Published on Monday, 29 May 2017

Abstaining from alcohol

Dream Journal

Andrea Barthwell MDNote From Dr B.

Abstinence is critical for recovery. The individual who’s been using alcohol or drugs or other devices has to stop and return the body to as near-as-makes-no-difference-to-normal state in order to start the process of recovery. However, just taking the drugs out of your system doesn’t give you recovery; it gives you an opportunity to step back and then put together a life that one can lead in recovery.

This dimension is very critical and it can be done in a way where the individual goes through detoxification or maybe on medication-assisted reductions to what they’ve been taking or even medication-assisted recovery if necessary. Somehow, though, we have to be able to clear the mind and stop the cycle of using and recovering from the use in order to have the energy to engage in the recovery process.

It is also important to note that abstinence not only means abstaining from drugs and alcohol, but dysfunctional elements in life as well. For example, individuals in recovery should abstain from negative thoughts, codependent behaviors, self-defeating communication styles, and other individual issues that hold them back from achieving mental peace, physical well-being, and personal productivity.

We insist upon abstinence here at Two Dreams and encourage graduates of our program to continue abstaining throughout their long-term recovery as well.


Dr. B

Published on Friday, 26 May 2017

Pregnant Women

Researchers have recently discovered that fetal alcohol exposure reduces responsiveness to the commonly bitter and burning taste of alcohol. This suggests that individuals exposed to alcohol before birth may find alcohol more appealing than their peers with more responsive gustatory systems.

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Published on Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Teens Sitting

Canadian researchers have found that high school students who used alcohol or marijuana were less likely to achieve academic success, as determined by class attendance, assignment completion, grade point average, and motivation. Longitudinal data indicated that those students who stopped using or decreased frequency of use were more likely to pursue higher education.

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Published on Monday, 22 May 2017

Pills in Hand

Oxycodone and Hydrocodone are both opioid pain relievers. Opioids are a class of chemically related drugs that interact with opioid receptors in the nervous system throughout the body.

This drug class includes both legal substances, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl, and illegal substances, such as heroin. The interaction between opioids and their designated receptors causes pain relief and euphoria, and this combination results in a high abuse potential. Oxycodone and hydrocodone are both very potent and therefore typically prescribed for moderate to severe pain.

Published on Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Researchers have been examining gut microbiota to figure out how it contributes to human health for a while now.

In fact, gut composition has already been linked to various health conditions, such as depression, allergies, obesity, and inflammatory bowel diseases.

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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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