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Is Neurofeedback Therapy Right For You?

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. Just as a mechanic can assess the condition of your car, neurofeedback...
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How to Know it’s Time for Rehab

Wondering if it’s time to go to rehab? Chances are, if you’re reading this, the answer is yes. Jokes aside, here are some guidelines for those who are unsure if their “partying” has crossed a line. You Are Having Health Issues If you are having...
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A Team You Can Trust: Meet Our Staff

As one of Arizona’s leading treatment facilities, with years of success stories under our belt, we believe our greatness lies in our staff, the very heart of our center, a team you can trust. At Scottsdale Providence, we have assembled a world-class team of seasoned,...
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Is a Sober Living Home Right for You?

Getting ready to leave treatment and feeling unsure about your next steps? Are you wondering if a sober living home is right for you? Leaving the safety of treatment can be scary! Most people will be faced with returning to their jobs, families, and friends...
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Is CBT Beneficial During Addiction Treatment?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy treatment that offers a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. We at Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center believe that our thoughts and beliefs shape our behaviors, and by using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, we can change false beliefs...
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How to Stay Sober Long-Term

First off, if the sound of staying sober long-term sounds like a death sentence, I feel you. I too, once thought that life without a drink sounded impossible, if not downright dreary. What about the weddings, New Year’s Eve, 4th of July barbeques, and all...
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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that teaches people how to recognize and change harmful or troubling thought patterns that affect their behavior and emotions. CBT focuses on modifying ingrained negative thinking patterns that can exacerbate emotional problems, sadness, and anxiety. As...
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Choosing the Right Scottsdale Treatment Center

Navigating the complex world of addiction treatment can be daunting. There are literally thousands to choose from–and a seemingly endless array of treatment approaches. If you’re new to the world of recovery, seeking help for a loved one, or on your 5th stint in rehab,...
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An Overdose Every 5 Minutes in America: The Latest OD Stats are Staggering

For the last few years, we’ve kept a close eye on the annual overdose stats and faithfully reported what we have observed. Each year in America, the deaths associated with ODs rose, surpassing the deaths from AIDS, car crashes, and guns at their peaks. While...
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The Family’s Role in Addiction Treatment

The old adage is true: addiction is a family disease. And as such, a family can play an essential role in a loved one’s treatment and recovery. As addiction can take a massive toll on a family’s wellbeing, getting help for yourself while the addict...
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What is EMDR and Can it Help You?

People with PTSD often have a hard time making sense of what happened to them after a traumatic event. It’s believed that past traumatic experiences continue to cause problems in our lives when the memory of that experience is not processed properly. EMDR is a...
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Signs a Loved One May be Addicted to Pills

Prescription drugs – much like anything else – can be lifesaving when used as intended but can often turn into an addiction. No one should have to suffer from extended pain or other debilitating conditions. When over-the-counter drugs won’t cut it, such as when recovering...
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Stages of Withdrawal

Millions of people suffer from the life-altering impacts of drug and alcohol addiction every year including the negative effects of withdrawal. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, up to 40.3...
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Managing Co-occurring Disorders in Recovery

A co-occurring disorder is defined as having a substance abuse disorder as well as one or more mental health issues. These can be tricky to navigate while still in the throes of addiction as one issue often amplifies the other. Many people resort to self-medicating...
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What Does Evidence-Based Rehab Treatment Mean?

Evidence-Based Rehab Treatment has become such a buzzword in the mental health and substance abuse treatment communities that it is frequently used without any explanation. While the name “evidence-based treatment” gives a hint, the subtleties are frequently lost or left unclear to the general public...
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Mental Health Outlook Remains Grim Post Pandemic

A recently released report indicates that mental health worldwide continues to be on a downward trend. The Mental Health Million Project of Sapien Labs last week issued its second report that compiled data from over 34 countries. All over the world, it found a continued...
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Do’s and Don’ts of Early Recovery

If you are just starting out on what is, hopefully, a lifelong journey of recovery, it might seem like tough going. We get it and have been there. Early recovery can be marked by anxiety, depression, regret, and fear about the future. Not to mention...
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Are We Having Fun Yet? When Early Recovery is Harder Than You’d Like

If you’ve been “overusing” drugs and alcohol for years, your life is probably in pretty rough shape. It’s easy to think that simply putting down the booze and drugs is the answer to all your problems – that getting clean will make the mess disappear...
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What to Expect in Treatment

Here we aim to answer some of the most common questions about drug treatment, the recovery process, and the various options for addiction help. How do you know if you need help from a treatment center?  You know that it’s gotten bad, but is it...
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Detox: Is it Safe to Do at Home?

Detoxing at home from alcohol or benzodiazepines (drugs like Valium, Xanax, Ativan), can seem easier, less expensive and more comfortable, but can also pose serious health risks. Most people are unaware of the potential dangers of withdrawal and are often surprised to discover that abruptly...
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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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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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How to Choose the Arizona Treatment Center That’s Best For You

With many options for rehab in the Scottsdale area, choosing the best treatment center can be overwhelming! Here’s where to start. Naturally, for families and individuals considering treatment, choosing the right center can feel like a life and death decision – because it often is!...
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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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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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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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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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Twin Pandemics: Overdoses are More Common and Deadly than Ever Before

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published its ever-more grim overdose statistics, and it’s not looking good. The data set is published annually and tracks the previous year’s deaths attributable to overdoses as well as where those ODs occur and what drugs...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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Life After Treatment: Getting Connected and Getting out There

So, you are ready to leave treatment and head out into the world. Now what? Welcome the first installment of our three-part series on Life After Treatment. Here, we offer tools, tips, and tricks for thriving out in the world, beyond the safe confines of...
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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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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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The Problem on the Street: Fentanyl and The New Face of the Opioid Crisis

The Opioid Epidemic The opioid epidemic continues to rage across the country, with a record 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017, up sharply from the previous year, which itself was record-breaking. The statistics are heartbreaking, and often leave us feeling powerless in the face...
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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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Overdose Stats for 2017 Are In: Drug Deaths Are Breaking Records

Early estimates suggest that 2017 is the deadliest year yet for drug overdoses in America. Some 72,000 people died—that’s 200 people a day or one death every eight minutes. This means drug overdoses in 2017 killed more people than guns, car crashes, or HIV/AIDS ever...
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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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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...