Family Roles

Addiction is a family disease, meaning that if an individual is struggling with a substance use disorder, it will affect the rest of the family in various ways. As they respond with a wide range of coping mechanisms, their reactive behaviors influence their loved one who is struggling with addiction. The family dysfunction that results

Enabling and Addiction

“And after a long time the boy came back again.  “I am sorry, Boy,” said the tree, “but I have nothing left to give you-  My apples are gone.”  “My teeth are too weak for apples,” said the boy.  “My branches are gone,” said the tree.  “You cannot swing on them-“  “I am too old

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Why Addiction and Mental Illness is a Family Disease

Genetics indeed play a significant role in the development of substance use disorders and mental health disorders. An individual is more likely to develop depression or alcohol use disorder if their mom or dad also had one of these disorders. The common phrase “addiction is a family disease” has nothing to do with the actual

Codependency

“A codependent person is one who has let another person’s behavior affect him or her, and who is obsessed with controlling that person’s behavior.”   ― Melody Beattie, Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself What is codependency?  Codependency is a negative factor that is encountered in many relationships that can destroy

Tips for Recovery During the Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for anyone and can be even more stressful if you are in recovery. Addiction is more pronounced during the holiday season, and when one individual is struggling with a substance use disorder, the entire family unit is affected. Family gatherings, hectic preparations, holiday shopping, financial stress,

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October is known as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month since 2011. It is time to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in individual lives and the community. It is also a month dedicated to remembering those who lost their lives to substance abuse and recognizing those in recovery and children, parents, and loved

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The Relationship Between Trauma and Depression

Trauma is the Greek word for “wound” and the Merriam Webster definition of trauma is: A: an injury (such as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent B: a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury C: an emotional upset As a society, we

Gestalt Therapy: Focusing on The Present Instead of the Past

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” ― George

PTSD Awareness Month

Awareness in June: PTSD Awareness Month “Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams healing can begin.” – Danielle Bernock, Emerging With Wings Earlier

Pride Month: Shedding Light on Addiction in the LGBTQ Community

“In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. The ruling was 6-3, with Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s first appointee to the court, writing the majority opinion. The opinion was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts

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AKUA Mind and Body is a full-service treatment program that offers a wide range of “east meets west” treatment modalities for many different populations struggling with codependence disorder and other mental health and substance use disorders. AKUA Mind & Body treats co-occurring disorders and works diligently with each client and their family to ensure that treatment is specifically tailored to their needs, and not just their disorder. 

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