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What is the ASCENT Approach

By |2021-05-17T09:38:13-04:00May 17th, 2021|Categories: Addiction Recovery, Relationships, Wellness|

  Looking at a new framework for working with couples in recovery By Jake Brennan   The ASCENT Approach is a therapeutic framework work that was developed by Dr. Jeremy Frank and Chantal Jauvin. The approach focuses on couples in recovery from substance use and addiction. Whether one partner was using or drinking or both were, [...]

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Mindfulness in The ASCENT Approach

By |2021-02-12T13:11:02-04:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Addiction Recovery|Tags: , , |

Engaging in Your Life, Nurturing Your Spirituality & Reconciling a Paradox in Mindfulness for Couples in Recovery As a meditator, recovering addict, and mindfulness oriented therapist, the fourth and fifth practices in The ASCENT Approach--Engage in Your Life and Nurture Your Spirituality--meld into one core project, which in turn lays a foundation for the final component [...]

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Where to start? Rehab inpatient or outpatient substance abuse counseling?

By |2019-08-08T11:33:11-04:00July 18th, 2019|Categories: Addiction Recovery|Tags: , , , , |

In today's clinical world, in the midst of an opiate crisis, medical and recreational use of marijuana, it appears that substance abuse treatment centers are popping up all over. We are seeing commercials on TV, on the radio, many promising to be "unique, and individualized" which are words that obviously are attractive to those seeking this [...]

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Marijuana affects cognitive development in adolescents and may be a gateway drug for opioids.

By |2019-07-15T17:50:53-04:00June 16th, 2019|Categories: Addiction Recovery|Tags: , , |

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/16/opinion/marijuana-brain-effects.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage https://nyti.ms/2IjZXMQ This article addresses recent research strongly suggesting that teenagers are extremely vulnerable to the cumulative effects of regular use of pot.  Pot impairs executive functioning, brain processing speed, memory, attention span and concentration. Furthermore, we used to think that weed was a gateway drug and then research suggested that this was in fact not the case. [...]

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