Conventional treatment for addiction often takes the form of a 12-Step program, a method originally established by Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930s based on the belief that we can’t, and will never be able to, control our addictions. A more holistic, integrative approach to addiction...

The connection between addiction and mental health disorders has long been known. A recent study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health confirms a link between opioid abuse and anxiety disorders. Says its lead author, Silvia Martins, MD, PhD, "Lifetime non-medical prescription opioid...

Sedona has long been a sought-after location for spiritual and healing practices. The site of sacred Native American ceremonies for centuries and a mecca for healers and alternative therapists for decades, it’s no wonder Sedona is a modern-day capital of wellness-focused facilities and activities. Its...

Dual diagnosis is defined as a concurrent mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc., combined with a substance use disorder or addiction.  Dual diagnosis is also referred to as co-occurring disorders, which means a person has two or more issues happening at the...

Underlying all addictions are unmet needs or needs being met in non-nourishing, unhealthy or unsustainable ways. Cutting-edge addiction treatment recognizes that addictions are, in part, coping strategies to manage the pain and suffering caused by underlying issues related to traumatic experiences.Trauma is a very upsetting...

There is a growing and welcome trend in addiction treatment where the focus is on the underlying and root cause of the addiction rather than on the symptom of the addiction itself. Traditional 12 step treatment programs believe that addiction is a life- long incurable...

Over the last decade, there has been a welcome expansion in options for addiction recovery beyond the traditional 12 Step model. With just a little research, it is possible to identify numerous alternatives in treatment programs offering “Non-12 Step” and “Holistic” approaches to addiction recovery....