Recovery Dynamics

The Woodlake treatment team and staff are proud to announce that as of August 2012, Woodlake has been approved to become a licensed provider of “Recovery Dynamics”.  The “Recovery Dynamics” program is based on the text of Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12-steps.  It stresses three important goals: The problem, the solution, and a planned program of action which will bring about the solution.  Goal 1 of “Recovery Dynamics” explains the problem, which is the mental obsession coupled with the physical allergy = powerless.  Goal 2 explains the solution, which is the fellowship(supports us) and the 12-steps(change us) = power.  Goal 3…

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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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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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Subconscious Resentment

Jonah 4:6-9: Then the Lord provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.  But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered.  When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint.  He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”  But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be…

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Learning the Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana Part 2

Marijuana produces a carefree state of mind and the illusion that senses are extra sharp. In reality, you are more likely to be preoccupied with unusual thoughts or visions than your responsibilities as a driver. Relaxed inhibitions alter your sense of time and space, making it difficult to make quick decisions and judge distances and speed. Marijuana use causes slow, disconnected thoughts, poor memory and paranoia. Even hours after the effect seems to be gone, your ability to make driving decisions will still be impaired.
One of the last reports that came out showed that at least 17 percent of…

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Swept and Garnished: Empty

Jesus: “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none.  Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there.  And so that person is worse off than before.  That will be the experience of this evil generation.” (Matthew: 12:43-45)

Is life for you the defined as the Great Struggle or the Great Emptiness?  If so, your difficulties…

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Learning the Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana Part 1

Recently Lydia, who attempts to maintain proper sentence structure to the blogs, related that research regarding bloggers reveals that they like information regarding synthetic marijuana.  If that is the case how many bloggers are still active users?  Are non-using recovering people blogging about details associated with various drugs which would only increase the desire or cravings to use?

Saying the words, “synthetic marijuana”, remind me of something one of my favorite aunts said to me 40 years ago.  I had just got married and she sent a card with a gratefully needed financial gift.  Within the card she related the…

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Love is a Gift

Love is a gift both amazing and precious
Rabbi Mark Gellman, God Squad
Rabbi Marc Gellman was recently questioned regarding the definition of “love”.  Probably the recent Valentine’s Day contributed to evoking the question at this particular time.  He related that his favorite definition of love is borrowed from D. H. Lawrence who called love as “having the courage of your tenderness.”  Is that not a great definition?  Love invites one to possess or have the courage to manifest one’s tenderness or sensitivity to another.
Rabbi Gellman further stated that a connection exist between love and faith.  Faith expands…

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