The Sanctuary Model by Sandra L. Bloom

West Sound Treatment Center is in the process of integrating The Sanctuary Model’s S.E.L.F. Group Curriculum into the current group process addressing trauma. (Safety, Emotions, Loss, Future). This program aligns with the ideas of ACEs, (Adverse Childhood Experiences), “addressing the fundamental surrounding exposure to violence without needing to focus on the specific events within the… Continue reading The Sanctuary Model by Sandra L. Bloom

What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

The effects of withdrawal for some substances can be physically and psychologically traumatic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration explains that physicians may prescribe certain medications in conjunction with other treatments to lessen the distress some people may feel. This is known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Federal law requires people who are undergoing… Continue reading What Is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

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Becoming Aware of Thoughts and Beliefs for Positive Change

The way we think about ourselves defines who we are, and it also drives our actions and behaviors. People with addictions often think destructive, negative thoughts about themselves, and it is these self-defeating thoughts that propel their addiction. Many times, people look at surface issues and external influences as the triggers for their addictive behavior.… Continue reading Becoming Aware of Thoughts and Beliefs for Positive Change

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FAQs About Addiction

Lately, the word “addicted” gets used all the time. “She’s addicted to sugar.” “He’s addicted to that video game.” And there are lots of articles in popular publications that report on studies implying that this could be true. They point out that a treat or an activity cause pleasure in the brain, and a person… Continue reading FAQs About Addiction

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What Does “Best Practices” Mean?

West Sound uses methods and processes that are proven to be most effective by the substance abuse treatment profession.

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