a group with their hands together at a 12 step program for addiction

The 12 Step Program for Addiction

The 12 Step program for addiction began in 1935, as Alcoholics Anonymous. 12 principles, or steps, to breaking free from addiction were established. Since then, the model has been used for many addictions. For instance, including sex, gambling, and narcotic addictions all benefit from the model. Further, research has shown the 12 step program to…

It’s Not In Your Head: How Physiological Dependence Takes Hold

For someone who has never experienced addiction, it’s easy to wonder why someone struggling with substance abuse can’t simply stop. If you or someone you love is dealing with a substance abuse problem, you know that it’s not that simple. Psychological and physiological dependence can both wreak havoc on a person’s ability to quit using…

woman reflecting on EMDR session

Finding the Touchstone Memory: What Happens During an EMDR Session?

By Ginger Poag, MSW, LCSW, Trauma Therapist at The Ranch  I am passionate about EMDR therapy, also known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, because I have so often seen it change people’s lives. Many people I see at The Ranch have never heard about this trauma therapy and are naturally skeptical. They don’t think it’s going to…