Published on Monday, 01 May 2017


Dream Journal

Andrea Barthwell MDNote From Dr B.

I created the "3-7-3" philosophy as part of my commitment to holistic, evidence-based treatment that is both all-inclusive and highly effective. Patients are required to examine their progress introspectively throughout their stay at Two Dreams and spend every day working to complete the three phases of treatment via our seven dimensions of treatment. When both the patient and the staff feel that the individual has achieved the three main outcomes of recovery, mental peace, physical wellbeing, and personal productivity, they are ready to transition out of our facility.

The first few editions of the Dream Journal this year are going to focus on the first "3" of the "3-7-3" philosophy, a number that represents the three phases of treatment at Two Dreams. The three phases are a naturally occurring progression; they are not time limited, and clients can transition in and out of them depending on several clinical factors. The third phase, and the subject of this edition of the Dream Journal, is the "Looking Out Phase."


Stretching in the morning


The Looking Out Phase, as the name suggests, is all about looking outward and meditating on a future in long-term recovery. Patients in this phase have all the tools they need from treatment and may begin making decisions about where to go and what to do after Two Dreams. They make a plan to continue building on the gains they made while in primary treatment, including working on managing cravings, managing relationships, and reintegrating into their next living environment. This phase provides a supportive environment in which to practice newly gained skills and outlooks. Our professional staff continues to guide clients by encouraging them to utilize their strengths and the positive attributes revealed to them during their stay at Two Dreams.

Please call us today at 504-510-2331 for more information about the Looking Out Phase or our treatment program in general. We look forward to speaking with you.


Dr. B

Published on Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Caring Hand

If you (or a loved one) are struggling with addiction, you may need professional help to succeed in recovery. When you look around online you’ll see a number of different types of professionals who work in the addiction treatment field.

Many of them appear to have overlapping job descriptions, and it’s often hard to tell which one you should be approaching at your particular stage of recovery.

Published on Monday, 24 April 2017

Empty Glass

New research has shown that alcoholism may affect women differently than men. Specifically, the affected reward system brain structures are larger in alcoholic women which has been correlated with a shorter length of sobriety.

If you are a loved one are struggling with alcohol use disorder, call us today at 504-510-2331 and read more about the effects of gender on alcoholism here:

Published on Friday, 21 April 2017


Stress has a tendency to induce relapse, especially in individuals with cocaine use disorder. Researchers, however, have discovered a way to alter a molecular neural pathway in order to turn the relapse switch back off after stress turns it on.


For more information, click here or call us at 504-510-2331.

Published on Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Parent and Child

When a relative is struggling with addiction, everyone in the family can be affected; this is why we say addiction is a family disease.

The person addicted to drugs often develops financial, emotional, or psychological problems and becomes unreliable, causing others to have to fill in for and perform their responsibilities. This increases the stress of all people involved and can cause resentment and distrust.

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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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