Why is Recreation Important in Recovery?

Addiction and mental health recovery are difficult processes. Anyone who goes to treatment is committing to being vulnerable, so it’s important for every resident to feel safe at Sabino. We also incorporate integrated therapy into our treatment program. You can find emotional safety while learning how to manage stress and trauma symptoms during therapy sessions.

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6 Habits for Successful Addiction Recovery

As another new year approaches, many people start thinking and talking about resolutions. A new year is a perfect time to set new goals. Unfortunately, many people abandon their resolutions before the end of January. It often seems like the resolutions that people make are too ambitious or too rigid.

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Life After Treatment: The Importance of Continuing Care

Attending treatment for addiction or mental health is a huge decision that will impact the rest of your life. As you proceed through treatment, you will learn things about yourself that you never imagined. You will profoundly change and grow so it makes sense that you’ll need time to adjust and need support to understand those changes and how to integrate them into your life. Many people leave treatment and return to an environment that hasn’t changed.

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The Science Behind Reiki & How it is Beneficial to Recovery

The Sabino Recovery team prioritizes individualized recovery strategies for each person who comes to us for treatment. Successful sobriety and recovery are lifelong endeavors. At Sabino, we create treatment plans that combine medical treatment, psychotherapy, and integrative modalities.  One of our integrative options is Reiki, an alternative healing technique that has been used in Japanese medicine for centuries. Known as energy healing, Reiki practitioners direct energy through the natural electric and magnetic fields of their body and of the person they’re working with.

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Trauma is not our Fault but Healing is our Responsibility: How NARM Promotes Agency

Trauma treatment is at the root of Sabino’s recovery model. We believe that true healing comes from addressing underlying trauma with compassion. NeuroAffective Relational Model or NARM is a therapeutic approach to trauma treatment that promotes agency and encourages us to not get stuck in survival mode. It aligns with Sabino’s existing model and enhances the Sabino clinicians’ ability to truly help the people who come through our doors. The key characteristics of NARM look a bit different from some other clinical approaches: Instead of focusing on the past, NARM focuses on the present moment.

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How your Mental & Physical health is Affected by the Bacteria in Your Gut

Believe it or not, we all have an ecosystem in our guts. It’s called the gut microbiome, a collection of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. But wait! That’s a good thing! Our gut microbiomes have a huge impact on our overall mental and physical health. We’re still learning about the connections between gut health and mental health but plenty of research has shown that the health of our guts is instrumental in our overall health.

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You are What You Eat: The Nutrition Piece of the Recovery Puzzle.

We’ve all been told from a young age to eat our fruits and vegetables and maintain a healthy diet. Diet and nutrition are an important part of preserving our health long term. What we eat becomes even more critical for those recovering from alcohol, substance use, and disordered eating. Recovery is a tough but important step in the journey to better physical and mental health. While using substances, your eating habits change.

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Winter is Coming: How to Manage Seasonal Affective Disorder

Fall is approaching which in many parts of the world means changing leaves, a reprieve from the heat, baked goods, and cozy sweaters. Along with the cooler temperatures, the sun sets earlier and the days are shorter. When the weather starts to change, we experience changes to our body’s internal clock and mood. These changes can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Seasonal Affective Disorder typically affects women more than men and is seen more frequently in young adults and adolescents than in older adults.

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The Relationship Between Addictions and Family Systems

We’ve all heard the famous Tolstoy line, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Family happiness often feels similar but the trauma that each family carries looks different and manifests in different pain. Some families have a history of addiction and some perpetuate toxic methods of communication. When a family member develops an addiction, it’s important for the entire family to be involved so that the recovery journey is breaking a cycle, not just healing the individual. For many years, recovery was viewed as an individual journey.

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