How Family Systems Therapy Can Help You Achieve Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a process that can be difficult to achieve. One thing that can make it easier is family systems therapy. Family systems therapy helps individual family members understand their place within the system and how they may be contributing to the pain of others. Once family members become more aware of their effect on […]

Getting Through the Holidays Sober After Alcohol Treatment

Holidays are a time of celebration, but they can also be a stressful time for someone after alcohol treatment. The holidays often mean lots of socializing with family and friends, and this can lead to feelings of loneliness if you aren’t able to participate in all of the festivities. If you have just finished an alcohol […]

Why Flexibility Is Important During Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Addiction treatment is one of the most challenging areas in healthcare. Many people in treatment have complicated medical needs and behavioral issues. When you add in the fact that addiction treatment should be customized for each person, it’s no wonder providers struggle to discern the best course of action. Fortunately, there’s a common thread running through […]

You Are What You Eat: What a Healing Nutrition Education Looks Like at Villa Oasis

What you eat has a direct impact on your physical and mental health. The types of food you choose to eat each day will affect your focus, energy, and how well you cope with stress.  According to Nutrients, “[C]hanges in diet may influence psychiatric disorders through direct effects on mood, while the development of psychiatric disorders can lead […]

Are the Twelve Steps Best for My Recovery?

Twelve-Step programs have been around for over a century and show no signs of going away anytime soon. However, not everyone agrees that the 12-Step approach is the best way to recover from alcoholism or drug addiction. How you manage your recovery is up to you. You may be curious whether or not 12-Step programs are right […]

Reiki for Stress-Related Illnesses: Does This Work?

You can benefit from alternative holistic techniques like Reiki during treatment for substance use disorder (SUD). According to the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, “Reiki is a safe and gentle ‘complementary’ therapy that activates the parasympathetic nervous system to heal body and mind.” Villa Oasis San Diego uses Reiki and other complementary therapies to ensure residents feel relaxed and focused on […]

How to Regulate Your Nervous System: Understanding the Fight or Flight Response

Nervous system dysregulation is a term that refers to the body’s response to stress. When we feel threatened, our bodies go into what’s called the “fight or flight” response. This means that adrenaline and cortisol are released into our bloodstream. When this happens, it can bring about many symptoms, including: Anxiety Irritability Difficulty sleeping or concentrating […]

Not About Sobriety: Finding What You Want to Do With Your Life

So you got sober? Congratulations! That’s no small accomplishment, especially if you have been struggling with addiction for years. It’s a big deal to be able to get sober and stay that way. Now what? You can do anything after getting sober, but there are some things you may want to consider before diving in […]

Are 30 Days Enough to Achieve Sobriety?

You might wonder how long it takes to achieve sobriety. The answer depends on a wide range of factors. However, for many people, 30-day programs provide effective treatment for substance use disorder (SUD). Essential aftercare services will ensure you maintain the sobriety you achieved in treatment.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]

What Are the 6 Dimensions of Whole-Person Care?

Whole-person care is a holistic approach to substance abuse treatment that looks at the individual and their environment as a whole. It targets not only the physical health of people but also their mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. In recent years, there has been much interest in the concept of whole-person care. In this article, we’ll look […]