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Getting sober can be a difficult journey, and one of the most valuable tools you can make use of along the way is an open mind. Learning about Toltec wisdom might sound a little esoteric when all you want to do is get clean, but these practices can be a key aspect of a fulfilling, […]

By Karen Brownd, CSAT, Director of the Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery and Associate Clinical Director at The Ranch Recent accusations of sexual misconduct by celebrities have led to unprecedented revelations of sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse, and questions about the difference between sex addiction vs. sex offender. Many men in prominent positions have […]

“Relapse is a part of recovery.” This idiom was recited time and again in the inpatient treatment center where I spent 30 days in January 2008. The other thing I heard a lot was “addiction is a chronic disease.” Meaning that this alcoholism/addiction thing I had wasn’t going anywhere. There were treatments for it, yes, […]

Survival and self-preservation are human instincts. While no one dreams of becoming an alcoholic when they grow up, sometimes it happens, and usually for good reason. Counterintuitive as it is, alcohol abuse can be an unconscious survival mechanism. If you never learned proper coping skills to navigate life’s challenges or had the right resources to […]

If you’ve ever had a hangover, you know that detoxing from alcohol can be an unpleasant affair. If you’re deciding to stop drinking and enter recovery, you may be wondering “How long does alcohol withdrawal last? Is there anything I can do to make it go faster?”

Thinking before we act is something most of us are able to do. After all, rational thought over impulse and decision-making over instinct are what differentiate us humans from other animals. Unfortunately, some people have a hard time resisting certain impulses or behaviors, even destructive or unhealthy ones.

The drug ketamine is a proven antidote to depression. Now, medical professionals have begun prescribing ketamine for anxiety as well.

By Tommy Williams, LADAC, ASAT-C, Primary Therapist, Men’s Sexual Addiction Program, The Ranch The headlines are filled with stories of high-powered men who are accused of being sexual predators, aggressors and harassers. Many of them are famous and successful men at the top of their professions.  Most have wives and children and financial freedom. They […]

For many people, the winter holidays are truly the “most wonderful time of the year.” For others, this season is absolutely the worst time of year — full of traditional sounds, scents and sentiments that bring up sad memories, old hurts, and triggers for anxiety, depression, addiction and, quite often, trauma and PTSD.

On the heels of controversial celebrities like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey signing up for rehab after being accused of sexual misconduct, Dr. Mehmet Oz devoted a portion of “The Dr. Oz Show” on Nov. 16 to the topic.