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Addiction is Powerful

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Addiction is powerful. But people are not powerless in the face of addiction, nor do they need to be alone. At Practical Recovery, we know that — with guidance — individuals do have the power to change their lives and to recover fully from such problems as substance abuse, dangerous eating behaviors, excessive gambling, or extreme sexual activity. By learning to recognize the factors that drive unwanted behavior, and acquiring coping skills for everyday living, people can move forward with hope to lives no longer marred by addiction.

The highly trained, experienced, qualified team at Practical Recovery offers care and treatment in the outpatient office and in our residential facilities. We are an alternative to 12-step programs. Our scientifically-researched, evidence-based approaches include (as appropriate to each situation) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). We are committed to caring, individualized treatment as we guide our clients toward recovery. Services are also available to family and friends.



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  1. Hello. I live in Massachusetts and would like to be put in touch with a therapist for my addict daughter and myself who follows your beliefs. My daughter is recently out of rehab. Thank you.

  2. My loved one has been doing very well since detox (100 plus days), but has commented that it is getting a little harder to work his program. I worry most when he isolates more. How do we both stay away from our old habits?

    1. Staying away from old habits is very hard to do but you can make new habits. Doing things together like cooking or playing basketball in the park for a small wager like whoever wins not only cooks dinner but cleans up afterwards. It doesn’t have to be basketball either. Maybe whoever can spot a parking space first at the mall and bet a buck. Making a game out of some things can add a little excitement or adventure to the future.

      If you’re at the mall (and there’s always a liquor store at the mall) and you have no choice but to walk by that liquor store, then just walk faster. That helped me not to go into that liquor store. Whenever I would get off the bus on my way home the liquor store was smack right in front of my face with the neon lights inviting me in so that was a huge trigger for me. So then I began walking faster than normal past the store every day. The craving and urges were still there but after awhile I realized that I could just cross the street at the intersection where the bus dropped me off. Then the liquor store became out of reach and I told myself that it wasn’t worth going in there. But I had to come to that conclusion on my own because I wanted to prove to myself how strong willed I was to myself to deny just one drink. That’s why my addiction now is chocolate. Addicts always trade one addiction for another. Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Vivaldi12,

      We can offer a phone consultation and/or refer you to treatment providers along the lines of our philosophy in your area. Additionally, some families fly out their loved one for a couple weeks to a month for our intensive treatment.

    1. Good question. The aftercare plan depends on whether the client is local or not. If the client is local, we encourage group/individual check-ups as needed. We also do phone/Skype/FaceTime sessions. We will do what is needed for each person depending on their specific situation. That may mean we do family sessions twice a month etc. If the client is not local, we will refer them to therapists in their area that are aligned with the Practical Recovery philosophy. We can offer phone check-ins to help with the transition. We also collaborate with the client’s treatment providers.

        1. Hazel,

          Please contact me at 858-546-1100 extension 232 for more information about costs. We aim to work with each person as best we can, while still providing the high-level of care we are known for.