Futures publishes content to provide perspectives on issues related to addiction and mental health. Topics generally include commentary on addiction research and studies, explanation of psychotherapies and treatment approaches, useful information for people in recovery and their loved ones, and other content of interest to people interested in maintaining good mental and physical health.
When addiction professionals ask clients what drug they are using, they frequently get more than one answer.
Parity Act Explained
Futures’ Utilization Director Kathy Piccirilli explains Parity Act and how it impact people’s mental health and substance use disorder insurance benefits.
A Servant's Heart
In this blog post, Futures Outreach Professional, Stephen Watts, reflects upon the importance of therapists developing a servant's heart and being fully present to form a strong and productive therapeutic alliance.
Clinical Outreach Professional John Egan shares his thoughts on a panel discussion at Moments of Change this year.
Alcohol Abuse Signs
Since alcohol is such a large part of our culture, it’s not always easy to identify when drinking has become a serious problem – one that requires treatment and abstinence.
Helping vs. Enabling
We see this scenario time and time again. Families think they’re helping a loved one with a substance use disorder when they’re actually making things worse.
Is Withdrawal Deadly?
The symptoms a person can experience during withdrawal vary depending on the substance being abused, and how much of and how often the substance is used.
What It’s Like to Attend Your First Meeting
Meetings are the foundation of ongoing recovery. Even though meetings can be remarkably helpful, the experience is a new one for people who have been steeped in substance abuse.
DBT Decoded: DEAR MAN
DEAR MAN can be thought of as a group of tactics that help you get what you want, whether you’re negotiating a promotion at work or saying no to a persuasive salesperson.
Breakups in Recovery: 10 Ways to Avoid Relapse
At any point in recovery, a breakup can cause a host of uncomfortable feelings, from insecurity and grief to depression to anger and any one of these can trigger the urge to drink or use drugs.
Signs of a High Functioning Alcoholic
Unlike most stereotypes that relate alcoholics with failure in their professional, financial, social, and emotional lives, the high functioning alcoholic does not portray any signs of failure.
Interventions and Family Mediation
An intervention is any process by which one individual or group of individuals intervene in the progress of a given situation. They can take place in a variety of settings - not just living rooms.
DBT Decoded: How to be Mindful
Many people struggling with a substance use disorder will find that their experience in treatment improves when they practice mindfulness.
Are You Self Medicating?
When the response to any difficult situation is to turn to drugs or alcohol, you may be self medicating. Unfortunately, self medicating can lead to substance abuse and, in time, addiction.
Creating An Addiction Recovery Plan After Rehab
After completing a treatment program, you may find yourself asking what to do next. A well thought-out plan can be the difference between starting a new, sober life and being set back by relapse.
DBT Decoded: Mindfulness “What Skills”
DBT Mindfulness Skills are broken into two categories – What Skills & How Skills. The What Skills - observe, describe, and participate - are acceptance-based.
5 Best Books on Addiction and Recovery
Books, movies, music, and various art forms can do wonders to inform what we know about addiction and recovery.
Exercise and Addiction Recovery: 7 Benefits
Individuals in recovery who engage in regular physical exercise can benefit from a reduction in stress, better sleep, increased energy, improved mood, and more.
DBT Decoded: The “Wise Mind” ACCEPTS
When using ACCEPTS, a DBT distress tolerance skillset, the immediate goal is to distract the mind just long enough to intervene in an emotional response to a stressful situation.
DBT Decoded: Validation
Within the teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), conscious validation is often called upon to help clients improve interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness skills.
DBT Decoded: Willingness vs. Willfulness
When examining the DBT concept of Willingness versus Willfulness, we see how DBT once again presents us with a pair of opposite forces at play within the mind.
DBT Decoded: Build Mastery
Building mastery is about setting a goal and working toward mastering the skills needed to achieve it. The goal could be lofty, but the act of improving our skills is itself an empowering achievement.