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woman at therapist with her eyes closed, leaning back on couch - EMDR and PTSD
29
Dec

EMDR: Treating Addiction Complicated by PTSD

Numerous therapeutic approaches are used to treat co-occurring substance abuse and mental health diagnoses. At Cottonwood Tucson, in Arizona, we aim to educate our guests about the various options available to support their recovery. One such option is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR was developed to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and...
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pretty dark haired woman smiling while sitting on couch in room with Christmas tree - holiday season
02
Dec

How to Have a Sober Holiday Season

Whether you’re newly sober or in long-term recovery, the holiday season can be both full of joy and full of stress. It’s easy to be boxed in by lofty expectations, even with the best intentions. If you use a 12-Step program as one of your sobriety wellness tools, it’s easier to understand why even the...
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illustration in bright colors depicting holistic wellness - holistic treatments
11
Nov

Holistic Treatments to Help Recovery

When medical professionals talk about mind-body wellness, what does this actually mean? It’s an acknowledgment of the connection between all aspects of self: our physical well-being, our mental and emotional health, and even our spiritual center, or soulful intent. Whole-Person Wellness Without question, medical applications are necessary for progressive health. After all, if you break...
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yellow and black triangular warning sign against brick wall - relapse symptoms
09
Oct

Warning Signs of Potential Relapse

Sometimes living healthfully requires more dedicated focus. Stressful work issues, family or relationship problems, recurring trauma, financial difficulties, and even the strain of national or world events all throw obstacles onto your wellness path. If you are in recovery and feeling “off”, it’s important to examine why and reach out for support. Potential Relapse Symptoms...
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illustration of dark cave looking out of entrance shaped as human head, onto a beach - EMDR therapy
03
Sep

EMDR Is Not a Band – It Is a Powerful Therapeutic Tool

Acronyms and abbreviations can be difficult to decode. They are intended to shorten communication—whether written or spoken—so that we don’t have to use the full name of something over and over. But sometimes that doesn’t really help make things more clear. Sometimes it just makes things more confusing than they need to be. What Does...
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hands holding rainbow heart on dark wood background - LGBTQ(IA+)
04
Aug

Addiction Help for the LGBTQ(IA+) Community

When some healthcare professionals talk about people with substance or alcohol use disorder, process addictions, mood and co-occurring disorders, trauma and PTSD, or eating disorders, they often put someone in a group based simply on symptoms. But whole person, holistic care, like what Cottonwood Tucson provides, takes into consideration an individual’s complete self and full...
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coffee, muffin, and journal sitting on bed in morning - establishing routines
20
Jul

The Importance of Routines and Rituals

When a person manages their life well, it’s likely that routines and rituals have a large role in their success. Whether you’re trying to live sober, follow healthy methods for handling a mood or behavioral disorder, or recognize that your self-empowerment requires more structure, here are some reasons why establishing routines and rituals might help....
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Lauren Impraim, MA, LPC - Family Program Manager at Cottonwood Tucson - Recovery Is a Family Matter
10
Jul

Recovery Is a Family Matter

By Lauren Impraim, MA, LPC Family Program Manager When an individual enters treatment for addiction or behavioral health, there is often at least one other person who has been deeply impacted. Some family members would like to point the finger at the identified ‘issue’ being the person who is in treatment; however, the sooner family...
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couple facing away from each other in argument - quarantine - addiction problem
16
Jun

Does Your Quarantine Buddy Have an Addiction Problem?

Few people who live together are around each other all the time. Most individuals have separate work, friends, errands, hobbies, and other activities from each other. These busy routines mean that all too often, we don’t fully know the behaviors of the people we live with unless we come face-to-face with them. Stress, Substance Misuse,...
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zen sand sculpture with black rocks - calm
25
May

Cultivating Calm

Some people seem to have a natural predisposition for ease and tranquility. When faced with adversity or just handling concerns or annoyances of daily life, they hardly ever appear ruffled or upset. The rest of us have to work at staying calm. Fortunately, there are many techniques readily available to make the process easier. Balance...
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