Category Archive: 'Addiction' :

Every New Year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions and many of them involve trying to break addictions. From stopping smoking to quitting drinking to cutting out sweets or foods that are high in fat, Americans love the idea of a fresh start on January 1st, a clean break from those persistent pleasures that […]

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At the Kiloby Center, we don’t focus on requiring clients to label themselves as “addicts” or “alcoholics” nor do we diagnose them as such. Those are identities that often make people feel deficient, unworthy, unacceptable or second class. An ongoing sense of lack of self worth is one of the primary causes of relapse. To […]

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On December 9, 2014, the Journal of Addiction Medicine released the results of a study that indicated that months of abstinence from prescription painkillers resulted in a reduction of cravings for painkillers. For the results of this study, visit the science daily site. In this study, the researchers tested subjects by showing them pictures of painkillers. […]

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We have all experienced some degree of trauma and it often underlies addiction.  At the Kiloby Center and online, we work with people to heal trauma. A life-threatening assault or a car accident may result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A form of developmental PTSD, also known as Complex PTSD, results from long term […]

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Have you ever felt stressed or anxious when you wanted to drink that beer at 5pm after work but found that you had already gulped down the last beer the night before?   You aren’t alone.  Many people report anxiety/stress along with cravings.  Science is now helping to explain more accurately what is happening in […]

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The question of whether to abstain completely from alcohol and drugs during and after participating in our program is often asked by clients before they arrive.  The short answer is “yes.”  The long answer involves understanding the nature of addiction, how it affects the brain and our relationship to the alcohol or drugs. To best […]

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At the Kiloby Center for Recovery, we employ various forms of mind and body tapping along with mindfulness. This combination is called “Restful Tapping” by Scott Kiloby. When used skillfully, tapping and mindfulness together create is a powerful tool for living more peacefully and restfully in the present moment and transforming mental and emotional suffering […]

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If you research the reputable sources on the Internet or other media, you’ll find a pretty extensive list of potential causes for addiction. Some blame it on our DNA. Some say it has to do with the breakdown of the family at an early age. Some pin it exclusively on social or “nurture” factors. Some […]

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If you are addicted to alcohol, drugs or some other substance or activity, is the answer just to stop or is there some other recovery or transformation that is needed in order to truly heal ourselves? Addiction is like a coping mechanism.  For whatever reason, something we are experiencing feels like “too much” and so […]

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Every time an addiction winded down in my life, I had the same insight.  It was winding down precisely because there was more immediate, direct awareness on the sensation or emotion driving the craving whenever it arose. I remember the first time I noticed this phenomenon.  I was sitting in a restaurant a few years […]

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