Published on Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Friends spending sober time together

Coming out of rehab can sometimes feel a bit frightening, as you begin a new journey navigating life sober.

You may be dealing with some anxiety over facing life without leaning on any substances to cope. Rest assured that such anxiety is quite normal among those who are leaving rehab, but good news is that you don’t have to navigate life alone.

As you probably know, addiction impacts more than just the addict. Families and friends oftentimes get the brunt of the addict’s behaviors, and this doesn’t always go over well. In fact, many bridges are burned throughout the addict’s using days.

However, heading off to rehab to get sober or clean offers you a new lease on life, as well as a chance to think about reconnecting with some of those old friends. Maybe you’ve lost touch with your old friends’ due to your addiction. Or perhaps you said or did something that caused them to stop communicating with you. Either way, there’s fresh opportunity to reach out to your old friends and begin building a healthy bridge.

Published on Monday, 31 July 2017

Professional guidance and support from caring staff

Dream Journal

Andrea Barthwell MDNote From Dr B.

People aren’t expected to recover from a life-threatening illness without care and we use the dimension of professional guidance to represent how we help an individual do the things that are necessary to recover. That professional guidance during the first phase might be helping them to get up in the morning to re-establish their circadian rhythms. Later on, it’s an individual therapy where they can delve deeply into emotional hurts that they’ve experienced about their life and share them with another person, sometimes for the first time in their lives, or it could be in having someone just direct you to a particular app that’s going to allow you to celebrate the days that you have in recovery.

Professional guidance is extremely important because individuals who can get sober in AA alone did. They’re not in treatment, and those are individuals who need some professional assistance to help decide what elements to put together and what specific way they need to approach treatment in order to recover. Our staff is passionate, caring, and dedicated to helping others achieve the best outcomes possible.


Dr. B

Published on Friday, 07 July 2017


The Research Society on Alcoholism has recently found evidence that alcohol causes cells to age at an expedited rate. Specifically, they found that individuals with alcohol use disorder has shortened telomere lengths in their cells. This suggests that the more alcohol individuals consume, the more at risk they are for age-related ailments such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and others.

If you are struggling with alcohol use, please call us today at 504-510-2331.

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Published on Friday, 30 June 2017

Peer support is offered in an addiction group therapy setting

Dream Journal

Andrea Barthwell MDNote From Dr B.

Peer support is probably the most important thing that you can experience in treatment and it’s experienced in different ways depending upon the phase that you’re in in treatment. Coming into treatment, you look around and you see that other people have the same kind of problems that you’ve had and you learn to identify and understand that you’re not unique in what you’re feeling or what you’ve gone through to get here. You also see people who are a little further along in treatment than you are who are doing better than you could have ever imagined for yourself. You begin to want what they have and you become hopeful that it’s possible.

Peer groups also provide a form of support and understanding. They are a way in which people express their love for others in their humanity. They are a way to identify. They are a way to stay accountable. Additionally, people who have gone through what you’ve gone through understand what you’re experiencing and when you may talk about something that’s happened in your past but minimize the impact or change the way in which you describe a situation, somebody who has actually experienced that situation may be able to help you find a deeper truth in your story-telling.

Peers are extremely important in the program and being able to feel free enough to experience and love another person for who they are is one of the first things that we can do to heal ourselves.


Dr. B

Published on Thursday, 29 June 2017

A woman with chronic pain

Women are more likely to have chronic pain, receive a prescription for opioids, and stay on higher doses of opioids for longer periods than men. As Two Dreams founder and CEO Andrea Barthwell, MD, DFASAM points out, "there are real biological differences in the way in which we handle these chemicals."

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Light regulates circadian rhythms

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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