Justin McMillen on Extra Connections

Justin McMillen, founder and CEO of Tree House Recovery, recently spoke with James Lott Jr of the Extra Connections podcast. Justin described how his personal experience getting sober lead to Tree House Recovery’s creation and curriculum. James and Justin also discuss how single sex treatment fosters strong bonds between men, …

Spring Swell: Why You Should Start Surfing This Spring

Spring Swell: Why You Should Start Surfing This Spring

The mental health benefits of surfing are endless because of how intimately connected to water you are. Water is a proven treatment for everything which doesn’t feel good from stress and disease to trauma and addiction. Surfing pulls you out into the elements. Your feet are in water. Your hands …

MEL Magazine Visits Tree House Recovery

Journalist C. Brian Smith visited Tree House Recovery while researching a feature for MEL magazine. His article documents a Tree House client’s experience while articulating what makes us so special. Smith discusses how our evidence-based, physically-oriented practices make Tree House the most effective addiction treatment available. We loved reading the …

Doctors are prescribing time outdoors because there are a number of benefits better received outside than through synthetically created or naturally derived medications or substances. Vitamin D, for example, is an essential vitamin for our body to function and regulate hormones, our sleep, our immune system, and much more.

Nature Rx: Why Doctors are Turning to Alternative Prescriptions

California is a nature lover’s playland. Orange County is one of the most highly sought after places of residence for people seeking the California lifestyle. From our world famous beaches and surf to our beautiful mountains and access to all of California’s wonder, living in Orange County is an adventure. …

Neural Plasticity: Why Changing Your Brain Matters For Recovery

Neural Plasticity: Why Changing Your Brain Matters For Recovery

Your brain is the center of your life. Your thoughts, your body, your functions, your decisions, your behaviors, your habits, your philosophies, and even your spirituality all happen from different parts of your brain. Taking care of your brain is as important as taking care of your body. Your brain …

Are Opioid Painkillers Really Necessary for Pain Management?

Are Opioid Painkillers Really Necessary for Pain Management?

There have been a number of exposes written in the last year or two which have blown the lid off of the opioid industry. A rich family, a rich opportunity, a rich marketing scheme designed to mislead doctors, hide facts, and keep patients pumped on opioids, led to a ten …

Media & Our Minds: The Pitfalls of Entertainment in Recovery

By Michael A Tree House Staff Today, entertainment is at it’s most immersive. With everyday technology capable of streaming our favorite shows and games, it’s challenging not to binge watch media during free time. This is ok in balance, just like anything else. What is potentially dangerous on the topic …

Where The Wildflowers Are: Southern California’s Springtime Surprise

Where The Wildflowers Are: Southern California’s Springtime Surprise

Southern California isn’t all beaches. Many of the counties in Southern California boast multiple microclimates which invite you to enjoy varieties in nature from the pine tree covered mountains, to the palm tree lined streets of beach towns, to the cactus scattered desert, to the flowing meadows, to the High …

How Long Does It Take For Alcohol To Affect The Prefrontal Cortex?

How Long Does It Take For Alcohol To Affect The Prefrontal Cortex?

Alcohol changes the way we behave, the decisions that we make, and inhibits our ability to control all of our behavior. Largely that is because alcohol interferes with the functions of the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is one of the most responsible parts of our brains. Numerous functions which …

More Than Scissors And Wrapping Paper: Heroin Addiction And The Brain

More Than Scissors And Wrapping Paper: Heroin Addiction And The Brain

In our last blog, we referenced a metaphor for heroin addiction which has now become a famous way for understanding the treacherous cycle. Heroin addiction can start off with indescribable experiences of pleasure and euphoria until the brain develops a tolerance and can no longer achieve the same high. Instead …

Andy Irons: Kissed by God Movie Premier

Andy Irons is known as one of the greatest surfers to ever ride a wave, or as he calls it, getting “Kissed by God.” His tragic death in 2010 shocked the entire surf world, leaving his wife Lyndie, and his soon to be born son Axel, behind. The Andy Irons …

Language and Thought in Addiction Recovery

By Michael A Tree House Staff Common Negative Language How often do we hear people say things like “I can’t do that, it’s too hard” or “I’m just an addict/alcohol” as an excuse? Many of us are guilty of this negative talk and may not even know it. This way …

Coming Clean: Why You Should Tell People You’re Sober

Coming Clean: Why You Should Tell People You’re Sober

Our previous blog examined today’s cultural climate in regards to anonymity. We live in a more open and understanding world which celebrates recovery instead of punishes addiction. Conclusively, we emphasized that opening up about your sobriety is entirely your choice. You do not have to tell people you have lived …

Coming Clean: Do You Have To Tell People That You’re Sober?

Coming Clean: Do You Have To Tell People That You’re Sober?

Sobriety has long held a philosophy of anonymity due to the shame and stigma which accompanies it. People who have had men addicted to drugs or alcohol in their families spoke about their family member on the hush hush. Alcoholics Anonymous was created to be anonymous so that the many …

Ditch The Curtains To Improve Your Circadian Rhythm

Ditch The Curtains To Improve Your Circadian Rhythm

There are few greater feelings than drawing your curtains closed for the night knowing that the dark abyss of sleep awaits you for hours upon hours on end. When you’re exhausted, sleep deprived, and looking to get some quality shut eye, the idea of pervasive darkness is attractive. However, sleeping …

What are Super Foods (and should I care)?

What are Super Foods (and should I care)?

“Superfoods” have become all the rage in recent years. When a food is designated a “superfood” it becomes a hot new trend in diet, health, wellness, and nutrition focused lifestyles. Each superfood is loaded with beneficial vitamins and nutrients which go above and beyond the average food source. Regularly consuming …

How to Manage PAWS: Using Tree House Recovery Techniques

How to Manage PAWS: Using Tree House Recovery Techniques

In our previous blog we discussed PAWS, post-acute withdrawal syndrome and how being uninformed about what PAWS is and the effects PAWS can have is a potential risk for relapse. As a quick recap, PAWS is a phenomenon of men and women who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction …

How Does PAWS Lead To Relapse?

How Does PAWS Lead To Relapse?

Too few individuals who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction are thoroughly educated on the critical subject of PAWS: post acute withdrawal syndrome. Outside of clinical facilities and treatment centers, many people are unaware of the peculiar symptoms of PAWS which can periodically show up in the first two …

What To Eat Before A Workout

What To Eat Before A Workout

Eating before a workout is recommended to give your body the energy it needs to perform. However, what you eat before a workout can drastically influence the results of your workout. Eating too much, or too much of the wrong kinds of food, will work against your body instead of …

What To Eat After A Workout

What To Eat After A Workout

Imagine running your car for hours on end, driving it hundreds and hundreds of miles. As you expel the energy changed from the gasoline in your car it continues to put out energy in speed, endurance, and distance. The gas level gets low and you’re still cruising. The gas level …

Counterfeit Opioids: The Dangers of Fentanyl Laced Pills

By Michael A Tree House Staff After a bust in Orange County the week of April 5, 2018, three men were accused of a counterfeit opioid operation. Authorities found thousands of homemade look-a-like oxycontin pills in their home. However, these pills did not contain the same dosage or ingredients as …