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Fight, Flight, Inner Sight: Interpersonal Mindfulness-Based Self-Regulation

01/17/2018 02:44:31 AM

Managing your reactions sounds like an oversimplification of handling addiction or traumatic emotional states. However, like any cognitive therapy, managing your reaction can be pared down to a practice and a muscle. With her groundbreaking ...

PROFESSIONALS AND ADDICTION: The Realities of High-Functioning Substance Use

01/10/2018 14:07:07 PM

Did you know that addiction kills one person every four minutes? Did you know that less than 10% of those struggling with a substance use disorder will seek treatment? How about that one in every 10 Americans over the age of 12 are addicted ...

Intentions

01/03/2018 12:29:37 PM

Don’t Set Resolutions, Set Intentions At the start of a new year, a resolution can seem like a guarantee for self-betterment. Our lives are as fresh as this new year, with no baggage or habits to hold us back. Right? Sadly, no. As bright eyed ...

Marley Cohn’s Journey that Led Her to Drug Addiction Therapy and Alo House

12/27/2017 12:26:16 PM

It is often those who have experienced struggle first-hand who, in turn, choose to help others for a living. We are all familiar with these inspiring stories: The mother who lost a child to drunk driving becoming a MADD activist; The child with ...

CRYSTAL THERAPY: A RITUAL TO AID IN RECOVERY

12/19/2017 16:49:56 PM

NO ONE PATH TO RECOVERY At Alo House Recovery Centers, we don’t believe the road to addiction involves a quick fix or simple solution. Addiction is a complex disease that stems from many causes and there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment. ...

The Story of How: Morgan Dickerson

12/15/2017 12:16:13 PM

The story of how Morgan Dickerson, Alo House Primary Therapist, overcame adversity and found her true calling. At Alo House Recovery Center, we proudly follow a model of Holistic Addiction Treatment. We believe in an affordable, long-term, ...

Advocating for Yourself and Others: Nonviolent Communication Practices

12/07/2017 12:34:09 PM

Especially this year, you may have had the urge to scream. Your partner, a barista, a radio host – any one of them could have said something that for whatever reason set your stomach to boil. You may take it personally: how could they say ...

Aromatherapy Has Been Chilling People Out

11/29/2017 15:42:11 PM

Aromatherapy has been chilling people out, detoxing bodies, and treating fungal infections for over 6,000 years. The ancient Greeks, Chinese, and Egyptians were extracting plants for perfumes and topical ointments long before diffusers hit the ...

ADDICTED? TELL YOUR LOVED ONES BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! THE TIME IS NOW.

11/17/2017 13:43:18 PM

We are officially less than two weeks out from the holiday season! For some of us, this means harmonious family gatherings full of gifts, good food, and a constructive, healthy environment. But for many of us, the holidays are much more stressful ...

10 Ayurvedic Practices to Incorporate into Your Everyday

11/08/2017 18:02:18 PM

“Wellness” has become a complex commodity. Feeling good can seem like more of an economical investment than a personal one. A spin membership, an ever-updating closet. We’ve been trained to experience the dopamine rush of “newness” ...

Infographic – How a Sense of Community Belonging Impacts the Brain

11/03/2017 15:48:29 PM

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Addiction and Food: The Reality of Eating Disorders.

11/01/2017 17:56:43 PM

Merriam Webster defines addiction as “a persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful”. Upon hearing the word “addiction”, most people’s minds go to dependencies such as drug and alcohol addiction. But did ...

A Short History of AA, and Why We’re Finding New Paths

10/24/2017 13:12:23 PM

Prescriptive models have contributed a lot of good to our society. They produce structure and reliability, and offer consistency in the face of irregularities. Prescriptions can also be terribly confining: they work on the assumption that every ...

Taking the First Step in Recovery: What to expect from detox.

10/18/2017 17:35:42 PM

So, you have come to acknowledge that you are struggling with addiction and are ready to seek professional help. Perhaps your friends and family have urged you to enter treatment or maybe your substance use has begun to spiral and create undeniable ...

How Belonging to a Community Affects Your Brain

10/12/2017 14:21:22 PM

“Community” has a buzziness about it. The phrase has been appropriated by commerce, turning a word meant to describe ambient human connection into a marketing effort. A very effective marketing effort at that: a community speaks to our desire ...

A Powerful Recovery Story from an Alo House Team Member, Rachel Corbett.

10/05/2017 23:09:50 PM

MEET RACHEL CORBETT, the Alo House Director of Business Development. She is an absolutely essential part of our team and is fully dedicated to our clients and anyone seeking help. She successfully manages a strong partner ecosystem so that every ...

Health and Happiness Belongs to You: How to Boost Your Mood the Natural Way

09/28/2017 18:23:14 PM

Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” But let’s face it, even with the most positive outlook, negative experiences still have the potential to wreak havoc on our moods. Imagine any of these ...

The Misrepresentation of Drugs and Their Users

09/21/2017 11:27:38 AM

When escapism is the end goal for all, how is it that certain drug users are enabled while others are marginalized by society? The use of language is one explanation, as misconceptions surrounding substance use disorders stigmatize addicts and ...

THE POWER OF MUSIC: How what we listen to affects our communities and mental health.

09/02/2017 15:43:18 PM

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen The notion that music can heal is not a far-fetched, idealistic statement. For centuries, music has been used as a tool to form community bonds and express ideas. When integrated ...

New Age or Not, A Regular Meditation Practice Can Transform Your Mental Health.

08/29/2017 13:15:39 PM

If someone told you they knew of a way to change your brain and put you in control of your mental health, would you be willing to try it? For years, a practice that has the power to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD, has been written ...

INTEGRATED CARE: The Treatment of Two Disorders Using Dual Diagnosis

08/23/2017 16:49:36 PM

ADDICTION IS A DISEASE One of the many negative stigmas surrounding addiction is the belief that it is a choice. While the media tends to sensationalize substance use and presents a warped view of addiction in the real world, research and studies ...

An Ancient Sport with Modern Value: How surfing benefits mental health and aids in recovery.

08/10/2017 12:45:08 PM

What do you think is the most ancient sport on earth? When asked this question, many people refer back to the first Olympic games, citing activities such as jumping, throwing, and wrestling. It often comes as a surprise that surfing dates back ...

Everything You Need To Know About Fentanyl

08/01/2017 18:57:59 PM

In 2016, the CDC revealed that approximately 62.5K Americans died from overdoses – a historical 19% leap from 2015. Overdoses are now officially the leading cause of death for those 50 and under, and it is largely believed that increased opium ...

Animal-Assisted Therapy: What it is, who it’s for, and why it works.

07/20/2017 12:30:58 PM

Did you know that humans first began keeping pets as long as 12,000 years ago? In the early days of pet ownership, the animal executed practical tasks such as guarding and hunting; but as society changed, the desire for pets remained. In the ...

Finding Sanctuary at Home: Tips for designing a space that promotes healing and recovery.

07/14/2017 16:49:00 PM

At Alo House, we put great care and consideration into the amenities we provide for our clients. Guests at our treatment center enjoy beautiful beaches, guided meditation, housekeeping, gourmet cooking, hiking, and more. In all aspects of treatment, ...

Sober and Social: Tips for remaining true to yourself in a new environment

07/07/2017 13:59:36 PM

The days of summer are here and that means busy social calendars, out of town visitors, and weekend getaways. Your readiness to wade back into the social scene is entirely determined by you and there is no ‘right time’. Take recovery at ...

Anxiety Disorders x Yoga

06/27/2017 22:09:31 PM

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness diagnosed in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults over the age of 18. That is a whopping 18% of the total population! Much work is being done to understand how we’ve gotten here as a society, ...

CONNECTION STARTS WITH YOU: Daily techniques to help you slow down and turn inward.

06/14/2017 16:10:23 PM

You wake up to the sound of an alarm, press “sleep” three times, and then begrudgingly roll out of bed to execute your daily morning routine: shower, brush teeth, get dressed. You rush out the door and before putting the car in drive, you ...

MASTERING YOUR SLEEP: Steps to building a healthy relationship with bedtime

06/08/2017 13:01:01 PM

We’ve all been there – you’re lying awake at night, staring at your ceiling, counting sheep and periodically checking your clock, only to find that you’re 7am wake-up call is creeping closer and closer. According to the National Institute ...

Mindfulness Based Therapy and Relapse Prevention

06/02/2017 17:07:27 PM

For years, Mindful-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has been a highly effective treatment for people who suffer from recurring bouts of depression, anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Combining the principles of cognitive therapy ...

Happy Gut, Happy Life: The Brain-Stomach Connection

05/24/2017 15:00:18 PM

There are many ways that we have been taught to treat symptoms of anxiety and depression. Meditation and mindfulness. Yoga and exercise. Talk therapy and medication. Each of these tactics have their merits, and can be greatly affective in a ...

How To Support The Addict In Your Life

05/17/2017 18:59:15 PM

The far-reaching effects of addiction extend beyond the mental and physical health of the afflicted.  Quite often, the partners and family members of those struggling with Substance Use Disorder find their lives and relationships disrupted ...

Searching For Connection: Four Ways To Live Mindfully With Technology

05/10/2017 11:28:49 AM

Think back to this morning. What was the first thing that you did when you opened your eyes? According to a recent study by Deloitte, it’s more than likely that you reached over to your bedside table, turned off the alarm on your smartphone ...

How To Remove Yourself From A Toxic Relationship

04/10/2017 14:43:25 PM

Toxic relationships are a serious problem for many people in this world. It can be hard to feel good while in the middle of a harmful relationship. It doesn’t matter if you’re dating someone who is dealing with severe drug addiction. It ...

Vicodin Addiction And Its Effects On The Body

04/08/2017 14:38:33 PM

Vicodin is a drug that is commonly used to treat pain. Because it is a strong pain killer, it is commonly prescribed for moderate to severe pain after surgery or for injuries such as broken bones or ligament tears. However, due to its chemical ...

How To Maintain Healthy Boundaries In Relationships

04/08/2017 14:21:50 PM

The entertainment industry has a lot to say about relationships. Movies, books, TV shows and even musical lyrics provide a similar definition of love: love means that a partner can treat you however he or she wants, and because you love each ...

How Effective Is Community Based Addiction Recovery?

04/06/2017 14:27:11 PM

Seclusion may be the worst situation for people who are suffering from drug addiction. Without help from other people, addicts remain only in their own environment, making it difficult to avoid temptation. In community based recovery, people ...

Tips For Parents Of Addicts

04/05/2017 14:21:15 PM

When a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it really takes a toll on the entire family. Relationships can be severed, and the person you know and love is no longer the same. There are many opinions floating around about what you should ...

The Importance Of Family When Recovering From Addiction

04/03/2017 14:18:51 PM

A family is deeply involved with the creation of the addict. They can also be a very important influence when it comes to helping an addict recover. It can start when families unknowingly have a system of dysfunction. When the negative dynamics ...

Why I Got Sober

03/31/2017 01:32:43 AM

I have to be honest, because that’s what this program is all about…I wish I could say that I got sober for some noble reason, like my family wasn’t speaking to me and I wanted them back in my life, or by girlfriend broke up with me and ...

The Top 3 Signs Of Addiction

03/22/2017 00:44:25 AM

Addiction is a serious disease and it is imperative for it to be regarded as such. If addiction is left untreated it can result in a myriad of adverse effects for the addicted individual. The timeframe for the possible effects can range in severity ...

Road to Recovery: Real Life Stories From Rehab

03/17/2017 11:53:32 AM

When an individual has been regularly abusing any kind of substance he or she will typically require outside help to stop using. Rehab can prove to be an essential piece in one’s recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Every individual ...

Who Should You Surround Yourself With During Recovery? The 5 Types Of Friends Every Person In Recovery Should Have

03/09/2017 13:56:28 PM

Recovery is an immensely personal and emotional journey. It is essential to surround oneself with individuals who can and will help support the individual in his or her recovery process. Each person’s experience in recovery will be unique. ...

Drug Use In Malibu: Things You Might Not Know About This Idyllic City

02/27/2017 18:48:47 PM

Malibu is one of the most affluent cities in California. It is located about thirty miles west of downtown Los Angeles, and it is directly on the beach. Malibu is known as the “home to the stars.” The monetary wealth that makes up this idyllic ...

Drugs And The Brain

02/20/2017 19:24:04 PM

The brain is incredibly intricate. One of the fascinating aspects of the brain is its capability to create new synaptic pathways at any time in one’s life. A significant amount of these pathways are created during one’s first several years ...

Surprising Facts About Heroin

02/14/2017 13:34:42 PM

Heroin Heroin is an opioid drug, and has been around since the end of the 1800s. A pharmaceutical company in Germany created heroin. Its initial and intended use was as a medication to treat tuberculosis. In 1924, the Heroin Act was introduced, ...

The Importance Of Having A Creative Outlet In Recovery

02/02/2017 15:17:36 PM

An individual, who commits to attending and participating in one’s own recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction, is opening up to alternative methods of healing. The individual is admitting the need for outside help and is essentially signing ...

Three Ways To Ask For Help When You Decide To Go To Rehab

01/24/2017 21:13:49 PM

Asking for help in any circumstance can be an uncomfortable and scary experience. Drug and alcohol addiction takes over an individual’s body and mind. The addiction can get so out of control that individuals who use substances may seem like ...

The Truth Behind Interventions: How To Be Prepared When Planning An Intervention For A Loved One

01/23/2017 18:28:54 PM

Interventions can be an incredibly helpful tool for family members and friends of an individual struggling with addiction, to help with the initiation of one’s recovery. Loved one’s of addicts often attempt to help the addict by constantly ...

Continuing Recovery After Treatment

01/12/2017 18:56:19 PM

How To Continue Your Recovery Post-Rehab Every individual who struggles with Substance Use Disorder and decides to stop using will have a unique rehabilitation experience. Though each individual’s experience will vary, most everyone who strives ...

2016: The First Year That Opioid Overdose Results in More Death Than Gun Violence in the United States of America

01/10/2017 17:07:17 PM

It has been reported by the CDC that there are 90 people everyday that die from gun violence in America. Unfortunately the year of 2016 marks the first year in history that death related to opioid overdose has grown larger than that of gun violence. ...

The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

12/22/2016 02:33:09 AM

Since marijuana is illegal, the alternative that many people are turning to is synthetic(artificial) marijuana. However, the rising cases of people suffering the terrible side effects of this fake weed has raised concerns about the safety of ...

What Is Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment?

12/10/2016 03:44:10 AM

Dual diagnosis treatment is becoming the new reality in many drug and mental illness facilities across the United States. Physicians, Psychologists and other medical personnel have realized that many of the old traditional programs aren’t ...

Confronting A Family Member About Their Addiction

12/08/2016 03:23:40 AM

When you have a family member who is addicted to alcohol or drugs, you face a tough decision. If you decide to intervene, then a backlash of anger could result. If you do nothing, then the problem will most likely not go away. However, if you ...

How Long Does Alcohol Withdrawal Last?

12/07/2016 03:14:29 AM

Alcohol withdrawal is just as dangerous as alcoholism. Alcoholics and their loved ones often mistake it for a simple side effect associated with recovery. Withdrawal is life-threatening for many alcoholics, and the immediate risks often outweigh ...

Co-Dependency and Addiction

12/06/2016 03:14:07 AM

Co-dependent behavior is a problem that manifests itself in many cases of addiction. A relationship where one individual concentrates too much on the needs of the other is what constitutes co-dependency. In the 1950s, therapists conducted research ...

What Is Motivational Therapy?

12/06/2016 02:34:55 AM

Therapists help clients envision a better future, and become increasingly motivated to achieve it. Either way, the strategy seeks to help clients think differently about their behavior, and ultimately, to consider what might be gained through ...

Acadia Farms – A Year of Progress and Promise for the Future

12/09/2014 13:33:24 PM

Last summer, we were excited to announce our new project, Acadia Farms. Since unveiling the organic farm project, Acadia Farms has gone on to produce an abundant amount of healthy favorites such as: Kale, Broccoli, Beets, Carrots, Strawberries, ...

Overcoming “Failure to Launch” with Bob Forrest

11/18/2014 03:31:17 AM

Recovery is a dirty business. Bob Forrest has the track record—and the forward thinking—to clean it up.  Freethinkers are seldom understood or accurately framed in their time. Years from now, Bob Forrest may be seen as a fearless innovator ...

Exploring the Social Model of Recovery, Part II: San Patrignano – A Case-Study in Community-Based, Free, Long-Term Drug Rehab

11/05/2014 03:24:38 AM

This week, we continue our series of case studies in unique, cutting-edge projects that combine addiction recovery with community development, and community economic development in particular. For this case, we travel to the fertile wine country ...

Exploring the Social Model of Recovery, Part I: Homeboy Industries

10/13/2014 19:00:37 PM

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” ― Herman Melville Acadia is performing ...

Learned Helplessness – The Enemy of Autonomy

10/08/2014 04:23:32 AM

Learned helplessness occurs when one repeatedly experiences pain and frustration, coupled with a general lack of control over his or her environment, and becomes too used to this state of being. Becoming habituated to a sense of helplessness, ...

The Cure is in the Kindness

09/27/2014 13:31:05 PM

Addiction is a poorly understood problem that is usually treated as a moral or criminal problem. Does this sound familiar? This notion is the status quo in America today. This is exactly how mental health problems were understood two hundred ...

Alexis Neiers on Drugs, Prison, the Bling Ring, and Redemption

06/18/2014 23:40:58 PM

Alexis Neiers, ex–heroin addict and star of cult classic reality show Pretty Wild, has had a pretty crazy life. In this episode of Profiles by VICE, we hear about Neiers’s struggles with addiction, her criminal involvement in the real-life ...

Are the Kids Alright?

04/30/2014 03:16:11 AM

For years and years now, every national poll of students done by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) or any other government drug agency for that matter, has told us their optimistic bull$#!t pitch that they have discovered – contrary ...

Communiqué to a Codependent Nation!

04/17/2014 03:40:04 AM

I love music! I always have, since the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show all those years ago.  Hand in hand with pop music has always gone pop culture and – let’s face it – drugs.  Last night, I was at the Coachella Music Festival.  ...

Legal Heroin – Chasing The Wagon

04/03/2014 19:03:17 PM

Hey, Everybody. Hope all of you are well and thriving. I thought of calling this blog ‘The Open-Minded Report.’ If your interest is sobriety/recovery, and you’re open-minded, I think you will most likely be relieved to read my musings. ...

Find Out What Scares The Mexican Druglords More Than Anything

03/22/2014 13:51:46 PM

Hello, everybody! Hope all is well. I’m going start writing a weekly blog, though I’m not even completely sure what that is to be honest.  I don’t think I’ve ever even read one, let alone written one.  I’m a newspaper/televisi

Meet Our Friends at ‘Paradigm Malibu’

07/31/2013 01:53:56 AM

We love our friends at Paradigm Malibu Adolescent Treatment Center. Jeff Nalin and his staff do it right! Like us, they have found great success in a non-punitive, non-compliance-based approach to treatment. And they treat the emotional disturbances ...

Introducing, Acadia Farms!

06/29/2013 01:55:43 AM

Acadia Malibu is pleased to announce the unveiling of our exciting new organic farm project. Perched over the majestic pacific ocean, Acadia Farms sits on over six acres of lush, fertile land. So far, we have built twenty 16’x4′ raised ...