Recovery Tools

Nine Tips for Vacation while in Recovery

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Taking care of yourself is an important part of recovery and one of the ways that you can practice self- care is by going on a vacation. In the article below, Kelly lists nine tips to stay sober while on vacation. His tips include keeping an open line of communication with the people you are traveling with, talking to them about your triggers, and letting them know how they can provide you with support. In another tip, Kelly discusses the importance of scheduling fun while traveling. In other words, schedule things to do that will hold your interest and help you avoid boredom. Self-care is an integral part of recovery. Taking a vacation is one of the many ways you can practice self-care. So, whether you are traveling across the country or traveling closer to home, I hope you find these tips helpful.

Read the full article here.

Sara Saunders SAC-IT



Mindfulness & Addiction


Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction in his TED Talk. He explains the processes involved in habit formation and proposes a profound approach to removing the connection between thought and behavior through the use of mindfulness. Although Brewer utilizes smoking and eating as examples during his talk, the underlying mindfulness process is readily adaptable to all forms of addiction. Watch below!

Thomas N. Pfister, B.S.

Ten Keys to Recovery

This article, written by David Susman, discusses the ten keys to recovery and he identifies the ten keys as the following:

  1. finding hope
  2. asking for help
  3.  getting informed
  4. engaging in treatment
  5. seeking support
  6. developing a plan
  7.  taking action
  8. reconnecting with life
  9. sticking with recovery
  10.  helping others

Wherever you are in your journey of recovery, we here at West Grove Clinic, believe that there is hope in recovery and hope is exactly what we try to instill in our clients whether you are a participant in our Intensive Outpatient Program, our aftercare support group, or are seen individually we are here to help you along your journey to recovery.

Check out the full article here.


Sara Saunders, SAC-IT & Intern


Hari's Journey in Addiction

In the Ted Talk below, Johann Hari shares his personal journey, one that took him around the world, where he surveyed novel perspectives of factors that can influence the development of addiction, and provides examples of how addiction can be treated. Hari discusses the need for humans to bond and the way in which this can lead to the development of addiction. He also offers alternative means for treating addiction, through compassion, love, and understanding. 

Listen to Hari speak here.

Tom Pfister, Graduate Intern

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! 


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Individual receiving sound therapy.

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.


Read more here. 


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

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