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Take Your Recovery on Vacation

For those in recovery, summer vacations can disrupt the routine necessary to support sobriety. Lack of structure is a main cause of relapse in any addiction, so it’s important to take your program with you when you travel. As they say in Alcoholics Anonymous, “If you...

Workshop Series Helps Heal Inner Child Issues

As a child moves through the developmental stages of his or her life, the hope is for a healthy progression through these stages, leading him or her towards functional adulthood. The individual then would be able to develop healthy coping mechanisms and participate in...

The Impact of Addiction

For more than 30 years, I’ve devoted my career to treating additive disorders. It’s not because I have some romanticized ideal of saving the world from the ravages of addiction. It’s because the impact of addiction destroys an addict’s life, family, career, and...

Make Positive Changes to Increase Productivity

For some people, energy and productivity seem to come ever so naturally. For others, it often can feel like every ounce of energy is required to get just one productive task accomplished. This daunting feeling may be overwhelming for some, and can lead to an array of...

30-Task Model Proves Effective in Treating Addictions

At New Leaf Center, our clinicians treat chemical dependency, sex addiction, and other addictive disorders using a research-based 30-Task Model that, when followed, has proven effective for achieving long-term recovery. The Model was developed by Patrick Carnes,...

Trauma Bonds: Why People Bond To Those Who Hurt Them

Over the past three decades, Patrick J. Carnes, Ph.D. — founder of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and Gentle Path Press — has observed that trauma and addictions tend to go hand in hand.  In his presentation...