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Equine Therapy at The Ranch: Ride in Style in the Year of the Horse

The New Year of 2014 is here and with it the opportunity to make great strides in recovery. It’s also the year of the horse in the Chinese zodiac, related to the Chinese calendar. At The Ranch, there’s no better time or place to find your way in sobriety, especially if you like horses.

First, let’s look at some of the character traits associated with the horse: strength, energy and an outgoing nature. Horses are also companions, known for their ability to be compassionate and to return affection. They’re intelligent, honest, friendly and open-minded, all traits that humans can strive to cultivate as well.

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How to Work Step Seven

Humbly asked Him [God] to remove our shortcomings.

Step seven is the logical continuation of step six, wherein addicts delineate their character defects and become willing to live without them. In step seven, as one might expect, addicts begin the process of actually getting rid of those shortcomings. In most respects, working step seven is a relatively straightforward procedure. You simply incorporate into your daily routine (prayer, affirmations, or whatever else it is that seems to work for you in your recovery) a request that your higher power remove your character defects. If there are shortcomings that are particularly troublesome at a given time, you specifically mention those issues.

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How To Work Step Five

We admitted to God, to Ourselves, and to Another Human Being the Exact Nature of Our Wrongs.

Step five is the simplest of steps to work, yet it is without doubt among the most difficult to do. Addicts who’ve completed step four have put together an inventory of their wrongdoings, character defects, weaknesses, fears, and just plain crazy behavior. After doing this, they sometimes feel more alone than ever – riddled with guilt, shame, and remorse, and completely convinced that they are the worst person ever. In such cases, the idea of sharing one’s step four inventory with another human being is downright frightening.

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How To Work Step Four

Made a Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory of Ourselves

Most active addicts consider themselves to be victims, and they use that stance as justification for drinking, using, and/or engaging in other compulsive/addictive behaviors.

  • Nobody understands me, therefore I drink and use.
  • My boss hates me. I think I’ll get even by showing up high.
  • My wife is a nag, so why should I go home after work? The bar is so much more pleasant.
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An Interview with Jessica Hirsch, Alumni Coordinator

Wherever the action is, that’s where you’ll find Jessica Hirsch. Joyful, courageous and passionate, Jessica loves being around people and hearing their stories  –  and that’s exactly what she gets to do as alumni coordinator at The Ranch.

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Prescription Painkillers Can Make Chronic Pain Worse

Years ago, Dr. Michael Baron made a surprising discovery: Prescription painkillers often make chronic pain worse, not better. When he published his original research in 2006, this finding defied all logic.

“When I told my patients they’d have less pain if they stopped using pain meds, they told me I was crazy,” Dr. Baron recalls. “But when they went off the painkillers, their pain scores were consistently lower.”

Since then, Dr. Baron’s findings have been reproduced in study after study. Although pain medications have an important place in medicine, over-prescribing has contributed to an epidemic of prescription drug addiction.

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How to Work Step One

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (or drugs, sex, gambling, eating, shopping, etc.) – that our lives had become unmanageable.

For a lot of people, walking into a treatment center or 12-step meeting for the first time is equivalent to working step one. The simple act of asking for help is, in and of itself, an admission of powerlessness and unmanageability. However, there is much more that an addict can do to fully work Step One. Most of this work is designed to unearth the addict’s complete history of use and abuse. In this way, he or she is able to see – usually for the first time – the totality of his or her addiction and its directly related negative life consequences. 

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Massage Therapy Benefits Drug, Alcohol Addicts

The national price tag for substance abuse is about $500 billion. Between lost productivity, criminal prosecution and health/social programs, the cost of drug abuse is high.  Finding effective therapy methods to work with rehab programs is important to successfully lowering the devastating numbers of drug abusers.  Interestingly, one of the best drug recovery therapies may also be one of the most low tech and cost-effective – massage therapy.

Most therapies during drug rehab are highly interactive and demand something from the patient.  Whether it is through exercise, counseling, 12-step or some other approach, the patient is asked to think, communicate or practice a new skill throughout much of rehab. Massage is different, as it is one therapy that is almost wholly passive, yet it yields significant benefits. A 1998 study conducted in Norway helped to show how massage therapy benefits patients.

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5 Fears About Trauma Therapy (and the Rationale for Overcoming Them)

There are a number of fears and misconceptions surrounding trauma therapy. When someone has already been through so much, why struggle more? In short, because trauma therapy heals.

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Recognizing Patterns – And How to Change Them in Recovery

Think about what comes to mind when you think of patterns. Likely it means doing something repetitive, over and over again, often without much thought given to the action. It’s more or less an automatic behavior, something that you’ve done so many times before and feel comfortable doing that you don’t see any harm to it – or, you don’t want to change the behavior because of some reward you associate with it.

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