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Methamphetamine — also referred to as meth — is a dangerous substance that has been gaining popularity over the past few years. It is a highly addictive stimulant and will almost always lead the person using it to develop substance use disorder (SUD). Methamphetamine can have some very damaging effects on not only the body
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A common misconception is that substance abuse and addiction are the same things. While they may present similar behaviors, they have fundamental differences. Below we will discuss the contrast and similarities between these two relationships with substances. What Is Substance Abuse? Substance abuse is the act of abusing or misusing a substance. This does not mean an
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Substance addiction can be a difficult battle, and each person varies on what specific substance they are struggling with. Cocaine is a prevalent drug used that is misused as it is a powerfully addictive stimulant. During active addiction, we rarely think of the risks that using can cause. Many dangers come along with abusing cocaine. These
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When someone you love is struggling with alcohol addiction, it may leave you not knowing what to do or how to help them. Alcohol addiction and alcohol use disorders (AUD) are very common and have many treatment options. According to a 2019 study, nearly 15 million people over 12 have alcohol use disorder. Trying to help
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When considering what type of treatment to seek for substance use disorder (SUD) or opioid use disorder (OUD), medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can be a great option. While this treatment is most effective for those with an OUD, it can still help others in recovery. The first question you may have is: what is MAT? MAT uses
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For those that struggle with a substance use disorder (SUD), detox is commonly the first step on the recovery journey. While there are many ways to go about this, there can also be many dangers, which is why it should be done in a professional setting. Detoxing from any substance without around-the-clock support and guidance
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Depression is a mental health disorder that can leave a person feeling alone and not in control of their own life. With depression, simple tasks like getting out of bed each day can feel impossible. You may have tried to quell your symptoms on your own with the use of substances. Self-medicating distressing mental health symptoms
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Supporting a loved one or loved one through recovery can be overwhelming. You might find yourself questioning if you're doing it right, how to support them better, or what more you can do. You can support your loved one in many ways without hindering their progress. Just remember to communicate effectively and listen to their
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The primary goal of addiction and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment is to remain sober. While this might seem like an easy task, it can feel impossible. While in treatment, it is vital to learn your triggers and warning signs of relapse. Triggers are individualized to each person, so learning your own is crucial to long-term
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The decision to recover from substances is also a decision to change. As a result, our vision of our future shifts once we leave substance abuse in the past. After an era of addiction clouding your judgment, how can you reestablish yourself and discover what comes next? Learn how Healing Pines Recovery gives you the
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Alcohol can quickly become a crutch; over time, you may find yourself in the midst of addiction. Understanding when alcohol consumption has become problematic and even dangerous can be difficult. Discover the truth behind alcohol addiction and how you or your loved one can treat it at Healing Pines Recovery. Alcohol Addiction: A Cycle Alcohol use disorder
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It's time to put your health, mind, and life first. Choosing recovery is a big step, and deciding to focus all of your energy on yourself can certainly feel like a selfish act. Whether it's taking time away from school or work or even family and friends, recovery can inherently bring on feelings of guilt.
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The goal of residential or inpatient treatment is always to get you on a healthy recovery plan and then reintegrate you back into society. For some, this can be a simple task, and for others, it causes a lot of anxiety. When returning from treatment, one of the first things that come to mind is
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Parenting is one of the most challenging yet rewarding things a person can do in their life. However, throwing a history of substance use into the equation can be even more challenging. As a father, you have a unique bond with your child, one that differs from their mother's. While one is not more important than
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Throughout your recovery journey, it can be hard at the time to love yourself, especially during the beginning stages of recovery when it feels like your life is spiraling out of control. Substance use disorder (SUD) and addiction can cause deep seeded feelings of guilt and shame, making you feel unworthy of self-love. An important thing
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Realizing you have substance use disorder (SUD) can be a shocking and intimidating discovery that can leave you questioning yourself on what to do moving forward or what to expect out of substance use treatment. First, you have to understand what SUD is and the dangers that come with substance use. Each person is different when
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Freeing yourself of substances through addiction treatment is a life-changing experience. The overall goal that you are striving to achieve is long-term success in sobriety. In treatment, there is constant guidance available to you, but once you leave, how do you continue to stay on track? Unfortunately, long-term sobriety is not always an easy task. While
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When considering treatment for substance use disorder (SUD), it is important to consider which options resonate best with you. While strategies like group therapy can aid those in recovery, there are still many different approaches available. At Healing Pines Recovery, we offer both conventional and holistic programs that promote healing and well-being. One of the holistic
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When it comes to treating addiction, there are many things to consider, like where your addiction stems from. In many cases, addiction is the outcome of untreated trauma. Addiction can be an unhealthy learned coping method and survival skill that seemingly help to manage the overwhelming feelings of trauma. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy
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Finding the right treatment center for your unique needs can be a challenging task. With so many options out there, how do you know which is the best one for you? At Healing Pines Recovery in Elizabeth, Colorado, we offer many treatment options to explore. Being located in Colorado allows us to provide programs that
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The age-old saying that many young men grew up hearing is that boys do not cry. You may even have been told that crying is a sign of weakness. Today, it is known that these statements are not true and that being vulnerable takes a lot of strength; however, if you are a man who
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Throughout your recovery journey, you learn many different coping methods. One of the more popular ones is meditation/mindfulness. When thinking about meditation, a lot of stereotypes can come to mind. You may picture yourself sitting in a room alone with your legs crossed, hands out, and breathing deeply. This thought can be nerve-wracking, especially if
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When considering what type of treatment would best suit you through your recovery journey, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is often forgotten. Unlike cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), DBT mainly focuses on your struggle with substance use disorders and multiple psychosocial disorders, including suicidal ideations. At Healing Pines Recovery, we offer the guidance and support that you need
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When seeking treatment for opioid use disorders or substance use disorders, it can be overwhelming to find the best treatment option for you. At Healing Pines Recovery we have medication-assisted treatment (MAT) available that specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders. While MAT is most effective in treating opioid use disorders, it can also
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When beginning your journey into recovery, therapy and other forms of treatment may be incredibly beneficial to implement. Determining which forms of treatment to implement can be overwhelming, as there are a lot of options to consider. Remember that you do not have to choose one single form of treatment or therapy. This is where
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When facing a loved one with an addiction, it can be hard to recognize the signs and symptoms from an outside perspective. Substance use disorder is often a difficult topic of discussion; at times, you may feel like there is no way to support your partner. It is important to understand that addiction is not
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When working through your recovery journey, many different practices can help in your treatment. When looking at all options, it can seem so overwhelming with the other stressful aspects of recovery. Luckily, there is a simple activity that has an incredible amount of benefits and is easy to implement. That activity is walking. It may
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When working through recovery, there are many ways to boost your mental health and practices to implement that will help further assist you in your recovery journey. Holistic treatment plans offer a different approach to recovery. An article posted by the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs has shown that holistic approaches to recovery can provide a
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When it comes to recovery, many things can affect the process and potential for success. One of the positive things that you can do to keep a healthy recovery path is to maintain physical wellness. Physical wellness can consist of exercise, keeping a healthy diet, and managing your sleep schedule. When working through treatment, you
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Substance use disorder (SUD) is experienced differently by each person who goes through it, each person has their own path and patterns. What is patently true though, is that different genders experience things differently. Society puts different expectations on men and women, makings their life experiences different from each other, including their experiences with substances. Even
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Veterans sacrifice their health to serve their country. The level of trauma involved in combat increases the risk of developing substance use disorder (SUD). Male veterans are more than twice as likely to develop SUD with multiple co-occurring conditions. Trauma causes isolation, which makes adjusting to life difficult. Veterans often feel out of step with people
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Psychologists in addiction treatment centers often present mindfulness to you as a tool. It will help guide you through the ups and downs of recovery. What is mindfulness though? Why is it necessary? How does it help substance use disorder (SUD)? It is important to address the importance of mindfulness in recovery. Understanding Mindfulness and Dissociation Mindfulness
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When you develop a substance use disorder (SUD), it can overtake every part of your life. Your self-esteem may plummet, making self-care more difficult. Intoxication becomes uncontrollable, and your work performance might decrease in quality. Perhaps your identity starts centering around harmful terms like "addict," "drunk," or "junkie." Relationships strain and fracture with enough pressure;
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Addiction is a chronic and complex disease. There is a misinterpretation that addiction is a choice. This is dangerous because addiction requires treatment the same way other serious conditions do. Accepting help is one of the first steps toward breaking the pattern of addiction and moving toward a healthier lifestyle. Accepting help for addiction means embracing
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When it comes to finding a treatment center that will lead you to a path of successful long-term sobriety, it is necessary to know what it is you are looking for in a facility. If you are someone who would benefit from a more private approach to addiction treatment, this article is here to offer
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If you or someone you love is in search of a substance use disorder center in Colorado, Healing Pines Recovery is ready to be that home away from home. Our unique state-of-the-art facility and treatment modalities allow us to give you top-notch care. Before you book a tour with us, we want to give you
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One symptom of a substance use disorder (SUD) that may often be overlooked is the feeling of isolation. You may be so deep into your addiction that you do not even realize how isolated you have become from others. One day you might look up and realize you have pushed your family and friends away.
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Regular movement is essential to maintaining a healthy mind and body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health." During treatment, physical symptoms of withdrawal can interfere with daily exercise routines. However, the clinicians at Healing Pines Recovery encourage
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Sense memories can activate trauma responses in the body when triggered. The symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues all contribute to the stressors that can set off trauma responses in individuals recovering from substance use disorder (SUD). According to research published in Clinical Psychology, "The comorbid presentation of PTSD and
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Substance use disorder (SUD) can affect anyone at any stage of life regardless of age, gender, status, or income. It is a very serious mental health disorder that can cause significant damage to an individual's body, mind, and spirit if left untreated. It is very courageous to reach out for help if an individual is
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When individuals begin treatment for substance use and any co-occurring disorders, they will participate in one-on-one sessions with a licensed addiction therapist, treatment center activities, and small group therapy sessions. While individual therapy will allow clients to discuss some of the more intimate struggles with substance use, small groups work to give clients a sense
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One healthy night's sleep can have individuals feeling restored, refreshed, and re-energized, helping them be more productive and make sound decisions. Sleep is not only good for people and their bodies; it is necessary for their primary functions and even contributes to a strong immune system. Like eating or drinking water, sleep is an essential
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Taking just one evening walk through a beautiful forest, down a peaceful country lane, or even in your own backyard can give you a preview of the healing properties of nature. Getting back in tune with nature and the beauties of this world can help remind you what you should preserve your life for. Substance use
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Substance use can quickly become all-encompassing, negatively affecting your physical and mental well-being as well as your sleep cycle. Sleep disturbances and inconsistent amounts of sleep can contribute to many problems in the body's systems, such as digestion, brain function, and behaviors. Chronic sleep deprivation can contribute to high blood pressure, stroke, depression, and a
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Substance use disorder (SUD) is a chronic mental illness where you may find yourself unable to stop using drugs or alcohol despite the negative effects this use can have on your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Receiving professional treatment for SUD could save your life. Recovery centers like Healing Pines Recovery will provide you with high-quality,
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Reflections on Meditation, Connectivity, and Two-StepWhen I was a young man, I used to go to western dance bars in Houston and watch the couples doing Two-Step. Cowboys and cowgirls dressed in their Wrangler jeans and carefully pressed western shirts—checker box patterns, decorative piping, and mother-of-pearl buttons ruled. As an indicator of who was who,
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Trauma and AddictionAt Healing Pines, our main focus is on addiction and recovery. However, we also recognize that there is a lot more to addiction and recovery than just focusing on the substance abuse. One of our other main focuses is trauma and the role it plays both in active addiction, and also in learning
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Addiction and The Family System When we typically think about addiction, we associate it with an individual struggling with substances.  The reality is that the disease of addiction affects much more than that.  Everyone in the family system is impacted by this disease.  Many times, family members experience similar feelings and symptoms as their loved one.
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The leadership and staff were committed to my success.

Paul is a man of integrity which flows through his team. I have been to other recovery programs and HPR stands far above them all. The small group structure offers a more intimate and personalized experience. This was so much more beneficial to my recovery than facilities preaching a "one-size-fits-all" solution to larger and fragmented groups. It was like having personal and knowledgeable therapists dedicated to me for a full month! They went out of their way to understand the root of my challenges and construct a path for improvement that is unique and relatable to me. This was a huge benefit!

Jay C

It saved my life, in every sense.

I spent a month at Healing Pines Recovery. The actual location itself is unreal. A beautiful cabin lodge, with gorgeous scenery. The rooms are large, queen beds, very comfortable! Great bathrooms with great showers! There is a pool table, slam jam, (Christine! 😉 frisbee golf, and daily access to a nearby gym. The property also has a pickle ball court that was used daily, Zoey the counselor beat us men constantly!

Clay M

My experience with Healing Pines Recovery has been wonderful.

My husband was their client, and they helped him be able to help himself. He is doing amazing! I think the combination of counseling, physical labor, meditation, AA, and just the beauty of the place itself all had a very positive impact on him. They really cared about him, and that did not stop just because he came home. Also they have counseling for the families and it has really helped me a lot. Heather is awesome! I thank God that we had them in our lives when we were most vulnerable.

Susan M

We wanted to share our gratitude to the staff.

Our son was under the care of Healing Pines recently and we wanted to share our gratitude to the staff. There were many challenges in his pursuing treatment, and thankfully Paul and Heather C helped us navigate all of them skillfully with patience and compassion.

Jim E

You'll get your life back!

Healing Pines Recovery is/was instrumental in setting me up for long term success in my recovery journey. I've been to treatment centers in the past and HPR is nothing like anything I've attended before. They're very small, intimate, and hands-on approach to recovery was exactly what I was looking for when seeking treatment. I knew that a large, one size fits all program like those offered by many other treatment centers in Colorado wouldn't provide me with the help I desperately needed. Paul and his Team are incredible and I would highly recommend HPR to anyone who needs help starting their recovery journey. Big shout out to James for all of his guidance during my time at HPR. His grace, knowledge, understanding, and direction were/are key to my continued success in recovery. One HUGE piece of the puzzle I love is the after care I've received from HPR... I am in constant contact with Paul, James, and many other staff members through the their alumni programs and it has helped me so much with life after HPR. This program was truly a miracle in my life and I know it will be for many other men struggling with addiction and/or alcoholism. You'll get your life back!

Nicholas P

This is truly a great recovery facility.

My learning experience here was something I’ll take with me throughout my whole life. The staff here will always be a part of my family and I am beyond thankful for everything they have done and continue to do for my well-being.

Gunnar P

I can't speak more highly of Healing Pines Recovery & Addiction Center.

It is located in a beautiful Colorado location with lots of outdoor activities and fresh air. They have a very knowledgeable and professional staff that goes above and beyond to meet your needs.

Riley K

I couldn’t have been at a more amazing place to begin this journey.

Seriously an amazing place. Everything from how beautiful the house and the property it sits on down to every person staffed there was nothing less than perfect. More than highly recommended in every sense. If you’re reading this and trying to find the right place for treatment and recovery I would absolutely look no further. Everyone’s recovery is different and we all need a comfortable place with people we can trust through this battle, healing pines understood that everyone’s path is different and they 100% cater to that. I couldn’t have been any luckier with finding Healing Pines. I won’t go any deeper and start to thank everyone there individually, But I want to express my gratitude to everyone on the HEALING PINES TEAM. Without you all, my path in sobriety would not look anywhere near the way it looks today. Seriously from the bottom of my heart thank you!

James M
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