The Tara Treatment Center Blog

The Science of Addiction: Brain Chemistry and the Pleasure Principle

The Science of Addiction with Dr. Quinn T. Chipley “The pleasure principle long persists, however, as the method of working employed by the sexual instincts, which are so hard to ‘educate,’ and, starting from those instincts, or in the ego itself, it often succeeds in overcoming the reality principle, to the detriment of the organism…

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Chris Plunkett, Farley Foundation: Drama,Trauma,& Student Mental Health

Treating Trauma with ‘Theater Therapy’ In the last chapter and epilogue of The Body Keeps the Score, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Expert Bessel Van Der Kolk posits that Theater began with the ancient Greeks in the form of spiritual exercises and “communal movements” like yoga. When we do things together, we become greater than the sum of…

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Success Stories of The Recovery Network Alliance (RNA)

Highlighting the Collaborative work of the Recovery Network Alliance (RNA) The RNA is a very valuable resource for Tara and our staff, who deeply appreciate the support from others who work in this field.  Progress House’s Jimmy T shares the belief that by working together, we can achieve better outcomes for the people we serve. Jimmy T. Jim Tolgaroglou…

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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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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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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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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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Your Donation Makes A Difference

Create an Opportunity Please join us in our efforts to help men, women, and their families. Your donation will allow someone an opportunity to receive the help they desperately need and at the same time may make you eligible for a NAP Tax Credit. Read more about the NAP Tax Credits »

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Fight Addiction While Getting Tax Credit

Help people get treatment AND save on your taxes! There is still time!!  2015 NAP Tax Credits are still available for donations made by December 31, 2015. We appreciate your continued investment and interest in Tara.  Our mission is provide quality care to individuals and families affected by alcoholism and/or drug addiction by promoting lifelong…

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Tara Treatment Center: One of the Best!

The Best Treatment Centers In Indiana Drugrehab.org, a national drug and alcohol addiction treatment referral organization has selected Tara Treatment Center as #2 on the list of the 10 best substance abuse treatment facilities in Indiana.   http://www.drugrehab.org/the-best-drug-rehabs/10-best-drug-rehab-centers-in-indiana/

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“Choices”

 Choices By Mike T. I was born into a loving family in 1990. My mother hardly ever drank and did not dare drink in front of us. My father however, was a functioning alcoholic. He was very caring in his ways but loved to spend his evenings in the bars after work instead of with…

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Perspective form a Tara Alumnus 

An Alumnus  Perspective  “….  For me, my sobriety isn’t so much about what I get from the program as it is who I’ve become because of the program…” Jan M.   My name is Jan and I am a grateful recovering alcoholic and drug addict.  I was born and raised in southern Indiana to family…

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Overdose: the leading cause of accidental death in the US

Today we can Help Change the Leading Cause of Accidental Death Drug overdoses account for more deaths than traffic fatalities, gun homicides and suicides. Fatal overdoses from opiate medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone alone, quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, accounting for an estimated 16,651 deaths.[1] In 2011, drug misuse and abuse caused about…

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Horticultural Therapy Helps Addiction

Horticultural Therapy and the Phenomenon of Hope Ask anyone in recovery to describe how they felt once they finally hit bottom, and most likely the feeling of hopelessness will be on the list. Conversely, a key factor associated with recovery from addiction is the phenomenon of hope. In this context, “hope” may be defined as…

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The Myth of Hitting Bottom

Rock Bottom  Bruce Perkins – Perkins Intervention, PC Have you ever heard the statement “You can’t help an alcoholic or an addict until they hit bottom?” That is exactly what I thought until I discovered the miracle of intervention while attending St. Mary’s College in Minneapolis, MN studying Chemical Dependency Family Therapy. I used to…

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Resident Perspective

An inside look from a resident’s perspective (Mary J. was a resident of Tara’s program. She graciously agreed to share her experience, strength and the message of hope in this issue of our newsletter)  My name is Mary and I am an alcoholic. Those words flow from my mouth on almost a daily basis now,…

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