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Typical Addictive Thinking

One of the most prominent characteristic of typical addictive thinking is to externalize problems, to blame things on other people or situations. This tendency to play the role of victim and/or to be bitter about what life has “done to” him or her is totally unconscious on the part of the addict and is part of the denial system. Those addicts who have an easier time expressing hurt outwardly invariably take on the role of victim, while those who express anger outwardly with greater ease take on the role of being bitter or angry. The unconscious reward in this…

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The Five Classes of Chemicals When Dealing with Substance Abuse

One of the problems practitioners encounter is that people now hear about many medications due to the hype of pharmaceutical company advertising and the promises made on TV commercials, and they think that’s the solution to their problem. Just take a pill and that will “solve my depression.” People often learn the hard way that there’s a lot more to getting through depression than just taking a pill. No two patients are the same; everybody’s an individual, so you have to do a comprehensive assessment to see what methodology can best be utilized with that client to help them…

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The Role of Awareness In Preventing Relapse

The word relapse comes from the Latin word “relabi”, meaning to fall back or vanish. In medicine, relapse means to fall ill again after an apparent recovery. In addiction recovery it means a return to using addictive substances or participating in addictive behaviors. The rate of relapse in addiction is similar to other chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension. As stated by Dr. Thomas Estis, PhD, Clinical Director at Woodlake,  “Being an addict, in and of itself, means one is prone to relapse. To assume and simply hope it will not occur is denial…professionally and personally we…

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God is Not Done with You Yet…

As you stare out the window and reflect on regret,
my hope is you’ll know God’s not done with you yet.

He takes what is broken and seems to be flawed,
and creates masterpieces that hold us in awe.

You are not what you did! You are not who they say!
Your sin does not define you, Jesus has paid!

You must not give up. You must remain strong.
Fix your eyes on the cross, not what you did wrong.

Because Christ is alive, hope is SO REAL!
It’s available to you no matter how you feel.

So when it comes to your life, don’t worry or fret.
Put your hope…

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Spirituality and Its Scientific Role in Addiction Treatment

In the mid-1980s, alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers were almost exclusively twelve step oriented, and psychiatry had little or nothing to do with twelve-step recovery. This was easily seen at conferences, such SECAD in the early 1990s. We had to be very careful with selection of speakers and topics so as not to offend or detract from the integrity of twelve-step treatment. Much has changed since those days. Now, co-occurring disorders (addiction and mental illness) programs are the norm, not the exception.

These patients have two diagnoses: one psychiatric and the other substance related. Now, through research, we talk…

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Counseling and Addiction

A recent article was published on WebMD in regards to the importance of Counseling while undergoing addiction treatment. Woodlake adheres to these treatments as well and practices all of the treatments mentioned in this article. Here is an excerpt from the article followed by a list of treatments listed in the article and offered at Woodlake.

“Counseling is an essential part of drug abuse treatment for many people. Cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, and other therapy approaches can help people recovering from opioid addiction stay clean. Psychotherapy can also treat the other mental health conditions that often contribute to prescription…

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10,000 Addicts by our own Dr. Cataldie

We are so excited to let everyone know that Woodlake has recently published a book written by our very own Dr. Cataldie!! Dr. Cataldie does a great job exploring and communicating his vast knowledge about addictions and how they affect the addict and everyone involved. 10,000 Addicts is a wonderful book full of interesting accounts experienced by Dr. Cataldie and we are happy to bring his experience and knowledge to a broader community through this publication.

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It’s what’s on the inside that counts…..

We’ve all heard the old adage before and nowadays it is even more important than ever that we think about this saying in reference to illegal drugs currently out on the market. In the recent events of huge Hollywood stars overdosing, it is so important to look at why and how these drugs, specifically Heroin, are even more dangerous than ever.

As many markets are forever having to change and adapt, the same goes for drug dealers. No matter how dangerous their changes can be on their “customers.” A new wave of heroin is being laced with Fentanyl, an incredibly…

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Woodlake West in Abbeville, Louisiana

Woodlake has expanded our reach across South Louisiana and opened our newest location in Abbeville, Louisiana. We look forward to growing in our continued dedication to helping individuals conquer their battle of addiction. Please look at a few photographs of our newest location on the slide show of our Facilities page. Also, feel free to contact our staff in Abbeville at 337.893.5588. We look forward to helping you or your loved ones find lasting sobriety.

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SERIOUSNESS of DEHYDRATION

What are the symptoms of dehydration?
Symptoms of dehydration may vary according to the individual person and depending on a possible underlying cause. Dehydration symptoms can be acute and appear suddenly, like after an illness involving repeated vomiting and diarrhea. Dehydration can also be ongoing especially when a person does not drink enough fluids.
Some people, especially the elderly, may not be aware they have symptoms of dehydration because they may not recognize them nor attribute them to dehydration.
Symptoms of mild dehydration may include:
Dry lips and tongue, Dry skin, Mild headache, & Thirst
There are serious dehydration symptoms that could indicate a…

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