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Navigating Landmines: Staying Sober

Recovered addicts will tell you, their addiction is never far from their thoughts. It’s not that their obsessing over or wishing for whatever substance or activity they were addicted to. Rather, it’s an awareness of how many different ways addiction can sneak back into their lives – and why they have to be ever-vigilant and …

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The Benefits of Maintaining Efficient Communication Channels With Clients’ Healthcare Providers

Wasatch Crest’s Clinical Director, Rich McDonald, CMHC, discusses methods for maintaining clear communication channels between healthcare providers and the recovery center. You can watch Rich’s presentation below. A full continuum of care is necessary for successful, long-term recovery. Clear communication channels between providers and the recovery center ensure clients are supported throughout the substance abuse …

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“There are no shortcuts in recovery.” — Maggie’s Recovery Story

Wasatch Crest graduate, Maggie Talucci, shared her recovery story with us. You can watch her tell her story and read her inspiring narrative below. My name is Maggie and I am a Wasatch Crest alum! If I really look back at my addiction, it began with food at a very young age. Sugar, in particular, …

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Mental Prep for the Holiday Season Ahead

Addicts in recovery can be doing fine one day, and then Thanksgiving with the family looms in the near distance. The holiday season can be the most challenging for recovering addicts because they are forced to be near people who may either threaten their recovery or threaten their self-esteem, which, in turn, threatens their recovery. …

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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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“I am grateful to be alive.” — Marty’s Recovery Story

By 2009, I had already been dealing with chronic pain for a few years, due to playing football in college. But that year, something changed. What had been everyday aches and pains, became a daily barrage of neck pain and migraines. At the same time, I was dealing with a very stressful work environment and …

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