Why Group Therapy Works

Why Group Therapy Works

The main goal of treatment is to heal a person physically as well as mentally. For those with substance abuse issues, one of the best ways to approach the mental health aspect is through group therapy.

What Is Group Therapy?

In substance abuse treatment there are a variety of therapy options that work in tandem to begin healing the resident. These include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Alternative therapy

However, the most widely used across all treatment centers is group therapy. This involves having a number of people—the number of which depends on the treatment center, but normally not exceeding eight—in a moderated situation. In this scenario, each person is given the opportunity to speak about their journey, problems, and triumphs. At the same time, the others are encouraged to weigh in with advice and questions of their own.

Benefits of Group Therapy

There are many benefits to group therapy. Two of the main benefits are building a personal community and learning how to reprogram one’s behavior.


For many people recovering from substance use disorder, their substance abuse issues have left them isolated. This is often caused by pushing away concerned friends and family. Often, this comes about through their insistence that the individual seeks treatment.

However, when a person does finally agree to enter treatment, they will be given a non-judgmental community made up of others like them. Initially, they may be reticent to accept this environment. It can also be uplifting to be surrounded by people who not only want to hear their stories but genuinely desire their opinions. Many addicts may find this fascinating and different as they may not have been taken seriously in a long time.

Behavioral Reprogramming

When an individual has spent the majority of their time isolated and possibly dealing with an undiagnosed mental health issue, their behavior may become erratic. They may think that they can act however they want and say whatever they want. This may even seem normal and acceptable to them.

Group therapy will show them how to behave properly. This will happen by interacting with others in a controlled environment. They will learn how to address people, how to respond appropriately, and how to control their emotions when confronted.

Providing a Base for Treatment

As previously stated, group therapy is only a part of the treatment process. Still, it provides a base for all other pieces of that same process.

Treatment centers are closed environments where everyone exists beside everyone else. They live, work, and even eat together. These interactions all happen in a self-contained little world. When this becomes a person’s life, there will be all manner of interactions. Some are good, but others are not as good. While these will be dealt with by the staff, it’s in group therapy where this can be explored. Since these groups are about dealing with issues together, what better place to deal with issues they are also facing between each other?

Individuals Reacting in Real-Time

When people think about therapy, they often picture someone sitting on a couch opposite a therapist on a weekly basis, discussing what has happened over the past week while touching upon past issues. In a treatment program, group sessions are often held at least once a day, if not more. This allows the group to keep their conversation going at a much steadier pace. Issues that were brought up in the morning can be digested and dealt with that same afternoon.

This immediacy will provide residents with more opportunities to develop plans of action with their peers. In a treatment environment, this can have the type of effect that months of individual therapy may never reach. Should a person have questions, their fellow residents can have answers for them within hours, if not sooner. This real-time programming will also give people the ability to continue discussions outside of the group scenario. As they talk throughout the course of their day, more ideas may occur to them both individually and in smaller groups.

Preparing for the Next Steps

After time in treatment, residents will begin to show signs that they have started to accept the lessons being presented to them. Their behavior will become more acceptable, and their interactions smoother. Society will be just one step away for them. That is where the final steps of group therapy come into play and residents begin looking to their future.

Outside Groups

A part of the treatment process involves developing plans both for the time in treatment and for the next steps in the recovery process. Following treatment, people will often be expected to attend regular group meetings on top of ongoing therapy. Their time in groups will have prepared them for this next step.

It is important for them to accept group therapy as a viable type of treatment as it will play a pivotal role in their ongoing recovery process. Medical staff will monitor them during their rehab process to make sure they are ready for these next steps.

Twilight Recovery Center and Group Therapy

At Twilight Recovery Center we are prepared to offer the best in group therapy. Our knowledgeable staff has years of experience and our group sizes are considerably smaller than any you will find in other recovery centers. This allows for far more individualized care. When you can feel comfortable in group therapy, you will be ready for the next steps.

Group therapy is a pivotal part of the rehabilitation process. Regardless of the treatment center or recovery program, there will be a group therapy component. This allows people to interact with others who share the same issues. In this environment, there is a higher chance of healing. At Twilight Recovery Center, we are happy to bring our residents the highest quality care. This includes a group therapy program that boasts no more than six residents at a time and medical professionals who have been trained in the most cutting-edge moderation techniques. We are prepared to offer community, guidance, and acceptance to everyone that walks through our doors. For more information, call us at (888) 414-8183.

Fear to Treatment

Fear to Treatment

There are many reasons addicts avoid treatment. Some are simply too deep into their addiction to realize that help is available. Others may find that those around them are making it hard for them to give up their addictions. However, more often than not, they are kept away by fear.

Why Fear Keeps People From Treatment

Those who have never been through treatment, and possibly even those who have relapsed, may have a deep fear of entering treatment. This fear is often rooted in an inability to make drastic changes to one’s life. Considering the level of change that treatment brings, such a life-altering experience may seem too big to fully comprehend.

Treatment Means Confrontation

Consider the fact that people have many reasons for fearing confrontation. This does not always mean confronting another individual. It may mean facing any of the following:

  • Trauma
  • Friends and family
  • Past behavior

There are a variety of sub-issues for each of these, but they tend to be the most important ones. Facing these demons can be something that people are not ready to do. However, without confronting them, treatment will not work. It will not accomplish its main goal of beginning the healing process.

Detox Is a Frightening Concept

People who look at treatment may be fearful of what a detox program looks like. The idea of going cold turkey and being denied the one thing that has kept them feeling numb to their problems will be taken away. That can be a genuine and scary concept.

However, a treatment program will make sure that they realize detox, though painful, is the cleansing their bodies need to make sure their minds are ready. Detox may also seem like a solitary process when, in fact, the person will be monitored and taken care of by knowledgeable staff.

The facts are there for them to see. Detox can be painful, but it is also unavoidable. However, once the process is complete, residents can feel a sense of relief that they have not felt in quite some time.

Loss of Autonomy

There is a misconception that treatment takes away a person’s freedom to think and act for themselves. This could not be further from the truth. Though a treatment program does follow a relatively rigid routine, its main reason for existing is to help residents think more clearly and take control over their addictions and lives.

People must realize that they are not sheep. They have their own minds and are perfectly capable of using them to make the right decisions. Treatment is in place to show them that past decisions were made due to specific circumstances and trauma and were therefore unavoidable. However, it will show them that going forward there are many ways to regain control over their lives. This realization can have drastic effects on how the person views themselves and the ways they help themselves going forward.

Discussing One’s Issues

Much like the concept of confrontation, there is often a fear of digging down into the issues once they have been identified. This discussion, both individually and in groups, may be looked at stubbornly. It may be met with what outwardly presents as anger and frustration when, after a brief analysis, is actually fear of getting everything out on the table.

The initial confrontation with one’s past can be scary in its own right. However, the next step, the true dissection of these issues, may seem even worse. At first, there will be cursory nods to the issues that have been brought to the surface. Following this initial acknowledgment, the process of treatment can begin in earnest.

One thing to note is that this particular method does not end with the treatment program. In fact, it will continue well into recovery and may continue for years to come. Discussing one’s past and the issues they raise is a process that often requires years of exploration. It may even require a variety of medical professionals to make sure that not only is the past being discussed, but the present is being talked about in relation to it.

Twilight Recovery Center’s Approach

Residents are often fearful when they enter treatment. At Twilight Recovery Center this is not only understood; it is expected. That is why we are fully prepared to explain the entire process to those who come to our facility. We want to present our relaxed atmosphere while also showing that we can deliver results for our residents.

Treatment can transcend fear and assist people in finding the inner strength to make it to the other side. We believe that reentering society is simply the next step in our process. That is why we believe in providing individualized care to prepare our residents for their next steps. Recovery can feel like a long process but it is not something to fear. It is an opportunity waiting to be embraced.

There are many reasons for someone to fear entering treatment. However, fear may be the most pervasive reason. At Twilight Recovery Center, we know the various issues our residents will face before, during, and after treatment. We are prepared to show them that this fear can be changed to hope in the face of their own adversity. With the assistance of our knowledgeable staff, residents will find that confronting their past, exploring trauma, and coming to terms with their mistakes will lead them into a future of healthy choices and possibilities. Twilight Recovery Center is responsible for helping countless people turn their lives around. For more information, call us today at (888) 414-8183

Developing a Plan of Action

Developing a Plan of Action

When a person enters a recovery program, they arrive with their own issues, emotions, and needs. Because of this, a cookie-cutter model for handling every resident does not work. It is important to develop plans of action for each person. This focus on the individual will allow the staff to create the type of plan of action that works for that person in that time and place. The more focused and individualized, the better.

The Importance of Planning

From the moment a person arrives at a recovery center, there are some basic questions that are put to them. These are important as they enter the detox process.

Upon completion of the detox, a medical professional will perform a complete evaluation. These people will develop a complete history of this new resident so they can decide on the types of treatment that will be necessary. Some of the things they will ask about include:

  • Past trauma
  • Family medical history
  • Types of substances being abused
  • Amount of time substances have been abused
  • Legal medication usage
  • Past mental health treatment
  • Fears, questions, and needs regarding treatment

Depending on the facility, there may be other questions that will be put to the resident. These are all necessary and vital to the healing process. The more open the person can be, the better the level of care.

Individual Treatment

Individual treatment considers the needs and experiences of the individual.

Once they create an initial plan with their therapist, both of them will work together to create a plan of action that will lay out how they would like to approach this aspect of treatment. For many people, this plan will simply be an initial blueprint. Depending on the direction the therapy takes, it may be updated as needed.

One of the best parts about this type of individual care in a recovery center is that the resident has input in the process. They can express their needs at any point and know they will be heard. This is especially true when it comes to individual therapy, as it is essentially an unspooling of their personal history.

Activity Planning

Twilight Recovery Center is proud to say that we are not just about traditional therapies. In fact, due to our tropical location, we are able to offer a slew of activities and alternative therapies that can aid in the healing process. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Beach yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Meditation
  • Expressive art therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Scuba Diving

When people look at the full list of these activities, they will be able to choose the ones they like.

Our staff at Twilight Recovery Center will present each resident with a list of options and an explanation of what each one of them entails. Initial assessments will help the staff steer the conversation toward activities and alternative therapies the resident will not only enjoy but which will have the biggest impact on their recovery.

Setting Routines in Recovery

One of the best parts of being in an inpatient recovery program is that there is no need to think about the outside world. Recovery centers are self-contained environments where a person can focus on their care and build back their mental health.

A large part of this is creating a routine and sticking to it. This means having therapy at specific times, attending a group at other times, and attending meals at the assigned times. There will be other activities that will also be offered at certain times and in certain places. It is important for residents to understand the importance of sticking to pre-planned routines.

Each facility has its pulse, the things that make it work smoothly. When new residents are given their plan of care, they will also be given the rundown of the facility, the rules, and what is expected of them. This routine will help to reinforce the importance of following rules and taking charge of their day-to-day lives.

Post-Rehab Recovery

One of the best parts about a facility like Twilight Recovery Center is that there is an entire continuing care program that sets residents up for success post-treatment. This type of program can have a marked effect on how a person goes about the healing process when back in society.

The plan includes items such as:

  • The level of care required
  • Possible medication continuance
  • Living arrangements
  • List of recovery groups
  • Possible job/education opportunities

Medical professionals will review all these items and with those who will monitor the individual post-rehab, we create a plan. It will touch upon all of these points and create a blueprint similar to the one established upon entering recovery. The goal is to allow personal freedom while sticking to a set of specified daily, weekly, and monthly activities.

Twilight Recovery Center can provide this and any other items necessary to ensure individuals can function both in treatment and in the real world once they have completed our program.

The Right Path

There should be nothing disorganized about a recovery program. When a person enters Twilight Recovery Center, we give them a full assessment and organize and plan their days, even their hours, for optimal treatment outcomes. This includes their level of treatment, what activities they may want to engage in. At Twilight Recovery Center, we are proud to say that our program can keep our residents on the right path. Residents can be sure of a plan which they can follow toward success. Call (888) 414-818.

Reentering Recovery for a Relapse

Reentering Recovery for a Relapse

There can be a number of roadblocks for those going through recovery. For some people, staying at a treatment center may only be the first step. Also, a large percentage of people have a high risk of a relapse. Although it sounds awful, the fact that it is so common means that treatment centers are prepared to assist reentering recovery for a relapse.

When this happens, people need to realize that reentering society may be harder than they thought. However, they will receive a different level of care should they need to re-enter a program.

How Treatment Programs Work

When a person initially enters a treatment program, they undergo a detox process and a full assessment. This will determine their state of mind, what medical needs they have, and treatment options. It will also explore any trauma and what will happen once the individual leaves the facility.

A person will be in treatment for as long as necessary until they are deemed ready to reenter society. This may take thirty days, or it may take significantly more. It all depends on the individual and the extent of their needs.

What Is a Relapse?

When individuals reenter society and find that they cannot keep up with their recovery process and are instead drawn back into the grip of addiction, they are said to have relapsed. Over 40-60% of those in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) relapse. This is a fact that must be realized by individuals and their loved ones. Regardless of how it might sound, the fact remains that there is an obvious stigma behind it.

People who relapse often feel that they have failed themselves and those around them by succumbing to their addictions. However, addiction is something that exists in perpetuity. It never goes away and requires constant vigilance. Therefore, there are a number of reasons a relapse may happen.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Significant life change
  • Inability to feel comfortable
  • Pressure from others
  • Overwhelming desire for illicit substances

Regardless of the reason, when a person goes through a relapse they may feel that their treatment program failed them. However, in many cases, they have experienced changes that need to be addressed. This is why they will be encouraged to reenter treatment.

Second Time Around

When a person re-enters a treatment facility the process will remain largely the same, though the direction will often be different. The process will start with detox to make sure that the person is free of substances. This piece may take longer than previously as many people who relapse often begin using more than before. When this happens, there will be more in their system, and they may require extra medication and time depending on the situation.

Following detox, the individual will undergo a full assessment. Unlike the first time, this assessment will take in all factors relating to the relapse situation but also any previous assessments and treatments. This will allow the medical staff to review what they, or another facility, may have done and how they approached the individual the first time.

For people who have relapsed, it may be for a different reason than their original reason for taking illicit substances. If they have begun dealing with trauma or a dual diagnosis, the relapse may be environmental. Also, the continued analysis of their trauma may have sparked additional memories or pain that was too much to handle. Regardless of the reason, everything will be taken into account. This includes any concerns or questions the person has for the medical staff.

As the individual makes their way through the recovery process, it may seem very similar. Groups will concern themselves with the same topics and even the staff may seem to have the same approach. However, it is important to realize that they are making sure the individual is being handled differently. They want to make sure that people who relapse are cared for in a way that handles the shame and promotes healing.

Shame and Relapse

The concept of shame can play a large role in the relapse recovery process. Society looks at the concept of relapse as a direct failure by the individual. The overall opinion seems to be that if people really worked hard during the recovery process then there is no reason for them to go back to illicit substances.

This is categorically false. One of the problems with this pervasive mindset is that it negatively affects those who are on the verge of, or in the middle of, a relapse. This shame is unfounded and a person who has made the effort to go through recovery may feel bad or sad about what has happened, but the goal is to help them back on the horse and not push them further into their own issues.

How Twilight Recovery Center Can Help

At Twilight Recovery Center, we understand that when it comes to addiction, nothing is guaranteed. Because of this, we welcome back any former residents who have fallen into a relapse. It can be hard to admit that mistakes have been made, but we are not here to make people feel worse. We are here to find the missing pieces that will keep people sober and help people back on their feet. Whether a person comes to us initially or during a relapse, we are ready to help.

Relapses are a fact of addiction recovery. For those who go through a relapse, and for those who have gone through multiple, it can be hard to find the confidence to continue the process. However, it is a necessary part of healing. Therefore, at Twilight Recovery Center, we are committed to our residents and are ready to accept anyone that requires further treatment. Individuals who have been through our program must realize that a relapse does not mean failure, it simply means that they need to explore new avenues in their treatment process. At our facility, we are prepared to take individuals back through a modified program after a relapse. Call us today at (888) 414-8183.

Community in Recovery

Community in Recovery

Isolation is often a problem for people going through addiction. For these people, the road is lonely. The need to rely on themselves can be exhausting. That is why a solid community can begin putting people back on their feet.

People who feel they do not have a community may find one when they begin the rehabilitation process. The facility they choose should make this a cornerstone of their program. To make sure the individual is aware of its importance.

What Constitutes Community?

Community can mean different things to different people. It doesn’t matter what a person deems as their community as long as it is supportive and is there when the person needs a helping hand. In many cases, the community expects the individual to contribute in ways that make them feel comfortable. This back and forth can have a lasting impact on the individual.

The Role of Community in Recovery

For people going through recovery, it is important to know that there are people rooting for you to make it. When there are people who believe in you and your ability to overcome obstacles, you will start to believe in yourself.


One thing that is offered in a recovery program is a built-in community. The first piece of this group is the staff. They are there to help you with anything you need to get through the process. Programs want all of their residents to succeed. They are there to assist when things get tough, and people feel like they have reached their breaking point.

The other part of the community is other residents. They gravitate toward like-minded people which often means others in similar circumstances. For those with substance use disorder (SUD), this means other people recovering from SUD within the same program.

Group therapy sessions are meant to stir this environment to life. Although there is a moderator throughout these sessions, it is very much up to the group as to the advice they give, the ways in which they connect, and the subjects they cover. The goal is to establish the trust that has been missing from everyone’s lives and remind them what a community looks like.


It is important for people in treatment to realize that they have a social safety network once they leave treatment and continue in their recovery process. This may include:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Fellow individuals in recovery
  • Religious groups
  • Like-minded strangers

The fact is that people are supported in treatment by those around them and this mentality must be continued.

A Useful Member

Part of the joy of being part of a community, both during and after treatment, is giving back to that same community that has been helping the individual. Although many people need assistance when they enter treatment and as they transition into recovery, there is also something special about giving back.

When a person is in a facility, they are encouraged in group therapy to give advice and opinions based on their own experiences. What has been found to be true is that not only do people need to be helped, they need to feel helpful. When a person feels needed, they often feel they have something to offer others. This adds a sense of importance to their existence.

As people begin to reenter society they will continue attending group sessions, which will give them more opportunities to not only listen but contribute. During this time they will also be reintegrating into general society and interacting with people they may feel different from. This may happen with friends, strangers, and new coworkers. In these cases, it is important for others to give them reasons to feel useful.

Day-to-day responsibilities are a great way for people to feel like they are giving back and are not simply feeding off a group but are actually a part of it.

Community at Twilight Recovery Center

At Twilight Recovery Center, we are dedicated to assisting our residents with their journey toward reentering society. In many ways, the program is centered around the community we have built here at our beachside facility. People come to us in need and we provide our staff and recovery peers to assist them along the way.

One thing that we pride ourselves on is the transition from our recovery program back into the real world. Everyday life can be tough for newly sober individuals, and we make sure that a person is ready to make the leap before we even make a discharge plan. Part of this involves watching how they interact in group therapy. When a person begins to show interest in the welfare of others, begins talking due to encouragement, and can see themselves as a useful member, they are one step closer to completing treatment.

We also make sure that they have a plan for when they leave. This means understanding their safety network. This could be anything from family and friends to doctors or even which groups they will join when they get home.

Regardless of a person’s problems, we are ready to be their guide. Providing a stable community is just the beginning.

When a person enters a recovery center, it is important that they be given the treatment they require to get control over their addictions. A large part of this is finding a community of people ready to help them through whatever barriers may exist in the process. Many people suffering from addiction may believe that nobody cares for them. It seems that there is no community to back them up. However, Twilight Recovery Center is proud to offer not only a community within our walls but also the chance for residents to find their community post-treatment. Recovery is not an easy process and it is made harder when people try to do it alone. Learn more at (888) 414-8183.

Roots of Family Trauma

Roots of Family Trauma

Recovery centers often encourage people to reconnect with family. Many people turn away from their families as they fall deeper into their addictions. However, there are some people whose issues stem directly from family trauma and trauma caused by family members. When this is the case, they may need to turn to others for post-rehab support.

Roots of Family Trauma

For people going through recovery, one of the first things explored is trauma. Addiction often stems from trauma, and though it may come from a variety of places, it often stems from childhood.

When childhood trauma is identified, the actual roots may include the following:

  • Sexual trauma
  • Physical trauma
  • Emotional trauma

In some cases, it may be all three. Although this trauma may have started with an educator, bully, family friend, or even a stranger, it is more often than not a direct result of a family member.

This trauma will often cause a person to push certain family members aside and, in some cases, anyone that would have defended these people. Individuals are left with a lack of a support system that might have been effective in helping with their addiction issues.

Why Family Trauma Is Especially Painful

When a person is young, their primary means of support is their family. This means that when they want to share things like happiness, fear, worry, and more, they turn to those closest to them. Often, this means turning to:

  • Mother/father
  • Stepfather/stepmother
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents

Depending on the family situation, there may even be others that can be added to this list. However, the main thing to keep in mind is that no matter who the person is that these children turn to, they are seen as the most trustworthy.

When this person, or people, end up being the ones who inflict trauma, it has a lasting effect on trust and may cause individuals to seek solace elsewhere. Unfortunately, these people may only find temporary reprieve through illicit substances.

Family is often the one place our society tells people they can indeed be themselves. A place where there is no judgment and no fear of reprisals for who we are and what we do. We are taught that these people have our backs and will stand up for us even in the most painful times.

The problem is that the family paradigm has shifted in the past hundred years and has been shown to be completely false. Where people were once told that their families were their best option, it is now known that this may not be the case. People who have been traumatized by family to the point of resorting to addiction may feel they have nowhere else to go. This leaves them to either deal with their problems alone or to look past family to those they choose to associate with.

The Purpose of Chosen Family

People who are going through recovery need an anchor. They need to know that there are people waiting for them when they are finished with treatment and ready to reenter society. When a family cannot be there or cannot be trusted, these people must create their own chosen family.

A chosen family is a person or community that comes together to support an individual during difficult times. These are often friends that know the person better than anyone else. For those exiting rehabilitation, these people can offer assistance in a variety of ways:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Being a confidante
  • Taking the person to meetings
  • Helping with finances
  • Being a mentor

There are so many ways in which members of a chosen family can assist in the recovery process. It is important that the individual realize that they are supported.  f there are any further issues they have a group they can turn to.

How Twilight Recovery Center Helps

At Twilight Recovery Center we are focused on the care and rehabilitation of each individual that comes through our doors. It is our belief that although we can provide initial treatment, recovery is an ongoing process. There is no time limit on how long a person will deal with their addictions. We want to be sure that they have a group that supports them throughout the recovery process.

During our program

We will encourage individuals to determine these connections and understand that they are not a burden on these people. In fact, a chosen family can be as supportive, if not more so, than a typical family unit.

It is our goal to create the necessary connections that will place individuals on the road to a better life. This means that no matter who is waiting for them post-recovery, they are ready and willing to be there for the people they love.

Look for assistance

There are a variety of reasons for a person with family trauma to look elsewhere for assistance. When these people have turned to substance abuse, they will find that recovery can be quite difficult without someone there to help. That is when their chosen family comes into play. They are the ones an individual can count on in place of their typical family. At Twilight Recovery Center we are proud to be at the forefront of addiction treatment. We are well aware that family means different things to different people. That is why we encourage our residents to seek out the family that they trust and believe will be there for them. Call us today at (888) 414-8183.

How Denial Feeds Addiction

How Denial Feeds Addiction

People outside of substance abuse often view denial as a defiant and willful act. Though this may sometimes be the case, the roots often go deeper. For many people who struggle with addiction, something else likely came first. This may be the first piece they are denying. Often, the roots of denial lay in unresolved trauma.

The Effects on Self-Esteem

People living with denial may find that their self-esteem is continually the target of attack. Each time someone tells them they are doing something wrong or they begin to feel self-doubt, it can make them feel bad about themselves. This constant feeling of being put down will force resolve and push people further into denial.

Denial and Addiction

When a person is stuck in a denial loop, they end up without any means of exiting the orbit of addiction. The cycle cannot be broken without a clear acceptance of responsibility.

What people do not consider is that often, when an individual has unresolved trauma, their first instinct is to deny that something is wrong. This denial is actually a form of defense. By acting as though the trauma never existed, they can continue with their lives.

The problem arises when this continuation results in substance abuse and mental health disorders. When a person bottles up their feelings and, in some cases, their accountability, it does not go away. It simply festers and grows until they find themselves mired in a life that they cannot accept. They then turn to denial for self-preservation.

The way this eventually plays out is that the individual becomes trapped in their substance abuse. In fact, they may find that they require higher amounts just to hold back a building, inevitable emotional wave on the horizon. This feeling of impending doom may result in overdoses and/or increasingly erratic behavior.

Family and friends will begin to see these changes but may be unable to do anything to stop them. The denial will only get stronger and will work against the person by further pushing loved ones away. Anyone trying to help will be perceived as a threat, and that same misguided need for self-preservation will once again kick in.

When Denial Finally Breaks

Following an overdose or other major event, an addict will come to realize that they can no longer deny the presence of addiction. At that moment, they will need assistance more than ever. The people that love them, friends and family, can take this as an opportunity to intervene and have the individual placed in detox/rehab.

This sounds like an easy process, but denial has a way of sneaking back in. For some, there may be multiple breaks where the person once again circles the wagons in self-defense. When this happens, it can often lead to relapse.


There is always the possibility of relapse for people who have been through addiction and even through a rehab program. One thing that can lead to relapse is when someone thinks about going back to illicit substances.

Their first inclination may be to stick to their sobriety and continue to attend therapy and support meetings. However, depending on circumstances and needs, the urge to use may become too strong to avoid. For people who have preexisting addictions, even a small amount of use can be considered a relapse. The problem is that even a small amount is likely to lead to regular use.

One fundamental fact about relapse denial is a fear of being found out. Denial can come from the shame of feeling that they have made a huge, intractable error. They may believe that if they relapse, it means they will never be able to come back.

If you know someone who has denial about a relapse, it is important to show that you have not given up on them. Essentially, approach their denial differently than the first time around. With a relapse, the denial may be stronger because there is a new angle of shame. They may believe they have let themselves down. It may even feel that they’ve let others down as well. Perhaps their time in rehab was transformative, and they are angry at the world for letting this relapse happen.

When this denial is confronted, it should be met with kindness and understanding. The fact is that these people admitted to their problems and went through the rehab process. Sobriety is not an easy journey; those taking the first steps should be applauded for it.

Relapse denial is also about continued self-preservation. If someone can talk themselves into believing that there is no harm in a relapse, regardless of how destructive, they may talk themselves out of going back to rehab. This could be a dire decision. It is important to make sure they understand the possible consequences.

Twilight Recovery Center’s Promise

At Twilight Recovery Center, we understand the roots of denial. We also understand that people need support and attention to break through that denial and find their way to sobriety. Our program aims to help these people heal and become even better than they were before. In treatment, we access their trauma in a controlled environment, breaking through their denial and allowing them to self-actualize.

Twilight Recovery Center also acknowledges the high level of relapse among people with substance use disorders. We welcome these people back to continue the program from different angles and with new care plans. With our help and support, our residents will become better, more whole individuals.

When someone is unwilling to seek treatment, it is often due to denial. There is a denial of hurt, responsibility, and substance abuse. This can be difficult for family and friends that want the individual to seek help. Denial has deep roots in a person’s psyche and must be explored individually and in treatment. Twilight Recovery Center is prepared to discuss these emotions with those experiencing them. We can show them just how clear their problems are to everyone around them and why their negative behavior needs to change. For many, this can be the first hurdle on the road to recovery. For more information, contact Twilight Recovery Center at (888) 414-8183.

Role of Anxiety

Role of Anxiety In Substance Abuse

When a person has anxiety, they may find themselves persistently worrying about a variety of subjects. Often, there is a physical component as well, including rapid breathing, sweating, nausea, and even an elevated heart rate. It can arise at any moment and for any reason. For some, it is a lifelong struggle, while others experience a momentary flare-up in specific situations. Regardless of the reason, anxiety is a state that many people would rather not endure.

Roots in Trauma

People with substance abuse problems caused or exacerbated by anxiety will often find that it has its origins in trauma. This may be recent trauma, or it could be unresolved trauma from childhood.

Childhood trauma leads to anxiety for the simple reason that it causes individuals to be scared of certain people and situations. One of the problems is that when there is childhood trauma, the anxiety is so intense that people may not wish to confront it.

Discovering Dual Diagnosis

Those that do seek help may be given a dual diagnosis. This means that their diagnosis includes a mental disorder coupled with substance abuse. For people with unresolved anxiety issues, this can be a game-changer.

A dual diagnosis may mean that the individual qualifies for medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which can lessen the mental and physical side effects of anxiety. When this happens, it will free the person of oppressive and cyclical thoughts and allow space for healing.

This will also give them a chance to confront their substance abuse with a clear head. They may not be devoid of anxiety, but medication and consistent therapy will make it manageable.

A person who discovers that they have a dual diagnosis may only find this out after entering a treatment program. This may be the first time they encounter accurate medical and psychological assistance. For many people, this has kept them from exploring their trauma. This has resulted in a protracted amount of personal suffering, which in turn has led to more anxiety and substance abuse.

The dual diagnosis will often be the first time this individual will be given specific proof and solutions to their most prevalent issues.

Anxiety and Substance Abuse Recovery

When a person chooses to enter recovery they may experience a brief, yet frightening, level of anxiety. This will result from making the leap from denial to full acceptance of their issues. The medical staff understands that this is an anxiety-inducing situation and will do everything to make the person feel at ease.

For some, the detox process can be an excruciating ordeal. However, they must clear their systems of toxins before moving on to the next phase of treatment. During the detox process, these people will experience withdrawal. Part of this withdrawal will be an anxiety response. Unfortunately, this is a typical response to have during detox. Following detox, this anxiety will lessen and may be replaced based on what awaits them in the next phase of treatment.

Residents should be aware that anxiety during treatment is entirely normal. Though it may create initial fears, they will begin to fall away as the healing process begins. For many people, the anxiety will return every so often, but anxiety is a part of life. Recovery will teach people to cope with anxiety by confronting it and allowing it to have its time.

The goal of substance abuse recovery is to heal the whole person. Part of this is helping people regulate overwhelming emotions. Anxiety clearly falls into this category. However, when someone can find the courage to confront their past, confront their addictions, and enter treatment, they are showing the level of personal strength necessary to deal with anxiety.

Twilight Recovery Center and Anxiety Treatment

At Twilight Recovery Center, our staff is fully aware of the role anxiety plays in the substance abuse process. This means everything from childhood trauma to anxiety over leaving treatment.

Our program exists to take a person who feels broken and teach them methods to become whole. Each person has the necessary building blocks to find their balance. Twilight Recovery Center will give residents the tools and support to realize this.

In the end, independence takes strength. It is our job to show addicts that they have the power to help themselves through one of the most challenging parts of their lives. Substance abuse and childhood trauma may seem like the hardest things to go through. However, it takes a particular person and a unique program to help that person through the process of dealing with both trauma and addiction.

Twilight Recovery Center is ready to help every resident and show them that, in a luxury environment surrounded by tropical beauty, a person can learn peace, acceptance, and strength.

For people with substance use disorder, there is often a root cause of anxiety. This anxiety often originates in childhood trauma and, if left unresolved, may creep into other parts of a person’s life. When anxiety becomes too strong to handle, people may turn to illicit substances to self-regulate. The consequences of this domino effect are often devastating. Twilight Recovery Center understands the role of anxiety in addiction and is ready to help people confront it head-on. With qualified medical staff and small group therapy sessions, we have the resources to guide people through the rehab process in a safe, luxurious facility. To learn more about our program and what we offer, contact us at (888) 414-8183.

Why Guided Intervention Works

Why Guided Intervention Works

If a person cannot admit they have a substance abuse problem, it may fall to others to step in. When they do, this is called an intervention. At the time of intervention, people will come together to discuss the problem with the individual. There are a variety of reasons this may happen. However, they are often one of the following:

  • A danger to themselves
  • Unable to admit they have a problem
  • Causing problems at work
  • A danger to others
  • Unable to recognize their own problematic behaviors

In each of these cases, the persistence of the issue or issues has made it necessary for others to step in.

Why Is Intervention Important?

An individual who is unable to differentiate between normal and adverse behavior may require outside assistance. This can involve people at a variety of stages of life. However, when it comes to substance abuse, there may not only be an inability, but a refusal to admit issues.

The perception of self-control can be all that stands between a person and their ability to overcome their addictions. At this point, loved ones need to break down this final barrier and show the individual that they have lost all self-control. It can often be a difficult moment, but if done correctly, it will jumpstart the recovery process.

Who Benefits From Guided Intervention?

When people are nervous about organizing an intervention, it can easily fall apart. This may lead the individual to feel attacked or even shunned by the people who are trying to express love and concern. Often, a failed intervention can lead to even more issues and makes it harder to approach the person at a later date. This is why a guided intervention is beneficial.

A guided intervention involves bringing in a professional who is skilled at mediation. They will approach the intervention well in advance, allowing each person involved to discuss what they want to say and how they want to say it. The interventionist will make sure everyone’s thoughts are organized and that they are confident in their statements.

They will also ensure that each person has a chance to speak during the intervention. This may sound like a simple task. However, without someone to guide the intervention, it may devolve into a yelling match or unresolved silence.

The Road to Acceptance

Once a person accepts that they are on the wrong path and that they need assistance, the first step to recovery has been reached. However, the road to that point is fraught with possible dead-ends. It is important to remember that an intervention is not easy and that, without a guide, it may take several attempts to get to the point of true acceptance.

Intervention and the Road to Recovery

As the first step on the road to recovery, guided intervention comes at a pivotal moment. When an intervention works, it will start the dominos falling into place. A professional interventionist will make sure that you have the next steps mapped out. This will ensure that the person does not have any time to waste before entering a detox/rehab program.

If too much time is given, they may change their mind or become vindictive about being placed in treatment. In the end, some people will resist either way. These people will need to accept responsibility for treatment to work eventually. However, family and friends can feel confident that they have done all they can to facilitate the healing process.

How Twilight Recovery Center Can Help

When a family feels they are ready to put a loved one into a detox/rehab program, Twilight Recovery Center can help. We are ready to do all that we can to facilitate this transition.

For people with loved ones stuck in the grip of substance use disorder, finding the right facility can often be half the battle. There is a worry that the individual will be given sub-par care, that they may not have a good experience, and that if there are too many negative pieces, they may have a higher chance of relapse.

At Twilight Recovery Center

We provide a luxury rehab experience that will have lasting effects on your loved one. The care and attention we provide do more for our residents than any comparable program. Our beautiful beach location will instantly put our residents at ease, and the non-traditional therapies we provide, such as yoga and tai chi, serve to strengthen the whole person.

If you are ready for your loved one to enter a program but are unsure as to how to start the guided intervention process, It is our goal to point you in the right direction. Remember that this first step must be taken before someone is ready to come through our doors.

When this process is ready to go, we are ready to help. Contact Twilight Recovery Center, and your loved one will be in the best hands and well on the road to recovery.

When someone cannot admit to their substance abuse issues, family and friends may want to take action. However, the process may become muddled. That is why an intervention may be the best option. That being said, a typical intervention may place people at odds with one another. One person may be angry, while another is concerned but reserved. A guided intervention can be exponentially more helpful. Interventionists can add a level of focus to the proceedings and help organize everything beforehand. They will take the disparate pieces and form a controlled narrative that will apply directly to the individual. Twilight Recovery Center can show you how to accomplish this. Contact us at (888) 414-8183.

When Your Friends Are No Longer Your Friends

When Your Friends Are No Longer Your Friends

Often, when a person suffers from addiction, they are physically and mentally unable to avoid certain illicit substances. This has a snowball effect on many other corners of their life. They may begin to avoid friends and family, miss work, and generally fall away from society. It can be a terrible rabbit hole to fall down, and their suffering will exist as long as they avoid treatment.

Friends Who Enable

One of the hardest parts of addiction is the people that surround the individual with substance use disorder (SUD). For every friend and family member who is there to lend a helping hand, other enabling friends will pull the individual further into addiction.

These friends will often be fellow addicts whose problems mirror the individual’s. They may believe that their addictions are simply habits or may feel awkward about admitting they need others around. This feeling of inadequacy will eventually lead all of them to cling to one another due to having addiction in common and the fact that they have been ostracized by former friends and family.

At the time it may not feel like enabling. In fact, the individual may be just as enabling to these new friends. There exists a level of groupthink that will serve to continually keep the entire group mired in addiction until one of them finally breaks free of the cycle.

Fear of Losing Friends

If someone has lost the camaraderie of their true friends and family, they may believe two things:

  • They will never get them back
  • Their new friends in addiction are their only hope of connection

These two mindsets are incredibly detrimental to the healing process. The attachment to other people with SUD will create an unhealthy bond whose evaporation will feel like a looming threat. Fear of this possibility will leave the individual feeling nervous about being left with no friends and a thriving addiction.

People are social creatures and desire to be accepted. We look for connection in shared experience, even if that experience is unhealthy. To learn that these connections may be taken away can leave us vulnerable and afraid.

The Benefits of Leaving Friends for Treatment

Once a person realizes that their behavior is both unacceptable and dangerous, they may choose to enter a treatment program. Upon learning this, their new friends may deride them, accuse them of being selfish, and wonder aloud as to what could possibly be wrong with being around them.

These questions should serve to show the individual that they are mired in an unhealthy lifestyle. That the only way to get out of their rut is to abandon these enablers and take control through treatment.

Where Treatment Can Help

Many people look at recovery as focusing squarely on the addiction itself. However, the social aspect of the program is just as important. In fact, it is fair to say that the examination of one’s life before, during, and after treatment can be pivotal to recovery.

One of many things people will learn is that when they leave rehab, they must avoid the people and groups that led them astray in the first place. The program will explain to them that to move forward, one cannot allow themselves to fall backward. Relapse is a very real possibility for those struggling with addiction and treatment programs will do whatever they can to help avoid it.

Treatment will also help to carve out the social sections of your life and decide who needs to go. It will examine why these individuals have been a burden on your life and how, following treatment, you can learn to either confront or avoid them.

Establishing a Social Safety Net

A recovery program will help you to envision life after treatment. This will involve where you will live, what type of job you may want, and the people with whom you choose to surround yourself.

It is important that even before leaving recovery, you begin to reestablish your social safety net. This is the group of people you can rely on when things get bad. They are also the ones you can talk to when things are going well. The main goal of a social safety net is to make sure you are surrounding yourself with people that love and respect you.

Some people will say that they are strong enough to deal with those they were around before recovery. They may even say that they will not have a problem being around others with addictions because they themselves have been through treatment. This is a dangerous way to look at life post-recovery.

Your social safety net can include the following:

  • Non-addicted friends
  • Family
  • People in recovery
  • Spiritual leaders

It should not include:

  • Dealers
  • Current drug or alcohol users
  • Enablers

The goal of a post-recovery life is to do everything possible to avoid returning to rehab. Avoiding illicit substances is only a part of this. The rest is all about making sure you surround yourself with people who understand you, what you have been through, and how important sobriety is to you.

Social Interactions and Twilight Recovery Center

At Twilight Recovery Center, we will provide you with the best care possible. Part of that care will involve discussing the next steps and what they will entail. Often, the family will be involved in treatment and can be asked to assist if you so choose.

When considering Twilight Recovery Center, remember that it is important to consider life in a post-treatment world. Each day is another day in recovery and every one of those days is a day when you did not step backward.

When substance abuse becomes a problem, it may become clear that the people we surround ourselves with are not our friends. True friendship is not based on enabling or the sharing of detrimental experiences. That is why at Twilight Recovery Center, you will learn that you are better than your addiction and those who have helped to keep you in it. Personal responsibility is key, and taking that responsibility and remembering that others do not have control over your actions is the first step to building healthier relationships. Twilight Recovery Center will make sure to put you on the path to re-establishing healthy bonds with people who genuinely care for you. Call us today at (888) 414-8183.




Twilight Recovery Center

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





Farallon #9751, San Antonio del Mar, Baja California Mexico CP 22560


(1)888-414 81 83
+52 664 80 58 882 



Twilight Recovery Center

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



Farallon #9751, San Antonio del Mar, Baja California Mexico CP 22560


(1)888-414 81 83
+52 664 80 58 882 



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