Spring into Wellness



Last weekend, West Grove Clinic, participated in Free Spirit School's "Spring into Wellness" event along with other local practitioners, health care specialists, and holistic health care individuals. Spring into Wellness offered participants an opportunity for self-exploration of the mind, body, and spirit. Many thanks to the Free Spirit School for hosting this enlightening experience, and allowing so many like-minded individuals to connect and grow together! 


Individual receiving sound therapy.

Individual receiving sound therapy.

Healing in Nature


If you have ever been camping, sat around a bonfire, or even taken a moment to enjoy a park, then you have felt the power that nature may stir inside all of us. In this article, Sam Louie discusses his use of nature in healing therapy. Louie believes being in nature and having contact with wildlife without the distractions of cell phones or even speaking can be a great tool in the healing process. We are so used to having a multitude of accessories at our fingertips, but if we strip these distractions away, and instead sit in silence and solitude within nature, we may experience deep, meaningful and even spiritual moments within ourselves.

For a more in-depth look at Louie’s therapy techniques and how they utilize the power of nature, click the link below. Enjoy!

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Molly Schmidt, SAC-IT

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Relapse & Momentary Perspectives

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There are two thoughts often preceding a relapse - it's a special occasion or this is the last time. Both sentiments come from what Dr. Shahram Heshmat calls a "momentary perspective."  This perspective favors immediate gratification over the long term satisfaction that comes from a "big picture perspective." The major takeaway is realizing that while one relapse may not cause a great deal of harm there will absolutely be damage from the repeated pattern.


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Addiction from a Loved One’s Point of View

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There is nothing more painful than seeing someone you love, suffer from the disease of addiction.  It can be overwhelming.  Not only do you feel the need to help them, you forget to help yourself.  Understanding the disease of addiction, can help you to deal with the journey of recovery. Listed in the attached article, you will find information that will help you to understand the realities of addiction and how to cope.  There is hope.

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Jean H. Moral, SAC-IT

Inside the Brain

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West Grove Clinic staff discovered a unique website founded by Paul Henry, a researcher of the neuropsychology of addictive behaviors, who is also a recovering addict. The site features a collection of articles discussing what the creator and his writing team believe about addictive behavior, neurobiology, and the relationship of stress/emotional regulation to addiction. The site offers information and support to both people experiencing addiction, and those who simply wish to learn more about the addiction.

Click below to check it out:

Inside the Brain

Happy reading!


Meditation, Yoga, & Acupuncture in Recovery

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What do meditation, yoga, and acupuncture have to do with recovering from addiction? They have a lot to do with the recovery process. According to Taite and other researchers, regular meditation has an impact on the brain, yoga has many mental health benefits and can help your overall well-being, and acupuncture can help balance the energy in your body. Here at West Grove Clinic, we take a holistic approach to treating addiction. We not only integrate things like meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and other forms of holistic treatment into our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), but we also have a variety of clinicians who specialize in a holistic treatment modalities.

Check out the link below to learn more about how holistic treatment relates to recovery. Enjoy!

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Sara Saunders BA, SAC-IT

Spirituality, Religion, & Addiction

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Is spirituality the same as religion? And what does spirituality have to do with addiction? Religion and spirituality are different. Spirituality is a path taken to discover who we are and what our life is about. This knowledge can be used to guide individuals in their recovery from addiction. Spirituality leads to our moral compass, our values and beliefs about ourselves, and even our perspective on ourselves and others. We don’t have to be religious to be spiritual. Spirituality can be an important aspect of recovery from addiction. Look at the article below on spirituality and addiction to get more information.

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By: Jean H. Moral, SAC-IT

Exercise & Recovery

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Most of us are aware that eating, sleeping, and connecting with others are basic human needs. What is not necessarily common knowledge being how addiction steps in and places itself first in the brain’s list of survival needs. The process of allowing the brain to heal and relearn its true survival needs can be aided through a routine exercise practice. Use the link below to learn more about how consistent exercise fosters a healthy hippocampus, and how this positively impacts recovery.

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By: Caitlyn Hummel, SAC-IT

Women & Addiction

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Men are from Mars women are from Venus, right? Well, when it comes to addiction recovery that shoe fits. According to Brenda Iliff, “2.7 million women in the United States abuse drugs or alcohol.” Many women don’t get treatment because they don’t want to lose their kids or be separated from their family, or they may view their use as being a social habit. If you have ever felt like this then don’t worry, you’re not alone! According to Iliff, “women start using for different reasons, get addicted differently, progress faster, recovery differently and relapse for different issues.” There also is more of a stigma and more shame when it comes to women and substance abuse. Women even metabolize alcohol and drugs differently than men. There’s hope, Iliff says that recovery is natural for women. Women are wired for connection and relationships, so women may find support groups like 12 steps or other peer support groups helpful because they give women an opportunity to build and recover within the context of relationships. Check out the link for information on the difference between men and women when it comes to recovery! Copy and past this link to read the full article:


Sara Saunders BA, SAC-IT

Anxiety & Substance Use Disorders

girl in storm

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety in their life at some point. However, individuals with substance use disorders (alcohol or other drugs) are 2-3 times more likely to also suffer from anxiety disorders. But which comes first? Often, alcohol and other drugs are used to “self-medicate” for anxiety. On the other hand, anxiety disorders can be a result of the use of alcohol or other drugs. The attached article from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, addresses this relationship in addition to the most effective treatment options for these two co-occurring disorders. Copy and past this link to read the full article to see how this practice can be used:


By: Jean Moral, SAC-IT