Yearly Archives: 2015

How the Environment of a Treatment Center Affects Outcomes

There are many factors that contribute to someone becoming addicted to a substance. While genetics play a part, environmental factors like personal experiences and physical surroundings also play a large role. Environmental factors can be a hindrance for someone even after they decide to get help. Overcoming the Environmental Cues of Addiction Simply put, it … Read More

Chasing Away the Monster Under My Bed Through Fellowship

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” –Eleanor Roosevelt During a traumatic event in my chlidhood, a ‘horrible monster’ invaded my psyche. Since that time, I have always been quite the pessimist, often struggling from crippling … Read More

Interview with Addiction Counselor: How to Develop Self-Esteem in Recovery

If you haven’t been to Duffy’s, I’d like to introduce you to one of our counselors, Christy. Christy is an art therapist with an incredible amount of wisdom. A lot of times, I think we view wise people as somber, quiet individuals who don’t enjoy life, but not Christy—she embodies fun! I had the opportunity to pick … Read More

The Adult Ride: Emotional Maturity in Addiction and Recovery

I’m Patrick, a counselor at Duffy’s, and I’d like to share some observations on the topic of emotional maturity. I’ll focus primarily on the emotional maturity of two groups: The alcoholic/addict in active addiction. The alcoholic/addict in recovery. I’ll often hear that the emotional maturation process is stunted for those with addiction issues when they … Read More