addiction, rebuilding takes time. Most people discoverer that even once clean and

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sober summer fun
Lifestyle

5 Ways To Have Fun in the Sun Without Drinking

Now that summer’s finally here, what are you going to do with yourself? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the best of what summer has to offer while staying clean and sober. Here is some inspiration… Get out there Studies have shown that

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12 step spirituality
Recovery

The 12 Steps and the Non-Believer

Can a God skeptic find hope in a 12-Step program? Countless people have wandered into a 12-Step group, only to be put off by the seemingly religious undertones of the program. The church basements, talk of miracles, and G-word are just too much for some.

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sponsorship
Recovery

The Priceless Magic of Sponsorship

In most 12-step fellowships, we hear the word “sponsor” thrown around quite a bit. To the uninitiated, the role of this elusive person is hazy at best. Of course, it brings to mind lucrative deals with athletic brands, or Little League teams brought to you

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12 Step Fellowship
Recovery

The Undeniable Power of Connection

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is connection.” A chilling thought occurred to me the other day: there was a time, near the end of my drinking career, that if some horrible circumstance were to befall me and I died suddenly—that it would

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Addiction

Choosing the Right Treatment Center: 10 Things to Ask

Long-lasting recovery from compulsive and self-defeating behaviors is possible, and seeking treatment is a perfect place to start. Although, admittedly, choosing a treatment center can be a daunting and overwhelming prospect. Here we offer some guidance you can trust to help you find your way to

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Amends Recovery
Recovery

Thoughts on Amends and Forgiveness

This is about learning to live comfortably sober. If we are going to stay sober for the long haul, most of us have to find a way to live happily and comfortably in this world without alcohol, drugs, or anything else to take the edge

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New year
Lifestyle

How to Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet

So often, around the New Year, we as a society collectively get inspired to do some self-improvement. We make ambitious goals that often fall by the wayside weeks after they were so committedly made. Often, when aiming for greater “wellness” – the much-hyped buzzword of

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Holidays
Lifestyle

5 Ways to Stay Sane And Sober Through the Holidays

The holiday season can be hell. It can also be an opportunity for joy, connection, and wonder. For people in recovery, the holidays often come with some extra challenges—stress, expectations, family, commitments, and booze everywhere. It can be tough to weather this whirlwind with any

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mindfulness
Lifestyle

A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness

By Christina Rock Mindfulness. We hear this word thrown around with astonishing frequency—so much so that it seems like becoming more mindful can be a panacea for anything that ails us. What does it mean though, and how exactly do you practice mindfulness? Being mindful

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EMDR
Mental Health

The Healing Power of EMDR: 2 Women Share Their Experiences

By Megan Krause Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that helps people heal from their past traumatic experiences. Experts believe that past traumatic experiences can continue to cause problems in our lives if we haven’t properly processed the memory of

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recovery month
Addiction

How We Are Celebrating National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month—a time when people whose lives are touched by addiction come together to celebrate stories of hope and change. Every year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors Recovery Month to bring attention to substance use disorders and honor those

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Lifestyle

Why Now? Getting Sober Young

What am I doing I thought to myself as I sat in that depressing room. Why am I here? I’m only 21. I was about a month sober. 46 days, as I had just graduated from my 45-day rehab. I was up at the ungodly

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Recovery

The First Day of Treatment

There are two types of people who go to rehab: those who want to be there, and those that don’t. If you’re part of the first group, I have fantastic news. You’re going to love it here. Three square meals a day, comfortable beds, more

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Recovery

Hope is Alive in Hopelessness

The dawn of sobriety in our lives is not always straight trajectory to joy. Rarely, if ever, do we overcome the grips of our alcoholism unscarred or lacking severe pain. The veil is ripped away; we lay bare with our fear and depression, our desperation

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