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Lasting Effects of Addiction on Family Members

In the United States, there are an estimated 30-million people affected by addiction, including family members. Research suggests that Substance Use Disorder can permanently impact the nature and quality of family communications. The communication dynamics identified in families where an addiction is present are described as aggressive, protective, adaptive, and inconsistent. The aggressive communication style found in families with SUD tends to include a heightened sense of conflict, tense feelings, and secretive slandering.  Aggressive communication inappropriately puts one’s needs above others and may, in fact, violate the rights of others. Some people establish their superiority through aggressive communication by putting others ... Read more

What Does it Mean to Have Co-Occurring Disorders?

People with Substance Use Disorders, as well as mental health disorders, are diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders. In the past, this was called dual diagnosis. Substance Use Disorder is diagnosed when substance use interferes with functioning at work, school, and in social relationships. It is also diagnosed when substance use creates or worsens a medical condition or when substance use occurs in dangerous situations. In addiction treatment, therapists acknowledge that substance use is not a sign of moral deficiency. Rather, it is a combination of underlying mental health disorders and overt addictions to one or more substances. Because both conditions influence ... Read more

Many Pathways to Recovery

Historically, people with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) seeking the help of a treatment center were frequently criticized when exploring their uniqueness. 12-step groups were once the only acceptable support program, and often centers would require a client to attend 12-step meetings, even if the client voiced a desire to chose an alternative fellowship. I once witnessed a client reading their bible while waiting in the lobby of a treatment center. Shortly after this observation, I overheard a clinician comment to the client “put down that bible and pick up a Big Book”. Helping a person entering recovery in developing a ... Read more

Healing Springs Ranch Welcomes Dr. Cherye Callegan M.D. as Medical Director and Michelle Shamblin, APMHNP-BC as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Rounding Out an Extraordinary Staff Of Clinicians And Medical Professionals TIOGA, TEXAS (PRWEB) May 17, 2018— Healing Springs Ranch is proud to announce the appointments of Dr. Cherye Callegan M.D., and Michelle Shamblin, APMHNP-BC.  Dr. Callegan, as Medical Director, will oversee the psychiatric and clinical services as well as the direct clinical care to our clients.  She also will provide educational and training opportunities to the clinical staff. Dr. Callegan is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Callegan is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. In 2006 ... Read more

Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT) a Powerful Therapy

Developed by Dr.Steven R. Vazquez, Ph. D., LPC-S, LMFT, an esteemed Fellow Board member of Healing Springs Ranch, has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and has studied epigenetics, optometry, neurobiology, and quantum physics. Vazquez incorporated all fields of his study into the development of the Emotional Transformation Therapy® (ETT®), a therapeutic technique designed to reduce psychological and physical distress. What is Emotional Transformation Therapy® (ETT®)? Emotional Transformation Therapy® (ETT®) is an “attachment-based” form of interpersonal therapy whose outcomes are substantially amplified by precise visual brain stimulation The term “emotional transformation” is used because it frequently alleviates emotional distress in minutes and ... Read more

What Influences substance use disorder in our culture?

Over five decades, substance use disorders have had strong relations to the culture of our music, lifestyle, and fashion, as well as attitudes and ideologies. 1960’s —The first documented and widely-spread drug culture came in the mid-1960’s with the psychedelic ideology and hippie culture. Cannabis, LSD and other psychedelic drugs have been associated with the hippie movement. What is to blame for the drug culture being widely-spread? Increased travel, efficient communication, and media all contributed to the drug culture popularity in the 1960’s. 1970’s—In the 1970’s LSD became popular with the approval of the entertainment industry, film, and rock music ... Read more

Gratitude and Addiction Recovery

 “We will all have trauma in our lives at some point. It is how we process that trauma that counts” Gratitude changes our interaction with the world and promotes thoughts and behaviors that support the recovery of addiction.  The practice of gratitude is proven to help overcome trauma and improve mental resiliency even during hard times.   A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude is a major contributor to resilience. Recognizing what one has to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – fosters resilience. Whether a person ... Read more

Psychodrama—A Powerful Experiential Group Therapy Process for Substance Use Recovery

Katrena Hart MS, LPC-S, CBT, ATA, CETT, TEP, a member of the Healing Springs Ranch “Board of Fellows”, began her training in Psychodrama in 1994 under the direction of Doctors Mort and Dorothy Satten. After her training, she later went on to found Bridging Harts Psychodrama Training Institute & Psychotherapy, where she currently leads personal growth weekends utilizing psychodrama for professionals and lay people.  She also teaches psychodrama to many clinical agencies, universities, and students.  She is an international speaker and lecturer on the power and techniques of psychodrama. Psychodrama Utilizes a Group Format Psychodrama utilizes a group format, which ... Read more

The Locus of Control Shift; An Illusion of Control And Protection

The Trauma Model is a comprehensive, scientifically testable theory of the relationship between psychological trauma and a wide range of different disorders, addictions, and self-defeating behaviors. As a fellow of Healing Springs Ranch, Colin Ross M.D. developed the principles and techniques of his Trauma Model Therapy (TMT) to treat people with trauma-related disorders including complex PTSD, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, borderline personality disorder, substance use disorder, panic disorder, OCD, eating disorders and somatoform disorders. The Trauma Model is a comprehensive, scientifically testable theory of the relationship between psychological trauma and a wide range of different disorders, addictions, and self-defeating behaviors. The ... Read more

Bridging the Gap Between Addiction, Mental Health And Trauma

Healing Springs Ranch empirically based, “Integrated Addiction Model” (I.AM) looks beneath the surface of all addictive patterns and mental health symptoms and identifies and address the underlying ROOT CAUSE of these behaviors. Whether a person struggles with alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, anxiety or is addicted to a process such as gambling, pornography, gaming, shopping etc., this model recognizes that all of these symptoms serve the same purpose – to avoid emotional pain. Past and present trauma and unresolved pain, in addition to low self-esteem and poor coping skills create the perfect combination that creates this desperate need to escape.   This ... Read more