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KEY POINTERS FOR MEN IN EARLY RECOVERY & SOBER LIVING, PART 1

I should really start this article by asserting the fairly obvious fact that the similarities far outweigh the differences when it comes to talking about men’s recovery issues versus women’s recovery issues. Of course, some would say that there isn’t (or shouldn’t be) any differences at all. Fine, but deep seated questions of biology and …

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FROM DETOX TO SOBER LIVING HOUSES: THE STAGES OF ADDICTION TREATMENT EXPLAINED, PART 1

So you’re two months into treatment and you’re not quite ready to go home. You’ve heard of a thing called transitional living or extended care. In layman’s terms these facilities are usually referred to as sober living facilities or even just a ‘sober house’. But where do these terms come from, and what do they …

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FROM DETOX TO SOBER LIVING HOUSES: THE STAGES OF ADDICTION TREATMENT EXPLAINED, PART 2

As we saw in the last blog post, detox and rehab fall under ASAM’s level 4 of care. Level 4 (residential) is the highest or most intensive level of care, with Level 1 ‘outpatient counselling’ being the lowest. Many rehabs incorporate detox facilities on site and we explored what sort of drugs require detox and …

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BODYWORK IN OUR CHIANG MAI SOBER HOUSE: BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU & RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION

Those who have followed recent posts from our sober house will know that we believe in bodywork or ‘somatic experiencing’ as a crucial modality for working with addictions. Bodywork is as important as talk therapy when you are in treatment for addiction or in early recovery from drug and alcohol issues. We have previously written …

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BODYWORK IN OUR CHIANG MAI SOBER HOUSE: PRACTICING QI GONG IN ADDICTION TREATMENT

As we have explored in previous posts there are numerous modes of physical culture that can be useful for people in early recovery, whether they are staying in a sober house, a primary drug and alcohol rehab, or simply accessing outpatient counselling or mutual aid groups like 12 step meetings in the community. Getting physical …

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