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Dream Journal

VOLUME XX / AUG 2014


Two Dreams is a wellness program led by Andrea G. Barthwell, MD, FASAM that provides individualized care for those who dream of recovering a healthy lifestyle.

NOTE FROM DR. B.

Dr Andrea Barthwell MD

As summer is coming to a close, the school year is beginning, and schedules are quickly filling up with new responsibilities, take a moment to consider how you can be generous this month.

Two Dreams is partnering with Caron Treatment Centers for a wonderful series of CEU training and catered networking luncheons, and we are pleased to announce that our next networking event is taking place on September 17th at the Florentine Restaurant in Chicago.

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Dream Journal

VOLUME VIII / AUG 2013


Two Dreams is a wellness program led by Andrea G. Barthwell, MD, FASAM that provides individualized care for those who dream of recovering a healthy lifestyle.

NOTE FROM DR. B.

Dr Andrea Barthwell MD

On August 1, 2013, Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing the approved use of "medical" marijuana. This unfortunate news will likely worsen highway safety, increase substance abuse treatment demand, increase workplace costs as productivity decreases, and threaten community safety near the new dispensaries.

It is due to the implications of this bill that I feel so strongly about my project, The Parents Academy. The point of the Parents Academy is to put the power back into the hands of the parents, and provide them with the resources necessary to help them guide their children through young adulthood and learn how to help them grow into successful, healthy adults.

We must actively work to provide a safe environment for our children, and the Parents Academy is a way for us to establish a shielded setting for our children regardless of what laws are passed outside of our household.

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Dream Journal

VOLUME VII / JULY 2013


Two Dreams is a wellness program led by Andrea G. Barthwell, MD, FASAM that provides individualized care for those who dream of recovering a healthy lifestyle.

GUEST COLUMNIST

Chris Schroeder

We also admit that, "Our lives having become unmanageable". There are two distinct types of unmanageability we experience: outward and inward. We all experience the outward effects of our behavior. If we drink we can get DUIs and suffer through hangovers; if we over-eat, we gain weight; if we gamble we lose money we need. These effects cause setbacks, and hurt the ones we love the most. We fail to live up to what we believe is our potential. These feelings dominate our spiritual and emotional condition and leave us with little hope of any true happiness. And any happiness we do find is usually related to using something or someone to get an artificial, temporary sense of elation. We refer to this state of unmanageability as "life on life’s terms" or "just the way things are". You come to believe there is no other way. How could you compare a recovered perspective with your current condition if all you have experienced is a path of addiction? You only really come to understand how sick you have become after you have begun to experience recovery. Many who continue to consistently practice spiritual recovery principles can say that every year they engage in recovery disciplines, quality of life dramatically improves. Year 25 in recovery is significantly better than year 24 if there is consistency in the application of the 12 step program.

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Why and How We Live Rhythmically at Two Dreams

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken

- Samuel Johnson

Every living organism has a natural rhythm. These rhythms are disrupted by illness, particularly drug and alcohol use. A drug can create false sleep. A drug can stimulate alertness. A drug can suppress appetite. Another can stimulate appetite.

The science behind living rhythmically, strategies that promote and restore natural rhythms, and the role of sleep, nutrition, meditation, and exercise in the 21st century approach to healing oneself in recovery are all important aspects of your journey at Two Dreams.

At Two Dreams the concept of living in the NOW (No Other Way) is central to living a life in recovery. Similarly, mindfulness is a state of active, open, non-judgmental attention on the present. Many treatment programs and practitioners are employing mindfulness in the care and management of patients with mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders- diseases and symptoms which tend to cluster together.

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