Art Therapy Offers an Opportunity for Self-Expression

One recent afternoon at Bluff Plantation, residents gathered to create and paint clay pumpkins, a craft that would look lovely as part of anyone’s fall décor. But the art is about more than making knickknacks. During art therapy, Bluff Plantation residents express themselves through color, design and creativity. The purpose is to express their thoughts, […]

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Dr. William Jacobs Webinar On What Faith Leaders Need To Know About Opiate Epidemic

The opiate epidemic continues to touch every community, locally and nationally. Families of all sizes, races, economic status, and ethnic groups around the country are impacted, either personally or through friends, classmates, co-workers, neighbors or fellow members of congregations – and will likely turn to their place of worship for support. What information is most […]

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Overcoming Challenges with New Ropes Course

At summer camps and resorts, ropes courses are built high off the ground, designed for an adrenalin rush as participants test their physical limits. The ropes course at Bluff Plantation, a form of experiential therapy for patients in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, encourages pushing boundaries of a different sort. Rather than focusing on showing […]

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Vegetable Garden Produces a Bountiful First Harvest

For recovering addicts, participating in meaningful activities can restore a sense of purpose, improve self-esteem and provide an alternative to previous unhealthy habits. Gardening, which combines physical activity, enjoying the outdoors and patiently nurturing seeds into mature plants, can be one of those meaningful activities. Gardening connects people to the earth, promotes relaxation and offers […]

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The Opioid Epidemic: Changing the Rules of the Pain Game

Too many young adults are dying from opioid overdoses. In an effort to curb the gateway source of the opioid addiction epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued strict guidelines restricting prescriptions for opioid painkillers from primary care doctors and dentists treating patients for pain. Tragically, this may not stem the tide […]

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Why We Relapse

Relapse in the treatment of alcoholism is common—but not inevitable—for several reasons, including post-acute withdrawal symptoms, stress, and the fact that recovery programs are voluntary, and most importantly because it is easy to forget that addiction is a fatal disease. Post-Acute Withdrawal When we stop using drugs or alcohol, we enter an acute withdrawal phase of withdrawal, the […]

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Death By Pain Killers: The Government Weighs In

In an effort to respond to this ongoing rise in abuse of opioids, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently published a guide for physicians on medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence in the outpatient office setting. Many addicted patients are very reluctant to seek inpatient treatment. It is estimated that 80% of patients suffering […]

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What It Means To Trigger Addiction

Certain circumstances, including sights, sounds, tastes, and smells, can trigger our senses and our memory banks to tap into the files in our past and recall those incidences where drugs were used to make us feel a certain way. Enormous happiness, elation, celebration, devastating sadness, isolation and loneliness, anger, and exhaustion—these can trigger our memories […]

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