What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the leading evidence-based therapies being used in the treatment of addiction and alcoholism. Perform a “Google” search for cognitive behavioral therapy and find a myriad of conditions supported by the therapy type. Numerous studies have been conducted on the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy …

Enabling vs Helping: What's the Difference?

Enabling vs Helping: What’s the Difference?

Helping helps, it is said. Enabling hurts. When we see a loved one struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol, we want to help in anyway we can. We want to take away their pain, prevent them from being hurt, quiet their tears, and do what we can to make …

Sobriety and Atheism: Do I need to be Religious to Get Sober?

Sobriety and Atheism: Do I need to be Religious to Get Sober?

The twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and all other 12 step programs, include the word God. Twelve step programs are referred to by those who follow them as spiritual programs, programs of spiritual living, or programs offering a spiritual solution. The founders of Alcoholics Anonymous anticipated that the suggestion of …

Detox Timeline: What to Expect When Withdrawing From Alcohol

Detox Timeline: What to Expect When Withdrawing From Alcohol

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can become dangerous, even life threatening, when it is not properly managed. Medically assisted detox is the safest way to stop drinking in the initial steps towards a new sober life. Each person’s experience with alcohol withdrawal will vary based on their genetics, their metabolism, and the …

Nutrition: Grocery Shopping

Nutrition: Grocery Shopping

Men who come to treatment at Tree House Recovery learn how to take care of themselves by building a healthy and sustainable relationships with their bodies. Our program helps men learn that their bodies are like machines. What they put into their bodies determines how their body will be able …

Milestones in Recovery: Am I Eeady to Move Back to my Old Life?

Milestones in Recovery: Am I Ready to Move Back to my Old Life?

You’ve been away from home for quite some time. With great difficulty, you made the decision to leave your hometown, perhaps your home state, to attend a treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction. Boldly and bravely, you set forth on a journey of recovery, healing your mind, your body, …

Quitting Cigarettes in Addiction Recovery

By Keith W Tree House Staff I had been sober for two months and still felt awful. I woke up hungover and sick every morning. I was constantly tired, with a sore throat and an alarming cough. I was eating well, working out daily, and getting enough sleep, but these …

Detox Timeline: What to Expect When Withdrawing From Benzos

Detox Timeline: What to Expect When Withdrawing From Benzos

Valium, Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan are some of the most common names associated with benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are a class of prescription drugs used to depress the Central Nervous System in order to alleviate anxiety and panic, as well as other conditions. For many years, benzodiazepines have been prescribed under the …

Detox Timeline: What to Expect When Withdrawing From Heroin

Detox Timeline: What to Expect When Withdrawing From Heroin

In 2016, over 60,000 people are estimated to have lost their lives to overdose on opioid drugs. Opioids are the class of drugs which are derived from the opium poppy plant and interact with the naturally occurring opioid receptors in the brain. Heroin is an opioid known for being highly …

Milestones in Recovery: Am I Ready to Date?

Milestones in Recovery: Am I Ready to Date?

Simply and plainly stated, drugs and alcohol can kill you. Dating, or not dating, can not. If you make the decision to start dating too soon, you might find yourself incapable of handling the tumultuous emotions that can come with dating. Dating certainly can be fun- a lot of fun, …

Is Marijuana Addictive?

Is Marijuana Addictive?

Marijuana legalization is spreading. With the growing trend of consuming marijuana for medicinal purposes in addition to recreational purposes, there is a growing concern for marijuana addiction. For many years, marijuana was not considered to be addictive. However, what marijuana was in the past is not what it is today. …

Am I an Alcoholic?

Am I an Alcoholic?

“Am I an alcoholic?” Many a drinker, alcoholic and not, have asked themselves this question. Commonly, the question comes on the tail end of a particularly difficult ‘bender’, or extended period of abusive alcohol consumption. Other times, the question might come in a moment of clarity in an otherwise functional …

Ways To Enjoy The Beach In The Winter

Ways To Enjoy The Beach In The Winter

People who live by the beach have an interesting relationship to the winter. Some beaches get cold. Other beaches get what their locals and natives might call cold, but doesn’t hold a comparison to the cold of winter experienced in other parts of the world. Winter on the beach is …

Signs of Addiction

Signs of Addiction

Addiction affects the mind, the body, and the spirit. As a result, the signs of addiction spread mentally, behaviorally, socially, physically, and emotionally. Mental signs of addiction Addiction changes the way the brain operates. Sometimes referred to as a ‘highjacking’, drugs and alcohol rewire the brain, causing changes in basic …

What to do if You/Your Loved one Relapses

What to do if You/Your Loved one Relapses

One thing needs to be immediately understood about relapse: it does not have to be part of the recovery process. Men in recovery might experience temporary slips by returning to drug and alcohol use or abuse for a few days or less. A relapse is typically anything more than a …

Get-Well Jobs: The Value of Low-Stress Jobs in Early Recovery

Get-Well Jobs: The Value of Low-Stress Jobs in Early Recovery

Some men come to recovery at the peak of their career. Some, just the beginning of their career. Some men are in school training for their desired career. Men can be in high pressure jobs, executive positions, and develop alcoholism. Men can be scientists, poets, athletes, dancers, explorers, and develop …

Is AA the only way?

Is AA the only way?

For centuries, there was no solution to the problem of alcoholism. Medical and psychological professionals alike were confounded by the persistent obsession of alcoholics and alcohol. In the late 1930s as America was attempting to recover from the Great Depression, a man named Bill Wilson was trying to recover from …

Rehab Duration: The Value of Extended Treatment

A model for the treatment of alcoholism was developed in Minnesota in the 1950s. Called the “Minnesota Model”, Daniel J. Anderson, Ph.D along with others founded the 28-day treatment program. The goal of a treatment program then, as it is now, was to stabilize an individual. Despite his degree and …

Out of State Rehab: The Value of Leaving my Home State for Treatment

What defines a home? If you ask the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “home” means: “One’s place of residence” “The social unit formed by a family living together” “A familiar or usual setting” “Habitat” If you ask someone else, “home” has much more meaning. The idea of home tends to elicit sentiments of …

A Mindful New Year: 5 Mindfulness Practices for a Sober 2018

By Dan Delabre Tree House Staff There are no cure-all pills or “easy” fixes to treating substance abuse. It’s not something that sobriety can’t be achieved overnight, and it’s not always going to be easy or pleasant. But there are solutions to solving the puzzle of addiction. You just have …

Justin McMillen on Unpause Your Life

Justin McMillen, founder and CEO of Tree House Recovery, sat down with Dr. Cali Estes, host of Unpause Your Life. Justin and Dr. Estes discuss the processes that lead to Tree House Recovery’s comprehensive, effective, and sustainable approach to addiction treatment. Check out the episode to hear Justin’s views on …

Justin McMillen on The Motivation Report

Justin McMillen, founder and CEO of Tree House Recovery, sits down with the Motivation Report’s host, William Sterling. They discuss Tree House Recovery’s philosophies and mechanics, explaining what makes our program so effective. Justin talks about the importance of strong social bonds in recovery and discusses how many of the …

Sober for the Holidays: Navigating the Holiday Season in Recovery

September comes with Labor Day, a sought after break from work and school with little to no extracurricular culture attached. October brings Halloween and the many other celebrations included on October 31st throughout the world. November comes with Thanksgiving and the looming promise of more- “the holidays”. No sooner do …

MMA addiction rehab hug

Bro Grabs | Fun & Friends in Sobriety

By Michael A Tree House Staff Let’s face it, hugs can be weird. As men, we don’t typically hug each other. John Wayne wasn’t a hugger, and that’s a “real man.” Let’s take a look at this though.. When we see a friend we have this innate desire to grab …