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Dream Journal

VOLUME X / OCT 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

This month is a busy one for us! I will be speaking to parents at two different locations in Illinois about the new – of marijuana and the impact this will have on their youth. We also are proud to announce our first Quarterly Training Event on October 31st, sponsored by Caron Treatment Centers and hosted by Two Dreams.

Dream Journal

VOLUME X / OCT 2013

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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

This month is a busy one for us! I will be speaking to parents at two different locations in Illinois about the new – of marijuana and the impact this will have on their youth. We also are proud to announce our first Quarterly Training Event on October 31st, sponsored by Caron Treatment Centers and hosted by Two Dreams.

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STEP OF THE MONTH

Continuing the beautiful change we see in ourselves is a very difficult task. This requires patience and diligence, as change cannot be instantaneous—it must be progressive and continuous. This requires us to be introspective; to admit when we are at fault and to correct our wrongs. By becoming more self-reflective, we become capable of recognizing patterns we may have, and will be more apt to apologize quickly for our wrongs. Rather than guarding our pride and stubbornness, we begin to recognize when we have hurt someone, and put their feelings before our egos.

This is how we continue to replenish our cycle of change; this is the momentum to building our characters once again. Through this active character rebuilding, it becomes possible to see our true character in the light of selflessness. As we did in Step 5, we admitted our wrongs to another human being. Now it is our turn to keep track or the wrongs we have made, and hold ourselves fully accountable for our actions.


NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Cannabis Causing Strokes in Young People, Medic Says

Cannabis causing strokes in young people, Irish medic saysIn an article published by The Irish Times, cannabis continues to pose a threat to users, particularly young people. Professor Joseph Harbison, a consultant stroke physician, says "There is a level of concern that there is an association with particularly heavy users. We are seeing people coming in with strokes where we cannot find any cause but their cannabis use. This case and the other case leads you to think that there is a direct organic effect to it."

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Lethal Flesh-Eating Street Drug Spreads to Illinois

Called "the most horrible drug in the world", the drug ‘Krokidil’ has surfaced in Joliet, Illinois. Also known as desomorphine, this cheap heroin knockoff from Russia is known to cause such extreme gangrene and abscesses that a user’s muscles, tendons and bones can become exposed. The average life expectancy for a krokidil addict is less than two years.

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COMMUNITY

Learn more about our upcoming Quarterly Training Event.

THE 3P’S

mental peace – physical well-being – personal productivity

As a part of their seasonal outreach series, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has released a series of Halloween-themed photo messages to help dissuade risky drinking for the upcoming holiday. These light-hearted social media messages can be embedded into your website and shared as photos to convey the seriousness of drinking dangerously at Halloween.

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Check out these easy to make and delightfully spooky treats.

A great resource of downloadable templates that are easy to carve, and easy to enjoy with your family!

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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

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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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