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Getting Gender-Specific with Mike Denton

Valentine’s Day is Over!   Mike Denton is a big believer in gender-specific treatment, explaining that “Early in anyones recovery, we can’t help but be distracted by the opposite sex.”   Over the course of Mike’s long-term personal recovery and career as a professional in the field of addiction, Mike has observed the profound relationship between sex,…

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Mike Denton’s Bolder Big Book (SPOILER: It isn’t Blue!)

On Anonymity Mike Denton isn’t just a highly-respected professional in the field of addiction, he speaks openly about his own story of recovery–and encourages others to do the same. “Did you know that the original Alcoholics Anonymous cover wasn’t the dull blue we picture today?  Rather, it was bright orange and yellow to catch the…

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One (Valentine’s) Day at a Time: Mike Denton on Dating in Recovery

an Unofficial rule for newfound sobriety… There is an unwritten rule regarding relationships for those in early recovery… When newly sober and in early recovery, don’t date.  Focus on finding yourself. To be fair–it’s not a formal rule, and not directly addressed in the 12 steps.  But addiction counselors agree it’s a good idea. Mike Denton…

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Beating Burnout with Bridgette

Beating Burnout this year Whether you have found your career vocation or not, employment burnout is a very real threat to continued recovery.  Fulfilling work in a supportive environment can nourish our resolve and promote personal growth.  On the other hand, many of us continue to ‘grind’ through jobs that feel unpleasantly stressful.  Here are…

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In D.A.R.E.’s Defense: Sgt. Christine Rapp

Truth or D.A.R.E. with sergeant Christine Rapp Last week we featured addiction and relapse expert Lawrence Pender’s poignant criticism of the D.A.R.E. program.  For the sake of good reporting, we reached out to Abbey Norris at D.A.R.E. Indiana who referred us to an expert local D.A.R.E. leader, Sergeant Chris Rapp. Sergeant Christine Rapp is a…

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Double D.A.R.E. with Lawrence Pender

Drug and Alcohol resistance programs As we prepare for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week this January 22nd-27th, let’s take a closer look at the longstanding preparation program D.A.R.E. In recent years the D.A.R.E. program has been criticized, with some evidence suggesting that the program may even encourage curiosity regarding substance use.  Lawrence Pender passionately…

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Truth or D.A.R.E. with Lawrence Pender

Modern addiction prevention programs in school are ineffective. What do we do Instead? National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists…

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Handling Holiday Stress with Yoga: “Nama Sleigh”

How Becky Mann Handles Holiday Stress with Yoga Though we seldom acknowledge it, this time of year is always sure to bring some holiday stress.  Visiting home with family and old friends can seem to pull us back into unhealthy states of mind and old habits.  At the same time, isolation isn’t a very good…

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Tim Ryan and Annie Baker on Driving Under the Influence

To commemorate December as National Impaired Driving Awareness Month, we’ve interviewed recovering addict Tim Ryan on his personal experiences getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.  Tim shares his story in the hopes that he can persuade others to learn from his mistakes. Tim Ryan Tim Ryan was a successful businessman before hitting his ‘rock-bottom’. We…

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Mother’s Against Drunk Driving are MADD for Recovery in Indianapolis

December is National Drunk Driving Awareness Month MADD: Mother’s Against Drunk Driving Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a nonprofit organization seeking to stop drunk driving, support those affected by drunk driving, and strive for stricter impaired driving policy, whether impairment is caused by alcohol or any other drug. There is at least one MADD office in every state,…

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Drunk Driving Awareness Month with Tim Ryan

Drunk driving and drugged driving prevention month Every president of the United States since 1981 has shown a commitment to preventing impaired driving by proclaiming December as National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month or, more recently, National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. What has prompted presidents from both sides of the aisle to make such…

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Tax Credits: Paying it Forward (and getting a lot back!)

The Season of Giving Tara Treatment Center’s superior level of care has recently been recognized by the state of Indiana, allowing for donations to be reimbursed at a considerably higher rate through tax credits. There is no better way to ‘pay it forward’ than to help your fellow man kick an addiction.  It’s the time…

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Career Development Month with Jim and Heather Klein

Developing Careers November is National Career Development Month, which has a special meaning in the context of Tara Treatment Center.  Here, recovery can mean restarting life completely.  Recovery presents unique challenges to those with career ambitions.   As they complete rehabilitation, Ann’s Restaurant can act as an essential first step to gain new experience, impress new…

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The Roots of Red Ribbon Week: Appreciating Law Enforcement Efforts

The Red Ribbon Symbolizes Sacrifice After his military service, Enrique Camarena became a police officer in his hometown and then a specialized illicit substance agent.  His family knew how passionately he cared, but worried that his determination may get him into trouble.  His mother tried to talk him out of it. “I’m only one person”,…

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Red Ribbon Week: Raising Awareness Across the Community

Red Ribbon Week 2018 Red Ribbon Week is a drug awareness and violence prevention campaign which takes place annually in the last week of October.   As the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country, “Red Ribbon Week serves as a method and opportunity for communities and individuals to take a stand against drug…

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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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Managing Manipulative Behavior with Boundaries

It can be tough to tolerate manipulative behavior in an addicted loved one.  At times it is difficult not to let anger show–this is where boundaries come in.  The Meaning of Manipulative The first advice Sarah Stillerman gives is to attend Al-anon or Nar-anon for families in recovery. There, they can learn how they may be…

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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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Boundaries and Bouncing Back

Family, Love, and Boundaries This blog entry is in response to demand for resources on co-dependence/ boundaries from our facebook page!  Thank you for your feedback! Addiction feeds off of co-dependence.  As Diane Buxton explains, “It’s a family disease, isn’t it?  [See Diane’s personal story here]“. This begs the question, ‘What tools can we use to…

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Tara Employee Fighting for Tara Alumni: Mandy Johnson

Meet Mandy Johnson, coordinator of Annual Tara Alumni Celebration Mandy Johnson is dedicated to  Tara Alumni.   She oversees  Tara’s Annual Alumni Celebration, and has a personal connection to addiction. Why is Mandy so dedicated to addiction recovery? “After working at Tara for 13 years, I’ve gained a new understanding of what it means to love…

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Alcoholism and Images of Inspiration: Sarah Stillerman

Sarah Stillerman has devoted the last decade to doing battle with her alcoholism. “The biggest influence to my addiction was the lack of consequences. I knew where I could go and what I could get away with. I was introduced to the party scene as a teenager, where alcohol became my best friend and my…

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Images of Inspiration: Spencer Medcalf

Want to know what inspires us? Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  So many of us fail to see our own personal greatness.  Recovery stories like Robert Downey Jr.’s show that any of us can improve ourselves, but too often we assume a person is only ‘great’ when they make national headlines.  At Tara Treatment Center, a…

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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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Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

Slipping into Slumber is a Necessity Feeling tired?  First of all–If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, you’re letting waste products build up in your brain. Secondly, “Slipping into slumber is a necessity”.  Dr. Vyga Kaufmann speaks on the advantages CBT (that is, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) has in treating insomnia, and the relation of…

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Diet, Mental Health, Addiction Recovery: H.A.L.T.S.

What does recovery look like? Whether you’re in recovery or not, life hands us all stressful situations which require a clear, calm head.  Addiction separates us from our emotions and feelings, and those in early recovery have difficulty reconnecting with them.  When you’re feeling overwhelmed by life, take a step back and ask yourself a…

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Post-Intervention with Scott Watson

DIFFERENT INTERVENTIONISTS, DIFFERENT INTERVENTIONS: COMPARING APPROACHES When working with a professional to prepare for an intervention, families go to great lengths to prepare the meeting with their struggling loved one.  Scott Watson has different views from professional Nick Sahaidachny, interviewed in our previous post in this series. Nick focuses on helping families rationally detach from their loved…

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Intervening: Three Important Guidelines

Intervening with Nick Sahaidachny The goal of an intervention is to hold a mirror up to your loved one.  Unfortunately, “No one experiences spontaneous insight”, as Nick Sahaidachny explains.  Intervening is seldom pleasant, but can save the life of your loved one and restore peace to your family. With years of personal and professional experience…

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Intervention:

How to have an intervention with less conflict than you’d think   Many think of A&E’s television show when they think of an intervention–but shows like this tend to focus on  conflict for the sake of entertainment. Bruce Perkins says it doesn’t need to be this dramatic.  With ample experience in the field of mental health and…

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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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Relapse Prevention: Strategies

Relapse Prevention Anyone who has fought addiction understands that reaching sobriety is tough, but remaining sober is even more difficult. Relapse prevention starts with planning. When you plan, you’re more likely to understand the challenges you’ll face–hopefully enabling you to spot warning signs before things spin out of control. A plan often outlines what to do in case…

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Tax Credit Program: Help Others, Help Yourself

Tax Credit Opportunity The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority awarded Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) Tax Credit to Tara Treatment Center, as an added incentive for you to support the cost of counseling services that Tara provides to its residents. The NAP tax credit means that 50% of the amount of your donation greater than…

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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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CEU’s For Counselors

CEU’s For Counselors Perhaps it’s to increase job opportunities, certificate or license renewal, or career development.  Whatever the reason, continuing education is a very real need faced by therapists and those in the mental health field.  The reasons to complete continuing education are clear, but sometimes it can be difficult to find CEU’s for counselors. Approved…

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Odysseus on Commitment Devices

Getting Committed Hernando Cortez infamously burned his ships when he arrived in the Americas.  He knew that survival would be difficult in the short term but rewarding in the long term.  He eliminated the option of making a short-sighted decision (like sailing back home) based on the temporary discomfort of his men.  What better demonstration…

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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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