The Tara Treatment Center Blog

Substance Abuse Meets Domestic Abuse: Nicole Emerson’s ‘Turning Point’

Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, and “Character” When she started as a case manager for Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, Nicole Emerson‘s favorite clients were the ones who successfully left their abuser and gained their own financial stability.  Nicole is quick to add that the clients’ definition of success isn’t always the same as her own.  She…

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Domestic Violence, Drugs, and Denial

Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we’re reflecting on the ways that intimate-partner violence may be linked to substance abuse.  We contacted Caryn C Burton of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  She explains, “Substance abuse intertwines with intimate partner violence in two different ways. There is, overall, a…

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Relapse Reframed: Real Reason is Trauma, Trust

Addiction is a disease.  Like other diseases, this can mean a mix of recovery and relapse.  Instead of arguing whether relapse can be a part of recovery, we should remember that taking a step back is not a moral failing. Relapse expert Lawrence Pender recommends that we should simply consider this an indicator that our recovery…

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Recovering from Addiction: What does it look like?

Recovering can sound like a fairytale to those still suffering in addiction. Recovering is possible with this simple sanity-saving strategy. A Closer Look At the H.A.L.T.S. Strategy The H.A.L.T.S mnemonic device is a great tool for recovering individuals.  The truth is, ‘triggers’ are everywhere in life.  We must develop finely-tuned coping skills in order to…

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Addiction: Supporting Families with Addicted Loved Ones

Things Every Family in Addiction Recovery Should Know Addiction recovery is a process for the whole family, yet many feel that the family often goes unsupported.  What should the family know? Below we’ve asked experts with personal or professional experience in the field. PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones) Facilitator Kathy Baker-Heckard speaks on the…

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Ann Daugherty Symposium 2018: Pain and Addiction, Relapse Prevention, Gestalt Therapy, and Spiritual Approaches

Highlighting Recent Recovery Research We had great speakers this year!  Topics ranged from treatment of addiction alongside chronic pain, all the way to an ultra-modern take on the topic of spirituality and recovery.  Below are highlights containing great resources for recovery–check the links below to access resources from slides of our presenters!  Christine Turo-Shields delivers…

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Replacing Negative Habits: Art Therapy Addiction Treatment

Treating substance abuse disorders with more positive HaBits Mental health and substance abuse issues often go hand-in-hand with creativity and intelligence. Is it possible to treat underlying problems while encouraging productive habits? Art therapy addiction treatment and other experiential therapies attempt to do just this.    All the paintings in this article were created by…

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An Ancient Practice, Repurposed for Recovery

Yoga of 12 step Recovery (Y12SR) It has been said that addiction is a ‘spiritual malady’.  If that’s the case, can spiritual practices like yoga complement recovery? Addiction is an ancient problem.  Seeds of cultivated grapevines for wine have been carbon dated to be at least 7,000 years old.  Interestingly, spiritual practices like yoga are just…

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Equine Assisted Therapy: How Does It Work?

Ask a Horse Specialist: How Does Equine Assisted Therapy Work? “Nothing does as much for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.”    Ted Roosevelt wasn’t the first to speak about the spiritual benefits of animal therapy.  Today, the field is rich with talk about treatments like equine assisted therapy for addiction…

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Alcoholics Anonymous: Questions Answered in Franklin

We need the support of people who understand alcoholism while we work through recovery.  Alcoholics Anonymous provides a safe community to talk and a set of guiding principles for tackling problems. Below are the most frequently googled questions related to Alcoholics Anonymous. The six most commonly asked questions near Franklin, Indiana: Q:  Do I have to…

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Anthem Health Insurance for Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Anthem Addiction Treatment Coverage Anthem health and addiction coverage plans cover nearly 40,000,000 United States citizens.  Here are commonly asked questions:   Q:  What Is Anthem, Inc.? Answer: According to their website , Anthem is an insurance organization with roots in Indianapolis, Indiana.  They are an insurance coverage policy within the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Q:  Does…

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A Typical ‘Day In The Life’ in Addiction Treatment

Recovery from addiction does not take place overnight.  Many still suffering in active addiction need help re-establishing a daily/weekly routine. To make the most informed treatment decision, take a look at a typical ‘Day in the Life’ at Tara Addiction Recovery. A Typical Day in the Life of Women’s Treatment All treatment centers have a…

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Gender Specific Recovery Creates a Comfortable ‘Comeback’

Addiction Affects Men and Women Differently.  Different genders show different lifestyle patterns, identify with gender-specific stigmas, and have shared gender-specific events in life.  Same-sex treatment respects the different paths men and women take to sobriety.  Gender-specific recovery programs provide more comfortable treatment in three key ways: For Both Sexes, Gender-Specific Treatment Engenders Recovery Different Patterns:  Addiction has long…

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Paying Recovery Forward: Upcoming Training Opportunities

Peer Recovery Returning to the real world after treatment for addiction is disorienting.  After battling our personal demons, we return home fundamentally changed. We are eager to demonstrate our newfound strength and pay our debts forward by helping the next man.  Below are two great opportunities for advancement in this field. The therapeutic value of…

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