Treating the Whole Person, Not Just the Addict

Alice Miller, world renowned psychologist and author, studied the impact of all kinds of child abuse on the human psyche. In her book, Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth, she says, “What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a …

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Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms: What You Need to Know

WebMD spoke to Wasatch Crest’s Clinical Director, Rich McDonald, MS, CMHC, about heroin withdrawal symptoms. Here’s a preview of what Rich had to say: “’A major concern with heroin withdrawal is dehydration and the desperate emotional state that accompanies the process,’ adds Rich McDonald, clinical director at Wasatch Crest Treatment Services. ‘Even if the withdrawal …

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Why You Should Connect With Others in Recovery and Where to Start

When we look at relapse patterns, 99.9 percent of the time, clients report that they stopped working their program prior to relapsing. This means that they stopped putting their recovery first, maybe by not attending meetings or their outpatient treatment sessions. That’s when the relapse starts—when individuals start to disengage with their recovery regimen, not …

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“Willingness, an open mind, and honesty.” — Gary’s Recovery Story

My substance abuse started when I was seventeen, but it wasn’t until 2012 that my life was completely in shambles. That year is also when I attended my first treatment center, an intensive outpatient program in Payson. I was attending treatment for no other reason than to appease a judge and my family. So, instead …

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How to Practice Mindfulness in Recovery

When we’re in active addiction, we become accustomed to numbing painful emotions by engaging in behaviors that provide instant gratification. In recovery, we must learn to shed the urge to “escape” feelings of discomfort and become comfortable sitting with them.   Luckily, mindfulness is a simple and effective tool that can provide a variety of benefits, …

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“Living a life that I can be proud of.” — Austin’s Recovery Story

At 21 years old, I woke up on a dirty bathroom floor. I was so high on drugs and alcohol that I couldn’t even move. I didn’t have a job, I had just gotten out of rehab, and my family was blowing up my phone. While laying there, I had completely convinced myself that I …

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“Be rigorously authentic, do hard work, and surrender to the outcome.” — Tyson’s Recovery Story

My name is Tyson, and like most people who struggle with a substance use disorder, I dealt with some traumatic experiences at an early age. My father was shot and killed when I was four by a man who worked for us. My mom was young, and the tragedy sent her on a path of …

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