The Importance Of A Support System In Addiction Treatment

  • Ilana Jael
  • December 20, 2021
  • 4 min read

One of the reasons that our intensive treatment program takes the Twelve Steps as one of its foundational aspects is because there is so much empirical evidence for the utility of twelve step support groups to aid in recovery. Membership in Alcoholics Anonymous has been shown by multiple studies to be more effective than formal […]

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5 Signs It May Be Time For Addiction Treatment

  • Ilana Jael
  • December 19, 2021
  • 6 min read

The decision to seek intensive treatment for a substance abuse problem is not often an easy one to make, due to factors like the social stigma that surrounds addiction, the internal sense of guilt and shame that can come with addiction issues, and practical and financial considerations that can make committing to a treatment program […]

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3 Ways Owning A Pet Can Give You A Mental Health Boost

  • Ilana Jael
  • December 13, 2021
  • 4 min read

A full 74 percent of pet owners feel that their mental health has been improved by their relationship with their animal pal. While pet ownership is not for everyone, it is worth taking a look at the ways connecting with and caring for an animal can have a positive impact on human mental health.  1. […]

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Why Can Art Therapy Be Effective?

  • Ilana Jael
  • December 13, 2021
  • 3 min read

One of the many forms of therapy offered at Delray Beach IOP is expressive arts therapy. Art therapy is defined by the American Art Therapy association as “an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience […]

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How a Healthy Diet Can Fuel Your Recovery

  • Ilana Jael
  • December 6, 2021
  • 4 min read

One of the less recognized aspects of addiction and the havoc it can wreak on the physical body is the way in which it affects nutrition and eating habits. First, as you do probably know, people suffering from severe addiction will often appear malnourished.  This is because many drugs of abuse suppress appetite, which leads […]

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Why We Use The Twelve Steps In Addiction Recovery

  • Ilana Jael
  • December 6, 2021
  • 3 min read

What Are The “Twelve Steps?” One of the oldest, most respected, and most tried and true approaches to addiction recovery are the Twelve Steps, which we use as a central tenet of our treatment program here at Delray Beach IOP.  The twelve steps originated in 1935, when they were developed and codified in the “Big […]

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The Importance Of Aftercare In Addiction Treatment

  • Ilana Jael
  • November 18, 2021
  • 3 min read

As our past blog posts have enumerated, addiction is an incredibly complex disease, one that has no straightforward “cure.” However, it is a disease that can go into a robust, lasting remission if a person dedicates themselves wholeheartedly to recovery and receives the appropriate physical and psychological treatment.  But while treatment creates a solid foundation […]

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How Long Should I Expect To Stay In Addiction Treatment?

  • Ilana Jael
  • November 16, 2021
  • 5 min read

How long a patient stays in addiction treatment is highly variable, depending on the severity of their substance abuse problem, what level of care they require in their treatment, the strength of their motivation to recover, their individual mental and physical health needs, their personal and professional obligations, how long they have been using what […]

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One of the most well studied and frequently applied methods of treating addiction is that of cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, which is one of the foundations of the therapeutic program we offer here at Delray Beach IOP.  Along with addiction, cognitive behavioral therapy is also used to treat depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention […]

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Addiction is an incredibly complicated disease that can persist for many reasons. But, especially with certain highly physically addictive drugs—for instance, alcohol and opiates—the persistence of physical cravings for substances is a huge driver of continual abuse and relapses.  This is where the idea of medication assisted treatment comes in. While no medication can “cure” […]

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