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Denial is almost universal among alcoholics and drug addicts. Ultimately their defensiveness and unwillingness to face the truth about their substance use makes recovery impossible, and when nothing else works, many families decide to stage an intervention. An intervention is no picnic. It is a highly stressful event for organizers, participants and addicts alike. But […]

While the Bible may not specifically use the word “addiction,” that doesn’t mean there isn’t a wealth of biblical wisdom on addiction and related topics. Just as wine and other addictive substances have existed almost since the dawn of time, so has the human tendency to seek idols and ways of worshipping and depending upon […]

Is it really possible to have “too much of a good thing”? For example, can you really be too healthy? Being too healthy is probably impossible, when you think about it. But obsessing about optimal health is certainly possible. This obsession or preoccupation with health, specifically with a healthy diet, is called orthorexia and, paradoxically, […]

By Rebecca Wilson, MS, Primary Therapist, The Ranch I’m not worthy. I’m not good enough. I am unlovable. Women who have survived childhood trauma often have many negative core beliefs. As very young children they may have been abused or neglected and the wounds and low self-esteem follow them into adolescence and adulthood. Some wounds […]

Depression treatments such as medications and psychotherapy have come a long way in the past few decades. However, they still don’t always work for everyone. If you are struggling to find a depression treatment that works for you, keep fighting by trying these alternative options.

Sex & Memory

August 9, 2017 Articles

Healthy sex is a gratifying experience in many ways and recent research shows that it may also make people smarter and improve their memory — especially among women under 30 and both men and women as they age. Why do sex and memory go hand-in-hand?

Antisocial personality disorder treatment can provide great benefits for those living with the challenges of the disorder. The name of the condition is slightly deceiving; antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) has nothing to do with a disinterest in hanging out with people. Instead, it is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as “a pervasive pattern […]

By Alisha Irby, MS, Primary Therapist, Men’s Co-Occurring Disorders Program at The Ranch Imagine that one night while you were asleep there was a miracle, and the problem that brought you here is solved. However, because you are asleep, you don’t know that the miracle has happened.  When you wake up in the morning, what […]

Many people in the addiction treatment and recovery community feel that we have to give up the single pathway recovery model and adopt a multiple pathway model that is conducive to the needs of each individual, while also taking into account multiple patterns of addiction. This means using a variety of treatment approaches, recovery philosophies […]

By Julie Bakley, MSW, LCSW, Primary Therapist, The Ranch There are different ways to get sober and live life free from addiction, but many people who quit alcohol or drugs stumble and falter early on in their sobriety. Often this is because they don’t respond to the religious or spiritual aspects of 12-step meetings or […]