The Tara Treatment Center Blog

Gender and Addiction: Why We Relapse

“Don’t stay long in the shame-filled grounds of relapse. Fertile soil awaits your return and your recovering.” — Holli Kenley, therapist and author, from Mountain Air: Relapsing and Finding the Way Back…One Breath at a Time Although many aspects of addiction are similar for everyone, a person’s gender can have a significant impact on their…

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How Can We Put a Positive Face on Addiction Recovery?

The stigma of substance addiction is hard to escape. Even after someone has completed treatment and entered long-term recovery, other people might approach them with suspicion and distrust. Unfortunately, many people are uncomfortable with the idea of recovering substance users living and working in their community. Consider what Mike Townsend, Director of Recovery Kentucky, has…

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Gender and Addiction: The Scars of Past Trauma

“Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: the past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside.…

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Gender and Addiction: How Stigma Affects Women and Men

While women and men are more alike psychologically than they are different, each gender is faced with unique social roles and expectations. We’ve discussed in a previous post how gender differences can affect what a person needs during addiction treatment, but we’ve only scratched the surface on the unique ways women and men experience addiction.…

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Detoxification vs. Treatment vs. Recovery: What’s the Difference?

Jennifer Parker, BSW, LAC, ACRPS, has been with Tara Treatment Center since 1997. She became Clinical Supervisor in 2018. Treatment. Recovery. Therapy. Counseling. Detoxification. Rehabilitation. The process of overcoming and healing from addiction has many parts, but the terms we use to describe each part aren’t always explained clearly. This can make recovery seem confusing…

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AA Big Book in Focus: The Desperation of the First Drink

“The mass of men lead lives of quite desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.” — Henry David Thoreau, philosopher and writer Chapter 3 of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book uses a number of powerful words to define alcoholism. Obsession. Illusion. Insanity. All of these can be found within the very first paragraph of…

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Finding Hope on the Other Side of Addiction

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.” — Alexandre Dumas For those with substance addictions, one of the greatest struggles can be finding the strength to fight…

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More from Dr. Quinn Chipley on Substance Use Experiences, Treatment Transitions and Society’s Love-Hate Relationship with Substance Users

More on Substance Addiction from Dr. Quinn Chipley In our last two posts on the science of the “pleasure principle” and abstinence-based addiction recovery, we’ve featured many wise insights from addiction specialist Dr. Quinn Chipley. Dr. Chipley is one of five expert speakers who will be presenting at our 10th Annual Ann Daugherty Symposium on…

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