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The Two Dreams Difference

Our unique therapeutic approach combines the practice of holistic wellness with groundbreaking clinical research, and provides individuals with the tools for achieving both short-term and long-term recovery.

Our individualized staff to client ratio helps clients develop an interpersonal relationship with our staff as they provides guidance, offer support, and give individualized attention clients need as they are on their road to recovery.

In order to help individuals develop the future they deserve, Two Dreams treats the entire person as well as the disease of the addiction. We examine all areas of life to gain insight of the addiction in order to help prevent individuals from relapsing and establish and sustain mental peace, physical well-being, and personal productivity.

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Two Dreams Outer Banks

Luxury Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Our adult luxury residential addiction treatment center located in the recuperative setting of the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Here we encourage healthy habits by providing focused, ongoing therapy in an intimate, familial setting.

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Two Dreams Chicago

Outpatient Treatment and Psychiatric Services

Our adult and adolescent outpatient treatment center near the heart of downtown Chicago. Here we provide clinically intensive group therapy sessions, individual and family therapy sessions, psychiatric assessments, pretreatment readiness assessments, and Suboxone maintenance.

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Two Dreams New Orleans

Intensive Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Our adult outpatient treatment center in the historical Garden District of New Orleans, Louisana. Here we provide clinically intensive group therapy sessions, individual and family therapy sessions, and pretreatment readiness assessments.

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Our Programs

Our holistic wellness programs offer a therapeutic approach to help clients experience comfort and luxury treatment that focuses individually on his/her needs to help them on his/her road to recovery.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Our drug rehab program provides individualized, clinically-luxurious care for those seeking recovery from substance use disorders.

Co-Occurring Disorders

We specialize in treating secondary disorders such as trauma, depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, and co-dependency.

12-Step

We include a 12-step component into our seven dimensions of treatment and replace addictive mindsets with healthy, effective rituals based in group processing.

Sleep Hygiene Program

Our clinicians identify the cause of sleep disorders and introduce effective new habits to facilitate natural fatigue and healthy sleep.

Recreational Experiences

We expose clients to unique indoor and outdoor activities, such as yoga, kayaking, and hiking in order to build self-esteem and achieve personal growth throughout treatment.

Mindfulness

The aim of our mindfulness program is not relaxation or happiness, but freedom from the tendency to get drawn into automatic reactions, thoughts, feelings, and events.

Nutrition

We believe in helping our clients adopt a nutrition plan that is balanced in both quantity and content, and consists of moderate portions of natural foods.

Art Therapy

We work with clients to help them recognize and clarify feelings, traumatic moments, and barriers to recovery by promoting emotional expression and fostering creativity.

Finding treatment can be a life changing decision and often there are many steps towards recovery.

Our dedicated admissions staff is here to walk you through the process.
Please contact us anytime, day or night.

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About Dr. Andrea Barthwell

Andrea Grubb Barthwell, M.D., F.A.S.A.M., is the founder and CEO of Two Dreams. Dr. Barthwell is an internationally renowned physician that has been a pioneer in the field of addiction medicine within the American Addiction Society of Medicine (ASAM) and a contributor to the field of alcoholism and addiction treatment. She is a past president of ASAM, was awarded Fellow status, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Dr. Barthwell has been widely regarded by her peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” in addiction medicine. President George W. Bush nominated and the United States Senate confirmed her to serve as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from January 2002- July 2004.

Dr. Barthwell’s career has been as diverse and successful as the patients for whom she advocates. Her career has been comprised of a unique balance of research and practice, and reflects her steadfast commitment to merging scientific inquiry with the human side of addiction: Dr. Barthwell has combined involvement in governmental policy with community-based work in health-care organizations, as well as serving on a number of editorial boards of scientific journals and widely publishing her own research.

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Stay Motivated To Quit Smoking

40 million people in the United States smoke. Nearly half (16 million) of them are living with a smoking-related disease, and in the United States, about 1 in 5 deaths (480,000) occur every year as a result of cigarette smoking. The negative health effects of nicotine addiction are widely known, but only a small percentage quit. Every year, 7 out of 10 smokers want to stop smoking, but only 4 make the attempt to and even fewer succeed.

Smoking cessation is quite challenging; smokers often need to change their lives completely in order to quit the habit. They need to regularly see a counselor, find new ways to deal with stress, and remove negative influences that might encourage smoking. This could require eliminating contact with some friends or at least changing the people in their regular circle. It can be easy to lose motivation during the process of quitting. It is theorized that seeing frequent reminders of smoking cessation benefits may help smokers to reach their goal of quitting. If you are struggling with nicotine addiction, try writing down the reasons you want to quit (like one of the ones listed below) on your phone or computer background screen.

1. You Want To Feel Good

Within the first day of quitting, blood pressure will approach normal, healthy levels. Carbon monoxide buildup in the blood from smoking decreases, which allows the blood to carry more oxygen. This improvement in blood circulation leads to an increase in the temperature of the extremities, making people feel warmer.

Various compounds in cigarette smoke reduce the size of blood vessels and thus the flow of nutrients throughout the body. Quitting smoking allows for an improved nutrient influx to cells of the body, which can restore energy. After about one month without smoking, the increased oxygen and energy supply leaves a person better equipped to exercise.

2. You Want To Improve Your Appearance

Smoking causes saliva to dry up and leads to a reduction in the ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Smokers often have yellow teeth, bad breath, and poor gums. Stopping smoking is a great first step to improve your dental hygiene and make that smile beautiful again.

The skin of smokers often looks grey and wrinkled. This is caused by poor blood circulation and the reduced oxygen and nutrient supply. It only takes a few days of tobacco cessation to restore normal blood flow to the skin, which starts the healing process. Stopping smoking is the first step to acquiring vibrant, radiant skin.

3. You Want To Get Sick Less Often

Smoking leads to the build up of toxic chemicals and the destruction of cilia in the lungs. After one month without cigarette smoking, the function of the cilia returns, allowing for better clearance of objects out of the lungs, less phlegm formation, and less coughing. Less buildup in the lungs can also help a person breathe easier and increase oxygen intake.

Smokers are prone to having frequent respiratory infections, a phenomenon linked to the poor condition of the lungs. The restored action of the cilia after tobacco cessation improves the lungs’ ability to fight infections. Those who quit should notice that they get sick less often.

Smokers also have a decreased ability to heal their skin and fight off infections. This is caused by the reduction in blood circulation, which, in addition to supplying nutrients and oxygen, also supplies immune system cells and other factors. Restoration of blood flow after cessation improves the body’s ability to fight infections.

4. You Don’t Want To Worry About Serious Health Conditions

Smoking makes a person more prone to over 8 cancers (laryngeal, esophageal, lung, kidney, pancreatic, stomach, liver, bladder, cervical, etc.) as well as many other diseases like heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Quitting smoking can reduce these risks. For instance, just one day without smoking reduces a person’s risk for coronary artery disease and heart attack.

However, it usually takes longer to fully realize these benefits. After one year without smoking, a person’s risk for heart disease is decreased by half. And after 5 to 15 years, a person’s risk for stroke decreases to the same level as a nonsmoker. After not smoking for 10 years, lung function is fully restored, the risk for lung cancer decreases by half, and the risk for laryngeal cancer decreases by 60%.

5. You Want Financial Stablility

People who have stopped smoking for at least a year often report less financial stress and anxiety. This is likely due to fewer trips to the doctor and less money spent on cigarettes, but improved wealth due to better work productivity may also be a contributing factor.

Others Are Succeeding

Despite all of the challenges associated with nicotine addiction, people are still successful in quitting. In 2005, 20.9% of the U.S. population smoked, and in 2014 that number went down to 16.8%. If you’re a smoker, join the movement! Keep reminding yourself about the benefits. It can take as few as 6 weeks to become independent of nicotine addiction.

 

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/adult_data/cig_smoking/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20477249

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/cessation/quitting/

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/quit-smoking-timeline#1

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4224603/pdf/nihms589385.pdf

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