Psychotherapy to Recovery

Psychotherapy to Recovery

The recovery process can include many different methods that can help you notice and change behaviors that often lead to substance abuse. Part of addiction is biological. It is a disease that affects the brain and body.

However, addiction is also behavioral. Therapeutic modalities help you address environments, behaviors, and choices that can help aid in addiction recovery and other mental health disorders that may be occurring with addiction. Finding a treatment center to help address both the biological and behavioral aspects of addiction is essential for your recovery.


Often referred to as “talk therapy,” psychotherapy is a term that includes many treatment techniques. The goal of psychotherapy as a whole is to help clients identify and make changes in their behavior, thoughts, and emotions.

Psychotherapy can include one-on-one sessions with a licensed mental health professional or in a group setting. The setting and specifics of psychotherapy vary to meet the needs of each client. However, it may include some of the following:

  • Increasing awareness of thoughts, emotions, or behaviors
  • Creating new problem-solving strategies or coping methods
  • Looking at how you interact with yourself and others
  • Exploring things that are troubling for you with emotional support
  • Exposure therapies, learning to tolerate items or ideas that cause distress or anxiety
  • Meditation or other mindfulness techniques
  • Examining emotions and behaviors and how they impact each other

Benefits of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a broad range of therapeutic techniques that help clients to discover how they feel and act. Research has shown it to be beneficial for an extensive range of pathologies, including addiction treatment and other mental health disorders.

Addiction Treatment

Seeking out help is a considerable step in treatment, and once you have, psychotherapy may be a part of your treatment plan. While addiction is biological, it is essential to learn tools to better understand how your behavior interacts with addiction.

For many, substance abuse can be a way to cope with other issues in life, including stress or emotions. Psychotherapy is a method that can help by improving overall awareness of emotions and behaviors. Only when you are aware of your feelings and behaviors can you start to see how they could be different.

The other aspect of psychotherapy that is particularly useful for addiction is that it can teach you different methods to deal with situations you have previously used substances to cope with. This may include learning how to feel and express feelings, tools to make changes in your life, or how you interact with others.

These tools are all important for you to re-enter your life and continue on the path of sobriety. Treatment is the beginning of addiction recovery, and we believe in teaching you the skills you will need for long-term recovery.

Mental Health Disorders

A piece of addiction treatment is to treat other mental health disorders. Addiction is commonly found to co-occur with other mental health disorders, which can make it more challenging to recover.

Addressing overall mental health is essential for addiction recovery and overall mental health well-being. Each client will have different needs, but mental health treatment can have overall positive effects, including the following:

  • Lowering overall stress
  • Improving communication and relationships
  • Decreasing symptoms of other co-morbidities like depression or anxiety
  • Increasing happiness
  • Stabilizing mood

These positive outcomes of mental health treatment aid in addiction recovery. When you have other mental health disorders that impact how you feel and interact with others, it can lead to addiction or vice versa. Psychotherapy improves treatment outcomes and long-term recovery by addressing these co-morbidities or maladapted coping methods.

Psychotherapy: A Piece of Treatment

At Twilight Recovery Center, we believe that every client’s treatment plan will look different. Our goal is to meet your needs to help you live a fulfilling life. As such, psychotherapy is often a part of the holistic treatment plan and looks different for each person. The following are examples of methods that treatment may include:

  • Psychoanalysis
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapy
  • Integrative and holistic therapy

Each type of psychotherapy has a place in treatment, but not in every treatment plan. A combination of multiple treatment modalities is essential. While you may learn improved awareness and new coping mechanisms in psychotherapy, experiential therapy like equine therapy can help you to integrate what you have learned into new situations.

Due to this relationship, we believe that each therapeutic modality brings something to the table. At Twilight Recovery Center, we are here to help you build increased awareness and skills that you can take into your life to achieve long-term sobriety.

Taking the first step to admitting your addiction and entering treatment takes courage. Once you have begun the process of addressing your mental health and addiction, there are many modalities you can incorporate. Psychotherapy is one type of treatment that has been shown to be effective in addiction and mental health treatments. At Twilight Recovery Center, we use evidence-based and holistic therapies, including psychotherapy, that help clients address their emotions, behaviors, and relationships. We offer unique luxury treatment that is made for you. It is an exclusive experience that focuses on treating each client with a tailored treatment plan. We incorporate different modalities to treat addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, our programs can help. Call (888) 414-8183 today to learn more about our services and book your stay at Twilight Recovery Center.
How to Live With Love

How to Live With Love in Recovery

Substance abuse is not only a physical disease. It also impacts our behavior, relationship with ourselves, and ability to connect with others. At Twilight Recovery Center, we teach our clients how to live with love. This includes learning to love ourselves and allowing ourselves to love and be loved in relationships.

Living With Love

The ability to live our lives with love means feeling love for ourselves and others. Many of us do not even like ourselves while struggling with addiction, and learning how to have love in our lives seems impossible. However, we believe that everyone can learn to feel love. It takes hard work but learning to accept and forgive ourselves can help in our journey to find love.


At Twilight Recovery Center, we teach our clients how to take an inventory of their lives, good or bad. For many of us, it can be easy to see our wins or the positive aspects of life, but even glancing in the direction of our challenges can be incredibly intimidating.

However, learning to face our demons is vital. An exercise that we use is looking at ourselves in the mirror. With support, we believe that you can start the process of acceptance by first taking note of the things you feel good about and bad about.

Love requires that we see our entire selves. When we first look, we may not like it, and that is okay. However, acceptance is the first step in our journey of learning to live with love in our lives.


For many of us, we have done things we are not proud of. These actions often result in feelings of shame or embarrassment. While learning how to forgive others can also be helpful, research has shown that self-forgiveness can help in treatment and recovery.

Substance abuse is often a coping strategy for trauma, guilt, or shame. Learning to accept and forgive ourselves in treatment can improve our ability to stay sober as it reduces our need to use substances to cope with our feelings.

Forgiveness provides a different way to deal with mistakes and feelings of guilt or shame. We not only face our mistakes but allow ourselves to make mistakes. When we allow this, we can learn from our mistakes and make different choices in the future. At Twilight Recovery Center, we encourage and teach clients to start the process of healing the spirit with self-forgiveness.


Due to our actions, particularly relating to substance abuse, many of us do not have any affection for ourselves. To love ourselves means that we see, accept, and forgive ourselves for our mistakes.

We have taken a complete inventory of ourselves and thus can begin to appreciate ourselves. Recovery is hard work, and loving ourselves in the process can be highly beneficial.

Love can look like giving ourselves encouragement to keep going, knowing we are doing the best we can and will continue to do so. It is with love that we can heal our relationship with ourselves and others.

Benefits of Loving Ourselves

While we are often with others, we live with ourselves every day. During addiction, many develop hatred or anger towards themselves. This can often put us into a cycle of continual substance abuse, a behavioral cycle that can add to physical addiction.

Love and forgiveness can help us to see and care for ourselves in a way that frees us from this cycle. When we can understand our actions and give ourselves affection, we can learn to support ourselves. This can help immensely as we are all human, and we have and will make mistakes. Loving ourselves is a process, and it takes time, practice, and support.

Benefits of Relating to Others

Support groups are common in treatment and recovery for good reasons. We are social creatures, and being a part of a group, whether family or a support group, helps improve treatment and recovery outcomes.

Research has shown that recognition and long-term relationships have a lasting impact on recovery and thus should be a part of the recovery process. Having loving relationships takes time and social skills, which we value and teach in our programs.

While every client needs different amounts and types of support, relating to others with love is important. As we heal, we can accept love from others, seeing the care and support that friends and family can provide. We can also feel and show love to people in our lives, which is equally important. Love in relationships helps us bond, and these long-term relationships can help us during ups and downs in recovery and life.

Love and forgiveness are vital parts of recovery. They can help heal the spirit and the body and mind. It takes courage to choose the path of recovery. While it is a hard road, love can help. Healing the relationship between ourselves and others provides community and support. It also allows us to accept and forgive ourselves for mistakes and enter into relationships with others from an honest and authentic place. At Twilight Recovery Center, we offer luxury accommodations and individualized treatment. Our goal is to help you live your life with love. Whether that journey includes equine therapy, walking on the beach, or family therapy, our staff is here to help you heal. If you or a loved one is in search of healing, we can help. Call (888) 414-8183 to learn more about our programs and how we can help you live with love and heal.
Religion and the Twelve Steps

Religion and the Twelve Steps

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you have likely heard about the Twelve Steps for recovery. Originally founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson for alcohol addiction treatment, 12-Step programs have expanded and are used worldwide to help people achieve lasting recovery. The goal of the 12-Step approach is to help people who struggle to control their use of substances, thoughts, or behaviors. Many utilize the basic outline of this program due to its known success.

What Are the Twelve Steps?

In the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, Wilson defines the Twelve Steps as follows.

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when doing so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and practice these principles in all our affairs.

Are the Twelve Steps related with Religion?

As you can see, religious language is used when describing each step. This is because the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous were Christian. Due to this, they used the language they were familiar with.

However, despite the wording used, each step is not based on Christianity. Instead, each step is based on a spiritual idea. You do not have to be religious to benefit from them. The Twelve Steps are principles written in a spiritual nature but can be interpreted in a way that you find useful.

Religious vs. Spiritual

Many who utilize the Twelve Steps are not religious. Instead, they are spiritual. Being religious means being a member of a specific organized belief system. On the other hand, spirituality is a separate practice that often involves finding purpose, peace, or meaning in life. Spirituality often relates to being connected to others or life itself but does not follow the same level or structure that organized religion does.

Working the Twelve Steps Without Religion

The Twelve Steps are not religious. If you were to attend a program that incorporates them, you would not be asked to participate in religious activities. You would also not be asked what your beliefs are, as the goal of 12-Step programs is to sustain sobriety; it is not an effort to convert. Some 12-Step programs have even gone as far as removing any mention of God to help members feel more comfortable with the Twelve Steps.

The Twelve Steps are not religious, and many use them in treatment and to maintain sobriety. Some may connect with the Twelve Steps through their individual spiritual beliefs, while others may find comfort in how they lead you to address your issues with substance use.

With support, you can find your path through treatment and recovery, discovering what methods are helpful for you along the way. It is possible to participate in treatment programs and 12-Step meetings that incorporate the Twelve Steps without believing in God or being religious.

Are the Twelve Steps Helpful?

The Twelve Steps are effective. Two groups that utilize the Twelve Steps. Have been studied to provide evidence of their impact are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Researchers have found that those who attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous are more likely to have prolonged periods of abstinence. Additionally, early, consistent, and frequent attendance at meetings are associated with improved abstinence.

However, each person has a different journey to addiction and throughout treatment. As such, not all people will want to be in a treatment program that includes the Twelve Steps. This is okay. While some programs incorporate the Twelve Steps, and others do not, the most important thing is to find a program that fits you and your needs.

Walking your path to sobriety takes courage, effort, and time. It can be incredibly challenging for you and your loved ones, and you deserve support that truly helps you. The Twelve Steps can be helpful as a piece of treatment and recovery, despite your preference or participation in religious practices. However, the most important thing is finding treatments that support your needs. Some will thrive in 12-Step programs, while others will prefer not to. Either way is okay, as your walk to sobriety will look different from others. Finding a support system in your journey can help. At Twilight Recovery Center, we support each individual with unique treatment plans, including detox treatment, residential care, and holistic approaches to wellness and long-term sobriety. We offer custom treatment plans with a high level of care and support. To learn more about how we can help, call (888) 414-8183 today.
A Smaller Treatment Group

A Smaller Treatment Group

Addiction treatment requires a considerable amount of care and effort. Every aspect of treatment can impact the success of a client’s recovery. Individual care is particularly important, as each client will have their own background and challenges.

There is a time and place for larger groups in treatment, such as education or processing for a large family or population. However, smaller groups in treatment are effective as they provide community support while giving each client the care they need to thrive in treatment.

Individual Care

While addiction is a disease that impacts many individuals and families, it differs for each person. Many risk factors affect some and not others, including some of the following.

  • Genetics
  • Family history of addiction
  • Socioeconomics
  • Other comorbidities like depression or anxiety disorders
  • Early use of substances

The reasons behind addiction can vary greatly, and not all will respond well to the same style and type of treatment. This is why individualized care is so important. Addressing underlying issues that have caused addiction is key to success in treatment and recovery.

With a large group, this can often be lost. Medical professionals, just like all other people, have limited attention. When a group gets too large, it can be impossible for the medical team to notice every individual’s needs and meet them in the way they need.

The Value of Group Therapy

People naturally congregate together, looking for others for companionship and enjoyment. This is part of why group therapy can be so effective for mental health and addiction treatments. In fact, people have intrinsic reward centers which provide reinforcement to stay in the group.

Overall, in groups, people feel less lonely, a part of something bigger than themselves, and seen by others. These are all essential aspects of working with a group. It takes courage to share and become a part of a group, but remember you are not doing it alone. We can support you every step of the way to finding and maintaining sobriety.

Those who are involved in group therapy are more likely to stay sober. By bonding with others in treatment, you are accountable to the group. They witness your progress, allowing you to show parts of yourself you feel shame or anxiety about, and learn to be with it. It is also an effect of the nature of addiction.

Groups help with multiple factors associated with addiction, including the following.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Isolation
  • Denial
  • Shame

Group Therapy Is Effective

Working with a group in treatment is highly effective. We are social creatures, and treatment that takes that into account is often more successful. It can be challenging to ask for help or share with a group. While the choice is always yours, we encourage you to consider the benefits.

Feeling understood and working with a group where you receive compassion is helpful. At Twilight Recovery Center, we want you to know that you are not alone. Through small group therapy programs, we can help you take the step of sharing and bonding with others.

The Drawbacks of Larger or Smaller Groups

Larger groups, over 12, tend to use a lecture style. Imagine 100 people lined up and listening to a presenter. While the presenter may be a client sharing their story, a group of 100 doesn’t allow for adequate client-to-client interactions. These types of interactions are important as they build a bond with others who can truly empathize. While their story may differ, some likely feel similar to you in some way.

In smaller groups under six, the issue is more about consistency. At some point, some will likely miss a group meeting or not want to participate. Groups below six participants generally do not last and are not as valuable.

Smaller groups also allow for fewer opinions and thoughts. While you may not interact with or connect with everyone in a group, finding a few you feel comfortable with and enjoy sharing with can help you feel connected to the group.

The Perfect Size Group

Group sizes in treatment have a vast range depending on the situation. However, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), groups that range from six to twelve individuals are the most effective.

This size of a group allows each person to be seen for their specific situation and needs. It also is a size where the health care professionals can focus on each member. The beauty of this group size is that it balances the needs of each client while allowing clients to experience and benefit from group therapy.

Addiction treatment requires a high level of care at every point. Being in a crowded facility or large group can decrease the benefits of working with a group. However, working in a small treatment group provides you with the best of both worlds. You can connect with others in the group consistently, helping you feel a sense of belonging. The treatment team can also provide you with tools and help you with your individual needs while maintaining the group. At Twilight Recovery, our group treatment program works with only twelve people at a time. We offer luxury treatment that is made for you. Our high level of care is designed down to the smallest detail to suit your individual needs. If you or a loved one is struggling, we can help. Call (888) 414-8183 to speak with our staff and learn more about how we can help.
Specific Struggles Women

Specific Struggles Women Face

Recovery from substance abuse takes a lot of time and effort. Different people face different challenges due to many factors, including gender. Men and women face unique challenges in recovery, and it is essential that treatment takes these differences into account.

Specific Struggles Women Face

Women grapple with multiple different challenges in recovery. Some are due to biological differences between men and women, while others involve unique reasons for using substances. Despite these issues, there is hope. Treatment programs that take women’s experiences with substance abuse into account can help.

Women’s Use of Substances

Men and women use substances in different ways, which in turn affects recovery. Women tend to use substances for a shorter period of time before entering treatment. However, women tend to progress into addiction from the first use more quickly than men.

While more research is needed, women are more easily addicted and impacted more severely by drug use. For example, it has been shown that women experience more intense withdrawal and some treatments, such as nicotine patches, are less effective for women than men.

Certain issues associated with substance abuse are more common for women. One example is domestic abuse. Women who live with domestic abuse are more likely to develop issues with substances, often as a way to cope. Treatment often requires addressing the physical components of addiction as well as other issues, including making changes in one’s life and home as needed.

Effect of Substances on Women

There are multiple reasons women may be more or differently affected by substances than men. First, there is a significant hormonal difference in women. Women’s hormones can make women more susceptible to the effects of certain substances in comparison to men.

The physical effects of drugs and alcohol also differ for women. Substances may impact women’s hearts, blood vessels, and brains more than men. Women are also more likely to go to the emergency room due to substance use, potentially due to women being more affected physically and thus running into more physical issues.

The good news is that understanding these differences can help women find the treatment they need. Programs that take women’s specific physiology into account are more likely to be successful for women.

Treatment Plans

Women’s experience with addiction and recovery is often very different than most men’s. While different women will have their own unique issues and journeys toward recovery, taking women-specific challenges into account is essential. There are multiple reasons why a treatment plan that is unique to each individual is important.

Feeling Seen in Recovery

Recovery is a path of self-discovery, and it isn’t easy. An individual is not just the next person in a program; they have a unique set of experiences and need to succeed. Historically, women have not been seen in many ways.

For example, it is only recently that women have begun to be included in the research on substance abuse and recovery. As women become more involved as research participants, we will likely learn more about women’s needs.

In the meantime, individualized treatment can help compensate for the lack of available research. This means that women have space to talk about and feel seen in recovery. This may include separate care for women or women support groups where women may feel more comfortable.

Feeling Heard in Recovery

Women’s specific issues, such as hormonal changes like menopause or pregnancy, have often been overlooked. Historically, it has been said that women are whining about this or that.

However, hormones play a huge role in substance abuse and may influence factors like the rate of addiction, depression, and more. It is important in recovery that these issues are heard and supported in a positive way.

Research has shown that women have the best recovery results in a safe and supportive environment. In this type of environment, they can vocalize their feelings, concerns, and issues as they arise while feeling connected to others. Programs that incorporate these aspects are often more successful for women.

Collaborating in Recovery

Therapeutic approaches in recovery differ for men and women. Women have been shown to respond better to approaches that include collaboration. This entails a mental health professional working with the client to help her identify and change what is important to her. It is an equal partnership, where the mental health professional is the expert in their field, but the client is an expert in her life and what will work for her.

The collaborative approach helps build up female clients rather than break them down. It is essential as women entering treatment commonly have low self-esteem. Building confidence can allow you to make effective changes in your life. This approach differs from other approaches, which often break down behaviors with more confrontational techniques.

Recovery can be a challenging process that every individual will experience differently. Men and women, in particular, have been shown to have very distinct experiences of substance abuse and recovery. Women respond to substances differently than men and often have unique circumstances that lead them down the road of addiction. This is due to various reasons, including biological and social differences between men and women. While it will vary from person to person, individualized recovery can help, especially when taking gender into account. As women, it is crucial to find a treatment program that feels effective and right for your specific needs. At Twilight Recovery Center, we offer luxury addiction treatment made for you. Our goal is to help you on your unique journey of recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling and needs help, call Twilight Recovery today at (888) 414-8183.
Overcoming Resentments

Overcoming Resentments

Deciding to begin the journey of recovery is a challenging step in a difficult process, which is why Twilight Recovery is here to guide you through. However, it isn’t just substance use that contributes to this struggle. You also have to overcome resentments.

Understanding Resentment During Recovery

Like layers, the emotions exposed in recovery peel away. Among those emotions, one of the hardest to face is resentment. As a definition, resentment is displeasure or persistent ill will at something perceived as a wrong, insult, or injury. This can amount to complex feelings that can be a roadblock for recovery or a trigger for relapse.

It is important to keep in mind that resentment can be directed at several relationships, including:

  • You toward others
  • Others toward you
  • You toward your spiritual center
  • You toward you

Overcoming Resentments Toward Others

Resenting others might be the first thing you consider. This is the default idea. Suppose you have experienced trauma at the hands of others, been neglected by those who should care, or even distrust those who are meant to help. In that case, resentment can have built up against them, interrupting healing and disrupting the path toward recovery.

Others Resenting Us

While it can be hard to confront, the unfortunate truth is sometimes, in the path that brought us to recovery, we often hurt others. Whether or not they are close to us, this pain is something we have to resolve as well. In the case of our families, seeking their forgiveness can be as important as learning to forgive others. For those who are not close to us, we have to find our path to confronting our actions and acknowledging the effect they have on others.

Resentment Toward Our Spiritual Centers

Regardless of your spiritual experience, the confrontation of the traumas you have endured or caused may lead to resenting that spiritual center in your life. These feelings can be complex, hard to interpret, and harder to endure. When the core of our beliefs is challenged, finding our footing again is a slippery business.

Resentment Toward Self

Perhaps the most difficult of all, and the resentment which is time and again acknowledged as a keystone to recovery, is self-resentment. It is almost inescapable that after all the hardship, all sorrow encountered on the journey you’ve traveled so far, you’ve come across displeasure toward yourself. This is natural, but it is not necessary. It is your right to love yourself, no matter your mistakes.

Working Toward Forgiveness

Resentment is the feeling of ill will and displeasure at those who have or are perceived to have wronged you. The opposite of resentment is forgiveness. Working to forgive yourself or others through psychological interventions has been proven to affect your levels of anxiety or depression.

Treating Resentment

At Twilight Recovery, forgiveness can be sought and found through any number of treatments, including:

Residential Treatment

While it may seem obvious, sometimes the first step toward forgiveness is distance. At Twilight’s residential program, along with excellent amenities and staff that allow you to rest and recover, the distance it provides from the environment and people of your day-to-day life can be crucial for recovery.

It also can provide the opportunity to assess your emotions and detangle the types and sources of resentment in your life. In turn, this can help you identify what type of treatment is right for your needs.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a cornerstone of all types of treatment. Finding help with forgiveness and resentment has its foundation right here. Unraveling the threads of resentment is an overwhelming task. However, with individual therapy, you don’t have to go it alone.

Family Therapy

At Twilight, we also use family therapy to improve your relationships that may be struggling due to feelings of resentment from all members. In the case of family therapy, a family doesn’t just mean blood, but what makes up your idea of family. If there is anybody in your life that you need to work out those feelings and arrive at forgiveness together, family support and counseling work toward healing rifts around disruptive interpersonal relationships and substance misuse.


Everybody’s experience with spirituality differs, but the importance of ensuring that relationships are healthy is a crucial aspect of recovery. Twilight’s emphasis on spirituality acts as a bridge between you and your faith.

How Twilight Recovery Can Help

Recovery doesn’t end at the end of your stay at Twilight, and the emotions and trauma you manage within the safety of treatment don’t stop them from being part of your post-recovery world. Because of this, Twilight has a comprehensive recovery tool kit to follow you through all of your journeys.

Twilight Recovery is focused on treating you as a whole person during treatment. Not only do we want you to be physically healthier than when you arrive at our facility, but we want to ensure you find healing emotionally. Various adverse emotions come along with addiction, but working through those is part of recovering. We have an expert staff of caring professionals to help you feel support and comfort while delving into your negative feelings and traumas. Our team will work with you however is best for you to help you find peace. Our programs were created to meet you where you are and move at a pace that feels good for you. We will help you face any resentment you feel through therapy and any resentment from others through family counseling. Call Twilight Recovery at (888) 414-8183 to find out how we can help you.
How Aftercare Helps

How Aftercare Helps Secure Recovery

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process. Ending the cycle of substance use requires work and commitment during treatment and recovery.

In medicine, treating illness and disease is often followed by a period of continuing care. During this time the patient is monitored by professionals and assisted by care professionals, undergoes physical therapy, and learns new life skills to cope as they heal.

In the field of addiction, we call continuing care “aftercare” to help secure recovery. It comes after treatment, as the client enters recovery. During aftercare, clients still have the knowledge and dedication of their treatment team behind them, the support of loved ones who want them to succeed, and the skills they learned in treatment to cope.

Aftercare is the period in which the client learns the skills they need during the lifelong recovery process. You might be wondering what you can expect when you have completed your initial treatment. After all, during treatment, you will have spent a great deal of time practicing skills. Now you will put them to use.

Why Aftercare Is Essential to Recovery

It is important to understand that substance use disorder (SUD) is a chronic disease. A chronic disease is one that is lifelong and requires long-term treatment and care. Examples of other diseases that are considered chronic are asthma and cardiovascular disease.

As with any chronic illness, relapse is an unfortunate concern. The best way to prevent a relapse is to have a good aftercare routine grounded in principles a client has learned during treatment. This may include using techniques such as mindfulness to cope with cravings and overcome temptations.

The foundations of aftercare are laid when a client first begins their treatment program. Like treatment, aftercare is personally tailored to each individual. After all, disease affects everyone differently. Your treatment and aftercare should reflect your individual needs to achieve the best possible result.

Your plan for continuing care should also reflect your goals. Having something to focus on is important for achieving sobriety. Whether you want to focus on your career, your family, or even a higher power, your treatment and care plan should help you to achieve that goal.

You deserve a caring, compassionate team that understands all aspects of treatment and recovery. At Twilight Recovery Center, your care team’s top priority is your continuing wellness and happiness.

Reconnecting With Yourself After Treatment

Life is about personal growth and the developmental milestones we achieve as we work toward our goals. One of the ways we achieve our goals in recovery is by reconsidering the way in which we live. Part of achieving sobriety and recovery is by creating a new life in which sobriety becomes easy while substance use becomes harder.

As you can probably surmise, recovery involves looking inward at yourself, critically examining your life, and restructuring your existence in a positive way that helps you to recover substance-free. A substance user can achieve this through many methods: psychotherapy, self-help groups, peer support, and mindfulness techniques.

There are five rules that can help recovering substance users achieve lasting recovery. They are:

  • Change your lifestyle to one that seeks sobriety, eliminating those things that cause you stress, weigh you down, or led you to substance use
  • Engage in honesty with yourself and those around you
  • Be willing to ask for help, and understand that your care team and loved ones are there to support you at every step of your treatment and recovery process
  • Practice self-care: meditate, be mindful, and be good to your body and mind
  • Follow the rules set before you in your treatment and recovery programs

Recovery and aftercare are about more than achieving sobriety. Recovery is a complete change in lifestyle that allows you to see a world where substance use is difficult and undesirable, while sobriety is easy and wanted.

Stress Reduction in Aftercare

Stress is a major factor that contributes to most substance use relapses. Understanding the role of stress and how to create a calm environment in recovery is an important part of the aftercare process.

One reason that stress plays such a large role in potential relapse is that it is often a factor that led to the continuing use of controlled substances before treatment. Studies have shown that alcohol and nicotine use is often precipitated by stressful events among users of those substances.

Overcoming stress and creating a serene mindset may seem daunting, but it is highly achievable. As we discussed, it involves changing your life and mindset. We can achieve this by engaging in mindfulness techniques and focusing on our physical and mental health.

Reconnecting with nature and feeling connected to the world around you, using mindfulness techniques to reconnect with your goals and needs, and implementing guided nutrition and exercise programs are all ways you can change your lifestyle and embrace a healthier you. At Twilight Recovery Center, these skills are incorporated from the beginning stages of treatment. Our specialists are focused on therapies to make your mind, body, and spirit well again.

Peer Support, Belief, and Success in Recovery

A big part of aftercare is the support structure around you. It is important to have a belief or focus, whether that is a child, family member, or higher power. Having your loved ones around you to support continued sobriety in aftercare plays a big part in a successful recovery.

At Twilight Recovery Center, caring professionals focus on your holistic recovery, understanding that your aftercare plan should continue to focus on keeping your mind, body, and spirit well. Aftercare is a lifelong practice and essential to your recovery.


Treatment for substance use does not end with sobriety. Recovery from substance use is a lifelong commitment, and long-term treatment plans are essential for success. That is why you need to have a team on your side to craft a treatment and aftercare plan that will continue to focus on your success. At Twilight Recovery Center our focus is on you, whether you are in the inpatient treatment program or have left the facility on the road to recovery. We will be there with you to support you in any way you need and to champion your success. You can take control of your life. We will help you find the tools to get there and help with all your aftercare needs. Your success is important to us. Call (888) 414-8183 and speak with one of our caring professionals today.
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Equine Therapy as a Treatment for Mental Health Disorders

For many centuries, animals have been shown to positively impact human health and functioning through direct human-animal contact. Nowadays, there are service animal programs and a broad range of animal-assisted therapies (AAT) used for treating physical and mental health disorders.

Equine therapy is one of the most commonly used forms of AAT for the treatment of diseases affecting mental health. This does not come as a surprise. Literature from the 17th century indicates that riding horses was used to treat neurological diseases. Even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, talked about riding and healing.

What Is Equine Therapy?

In equine-assisted therapy (EAT) horses are incorporated into the therapeutic process and play an essential role in recovery. An article by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health defines equine therapy as an interaction between horse and patient to promote physical and mental health, social functioning, and learning. The activity must be led by a certified equine therapist. The aim is to support and improve the participant’s bodily, cognitive, and psychological functions.

How Does Equine Therapy Work?

EAT can help people overcome many physical challenges and psychological disorders. Equine therapy can be different for each individual. The method used will depend on the individual’s needs, type of health struggles, and end goals. However, all therapy methods have something in common: they promote a deeper connection with oneself, one’s senses, the outside world, and others. The following are some of the different types of equine therapy:

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy

The client will work alongside an equine therapist to improve mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Considered a form of “talk therapy,” they will be able to ride or work with horses using all of their senses and the environment to connect with their thoughts and emotions.

Equine-Assisted Learning

With this form of therapy, the focus is on improving communication skills, confidence, self-control, and self-awareness through the interaction between horse and patient. The horse and therapist will help teach the client safety, respect, boundaries, trust, responsibility, and other life skills.

Therapeutic Riding

A certified therapeutic riding instructor is required for this type of therapy. There is evidence that it helps improve confidence, self-esteem, self-confidence, and trauma healing.


The client will sit or lay on the horse while a licensed physical, speech, or occupational therapist ensures safety. The movements help improve postural balance, core strength, trunk stability, coordination, and neuromuscular disorders.

Advantages of Equine-Assisted Therapy

The various forms of EAT show positively affect physical, cognitive, psychological, and social functions. The combination of equine therapy with other typical therapy methods provides better results than regular therapy alone. Since attachments form between people and animals, this type of therapy stimulates the development of diverse abilities. Interacting with the horse can help with balance, coordination, fitness, memory, self-confidence, mood, patience, how one treats themselves and others, behavioral problems, and more.

Unique Traits

These specific traits are unique to horses and make EAT stand out from regular forms of therapy and other AATs:

  • Broad body-to-body contact
  • High body temperature causes a decrease in muscle spasticity and hypertonicity
  • Width provides stretches in different muscle groups
  • Tri-rotational movement produces forces similar to walking, which improve core strength and nervous function
  • Ability to mimic their environment and interactions reflecting the patient’s emotional and physical state and encouraging self-awareness
  • Conditioned to be mindful but unbiased and non-judgemental
  • Being out in nature with the horse encourages feelings of gratitude, mindfulness, and balance

Health Benefits

Evidence shows that equine therapy provides a plethora of health benefits, some of which are:

  • Improved self-confidence/self-acceptance
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Impulse control
  • Improved communication skills
  • Learning to care for oneself and others
  • Social and self-awareness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Trust in self and others
  • Identifying and coping with thoughts and emotions

Disorders That Can Be Treated

Equine therapy provides an immense amount of health benefits. Several physical and mental health disorders can benefit and improve with the use of this modality. These include but are not limited to:

  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance use disorder
  • Panic disorders/phobias
  • Eating disorders
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Paralysis
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Down syndrome
  • Learning difficulties
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Visual and auditory disabilities

Equine Therapy in Substance Use Disorders

The journal Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment studied the numerous benefits of EAT in addiction. The participants of the study highlighted that equine therapy was something to look forward to and a nice variation from their usual treatment routine. Being outside and connecting with the horses allowed them to focus on the present moment instead of the issues they were facing. They also mentioned that caring for the horses taught them a lot about responsibility, caring for themselves, and caring for others.

Although they enjoyed the activity, it was noted that what fulfilled them most was the opportunity to do something productive and useful. Feeling important and that their existence makes a difference made all the difference for them. It was also acknowledged that being in the stable as opposed to the inpatient facility allowed them to truly focus on and discover who they really are beyond a substance use disorder patient. Some even acknowledged that if it were not for horse therapy they would have abandoned treatment. They were able to build a positive self, one of acceptance, importance and need and change for the better.

Equine-assisted therapy

This therapy can play an essential role in your recovery from mental health disorders. There is evidence of the positively affect physical, cognitive, psychological, and social functions. The combination of equine therapy and other typical therapy methods exhibits better results than regular therapy alone. This is especially true when combatting substance use disorder. Equine therapy provides clients with the opportunity to know they are so much more than their addiction. It helps them build a positive image of themselves; acceptance and need. At Twilight Recovery, we offer a highly trained expert in psychotherapy with horses as well as many other healthcare professionals on a beautiful beach location. Our goal is for you to experience the peace and freedom that sobriety can bring. If you are ready to seek recovery your way from a loving and caring team, contact us at (888) 414-8183 today.
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Wellness and Addiction Treatment

Reclaim Yourself Through Wellness and Addiction Treatment. Recovery from substance abuse is more than just abstaining from drugs and alcohol. It’s completely overhauling destructive patterns and habits and relearning how to make overall health a top priority. That includes not only physical health, but also mental, emotional, and even spiritual health, through incorporating healthy routines and practices. Comprehensive wellness in all facets of life will help you maintain sobriety while also giving you renewed energy and strength to fulfill your goals.

Incorporating comprehensive health and wellness practices into your daily life will help relieve anxiety and depression while allowing you to enjoy life more and achieve long-lasting sobriety.

Reclaiming Wellness 101

There are many ways to achieve wellness in all facets of life. At Twilight Recovery Center, we practice a holistic approach to healing, which teams physical recovery with mental and spiritual recovery. To do this, we not only treat patients with in-house rehabilitation, but encourage other wellness practices as well.

Getting the Right Nutrition

Chances are, while in the throes of substance addiction, you were not in the right frame of mind to make healthy eating habits. The combination of drugs and poor dietary choices can, unsurprisingly, wreak havoc on the body. Poor nutrition not only decreases energy and overall physical health but can make you feel tired and more negative. The constant presence of negative emotions can make it easier to turn to drugs as a quick fix to feel better, which ultimately results in feeling worse when the high wears off.

Part of recovery is making sure you are well nourished. Every meal or snack is an opportunity to replenish nutrients lost in the struggle of addiction. It’s not uncommon for people to start detoxification in a malnourished state, worsened by feelings of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. As the body is weaned off of drugs during detox, lost fluids and nutrients must be replaced. That’s why good nutrition is a strong focus in cultivating wellness.

A dietician who is knowledgeable about addiction can help you develop an eating plan that can restore your health. People in substance abuse recovery may need to focus on the following areas:

  • Restoring fluids by drinking more water, rather than alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, or caffeinated beverages
  • Planning meals and snacks ahead of time, before hunger pangs begin
  • Having water and healthy snacks on hand

Many people in recovery crave sweets and other unhealthy snacks to substitute for alcohol or drugs. It’s not uncommon for overeating to become a substitute for getting drunk or high. Therefore, learning to eat well is critical for also learning how to function without substances.

Encouraging Regular Exercise

Did you know that exercise can produce what’s often called a natural high? This is the effect of endorphins, brain chemicals that are released through physical activity. These endorphins also result in a lifted mood, which can ease feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress, and help reduce the temptation to use again. Physical activity, such as sports or joining a gym, also helps fill the time that might otherwise be spent getting high.

Additional benefits of exercise for substance abuse recovery include:

  • Increased strength, stamina, blood flow, and healing for bodies that have been weakened by prolonged drug use
  • Changes in brain chemistry that fuel feelings of addiction
  • Release of neurochemicals that naturally increase energy and feelings of contentment and well-being
  • Weight stabilization, improved flexibility, improved cardiovascular health, and reduced blood pressure
  • Increased feelings of confidence and self-efficacy
  • Reduced dependence, temptation, and “need” for drugs to get by

Cultivating wellness in the form of exercise can help replace old habits with healthy ones, making substances less desirable to cope with negative emotions or boredom.

Learning to Manage Stress in a Healthy Way

Stress is one of the biggest contributors to substance abuse and relapse, especially in early recovery. It can take some time to learn how to replace unhealthy coping mechanisms with healthy ones, especially when you have to face stress with a sober mind.

Managing stress in a healthy way can help reduce heart rate, feel calm, deepen breathing, and restore concentration, all while reducing the urge to get high. These practices can also raise the levels of brain chemicals, such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is responsible for feelings of relaxation and contentment. This is important for healing bodies that have essentially been trained to associate those feelings with drug use.

Stress Reduction Techniques

Calming both body and mind is a crucial skill that is learned in recovery. Along with regular therapy appointments, some of the following techniques can be used for stress reduction:

  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Listening to music
  • Massage therapy
  • Journaling
  • Art therapy
  • Being out in nature: walking, biking, hiking, or gardening

Practicing Healthy Sleep Habits

The average adult requires 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. This is one of the most effective natural ways of getting enough energy to face the next day. To do this, it’s recommended that you go to bed and get up at about the same time every day. It’s also recommended you limit caffeine intake and the amount of time spent napping during the day, so you’re adequately tired at bedtime.

Seeing a Therapist

It can be beneficial to have an unbiased third party who can help walk you through complex emotions, traumas, and other underlying causes of substance abuse. Therapy is also beneficial for managing co-occurring mental health conditions along with substance abuse.

At Twilight Recovery Center, we believe that practicing comprehensive healthy habits, in addition to medical treatment, is the key to treating substance abuse. Sometimes that requires a change of pace from the ordinary or getting out of an unhealthy environment in order to fully detox. Our beautiful facility located in Mexico is more than just a treatment center: it’s an oasis. From beautiful beaches, captivating sunsets, and wellness tools such as nutritious meal plans and healing activities, we help many people overcome the prison of addiction and achieve sobriety. You can rediscover yourself and reclaim all that life has to offer with a clear mind and healthy body. Complete freedom from substance abuse is available when you call us at (888) 414-8183. Learn more about the programs and treatments we offer, payment and insurance plans, and how our rehabilitation facility has already changed countless lives.
Role of Holistic Therapies

Holistic Therapies, Its Role in Substance Use Disorders

The term “holistic treatment” covers a wide range of options for treating an even wider range of medical conditions. Regarding substance abuse and addiction, specifically, it is best to  include holistic methods alongside medical treatment to treat the whole person: that is, the mind, body, and spirit. These treatment methods can help curb withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, help manage mental health conditions and difficult emotions, and enhance physical and mental well-being when they work together.

While there are many effective treatments for addiction, it’s rare to only use one type at a time. Treatments that focus on mental, physical, and emotional well-being complement each other. Implementing holistic treatment methods into a substance use treatment plan can help improve overall well-being in the recovery journey.

What Holistic Addiction Recovery Is and Does

Holistic approaches and treatment methods in the field of addiction recovery are increasingly popular. Generally speaking, holistic treatment is an umbrella term that refers to a treatment plan that focuses on the whole person: physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. This is especially important for people with co-occurring disorders alongside addiction, such as depression or anxiety. A treatment approach that focuses on just drug abuse treatment, but not the mental or emotional causes underneath it, won’t result in successful sobriety. The holistic approach acknowledges the importance of emotional well-being as a complement to physical health.

Not all treatment approaches have to be separate, with physical treatment addressed one day, and mental or emotional therapy addressed at a different time. Ideally, they should work together, combining elements in one treatment center. Today, many addiction treatment centers are starting to understand the prevalence of mental health issues along with substance abuse. There is a growing amount of evidence-based research that shows how treating addiction without treating mental health is ineffective at best, harmful at worst. Therefore, you are more likely to see addiction specialists recommending holistic practices, such as exercise, healthy eating, and mindfulness techniques, in addition to counseling, or as part of in-house rehabilitation treatment.

Is Holistic Treatment Evidence-Based?

Holistic therapies are not a substitute for medical treatment. However, when practiced with physical forms of therapy, holistic treatment has a high success rate. Many people report a decrease in anxiety and depression, along with a renewed sense of self, after practicing various forms of holistic therapy.

All forms of addiction treatment that focus on mental and physical health can complement each other when they are guided by addiction specialists. For example, holistic treatment methods such as medication and yoga can be paired with evidence-based therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy, which work together to reduce cravings and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Together, these treatments work to reduce the chance of relapsing.

Why Holistic Treatment Is Effective

It’s common to think of addiction as strictly a physical problem. The reality is that addiction involves the whole person. Considering the number of people who turn to drugs or alcohol as a way of coping or “escaping” undiagnosed mental health disorders or traumas, it’s safe to say that addiction is a whole-person problem. Holistic treatment methods take that whole person approach by blending traditional, experiential, and even spiritual-based therapies into the recovery process. The types of treatments will depend on the needs and preferences of the patient. Some patients may respond best to yoga and medical treatment, while others may require antidepressants, yoga, and in-patient care.

Different Types of Holistic Treatments for Substance Abuse

There are many types of treatments to choose from, but the most common holistic treatments tend to be:


Yoga is more than exercise. The accompanying philosophies help reduce anxiety and are kinder to your body in general. It also helps to focus on breathing exercises, which in turn help to calm emotions, thus reducing the chance of relapse.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Similar to yoga, meditation and mindfulness involve focusing on the present moment, helping to prevent being overwhelmed by distracting emotions. You can do this while sitting down, doing yoga poses, or walking through nature. In addition to focusing on the present, you’ll want to focus on your breath, incorporating deep inhales and exhalations, which reduces stress. This can be a guided process or self-guided. It is recommended as a form of coping with triggers that used to enable substance abuse.

Fitness and Exercise

Exercise releases endorphins, or brain chemicals that produce a natural high that can help you feel happier without having to use drugs. Because these chemicals are depleted with regular substance abuse, exercise re-trains the body and mind to feel happy in a natural way. People who exercise regularly for just 20 to 30 minutes a day tend to report feeling happier in the long run.

Additional Holistic Treatments for Substance Abuse Recovery

The above treatments and practices are the most common, but they are not the only options. Other holistic treatments for substance abuse may include:

  • Art therapy: Different forms of art, such as sculpting or painting, can help people work through the difficult emotions or traumas that enabled drug use
  • Massage therapy: Massage therapy boosts feelings of calm and relaxation and improves mood while addressing physical pain in the body
  • Aromatherapy: Certain scents, such as lavender, can help cultivate calmness and relaxation, as well as help improve sleep
Wellness is more than just feeling physically better. Mental and spiritual health is just as necessary when it comes to overall well-being. At Twilight Recovery we believe that substance abuse affects the mind and body in addition to the spirit. That is why we offer a wide range of holistic therapies to help free you from the claim that substances like drugs and alcohol have on your life. Our addiction specialists can help you understand how holistic treatments work, and help you choose the ones that resonate with you the most. Our beautiful in-house rehabilitation center in Mexico is the perfect place to regain your health in every way. From 24-hour physical care, counseling, nutritious meal plans, exercise regimens, and more, let Twilight Recovery help you in your recovery journey. Reclaim yourself through wellness and addiction treatment today. Call us at (888) 414-8183 to learn more.




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Receive the highest level of care at our upscale recovery center. We offer world class treatments to ensure the finest road to recovery.



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(1) 888-414 81 83


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