Blog Archive

Why We Use a Multimodal Approach to Treating ADHD Jun 18th, 2020

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can make it difficult or even impossible to pay attention, manage your time, and remember ordinary responsibilities. It can also make you feel restless when you should be calm, talkative when you should be quiet, or impulsive when you should be cautious.  ADHD symptoms emerge early in...

The Toll Depression Takes on Your Mental and Physical Health Mar 30th, 2020

As the leading cause of mental illness across the globe, depression affects tens of millions of people in the United States — and hundreds of millions of people around the world — at any given time. Depressive disorders are so common, in fact, that one in six Americans can expect...

What to Do When Your Anxiety Becomes Debilitating Feb 12th, 2020

Anxiety is an intrinsic human emotion that everyone experiences occasionally — even people who are usually calm, cool, and collected know what it’s like to feel anxious, nervous, or worried in stressful or unpredictable situations that take them out of their comfort zone. But for about 40 million adults in...

Could Childhood Trauma be the Cause of Your Adult Depression? Jan 23rd, 2020

The relationship between childhood trauma and adult depression is one that mental health experts have researched for years. And ample evidence points toward a clear connection. At EXIS Recovery Inc, our team of highly trained trauma specialists and mental health providers understands the many factors that can contribute to adult...

Why Outpatient Treatment? Jan 15th, 2020

Outpatient therapy is a very effective alternative to residential treatment for individuals who do not require 24/7 support. It is also the supportive structure that helps clients transition from a residential treatment facility into society, through a daily healing routine. Typically, this transition is marked by frequent emotional or physical triggers,...

How to Help a Co-Worker or Employee with a Substance Abuse Problem Oct 8th, 2019

by Dr. Elena Bagourdi Have you ever suspected that a co-worker or employee in your company may be a functioning alcoholic or drug user? Perhaps you are concerned about a co-worker who’s showing an unusual decline in productivity or a pattern of erratic behavior as he or she progresses to...

6 Ways to Stay Sober When the Going Gets Rough Oct 8th, 2019

by Dr. Elena Bagourdi   It’s hard enough to stay sober when life is on an even keel. But in stressful or triggering moments, the difficulty goes to a whole different level. Staying sober in those moments can be a big challenge. With solid support, commitment and some good coping...

The Key Differences Between Outpatient and Inpatient Programs Oct 8th, 2019

by Dr. Elena Bagourdi The information you encounter when deciding which program will provide you or a loved one the best path to recovery from substance abuse can easily feel overwhelming. But it’s crucially important to know the differences between models of care in treatment facilities. Whether they are specifically geared toward...

How to Choose the Right Addiction Recovery Center Oct 8th, 2019

by Elena Bagourdi, PhD    If you or a loved one are struggling with a substance abuse problem, you might not know where to turn even if you know that you need help. Deciding to seek substance abuse counseling is an important first step on the path to recovery, but...

10 Questions to Ask When Deciding on a Treatment Center Oct 7th, 2019

by Dr. Elena Bagourdi   Looking for an addiction treatment center or rehab facility can be overwhelming. Approaches can range from highly medical programs to quick “miracle cures” like Ibogaine or electroconvulsive therapy. Some treatment practices might be out of the question for you. Others might seem appealing at first glance, but may not...

Why Dual Diagnosis Treatment is Critical for Recovery Oct 2nd, 2019

by Claudia Copeland, PhD   The term “dual diagnosis” refers to two diagnosed disorders: a substance abuse disorder and a mental health disorder. The very term, though, is a bit of a misnomer. Do patients with a fever and an influenza virus infection have two different illnesses? And would you...

Sobriety Is Not A Spectator Sport Jan 31st, 2019

We all understand that addiction is a losing game while you’re in it, but it doesn’t have to continue to feel like a loss during recovery. Sobriety can often seem like walking a one-man tightrope but if you play it just right, you can make it a team sport instead....

The Key to an Effective Treatment Plan Nov 7th, 2018

Any treatment plan that addresses the mind, but neglects the body and soul, is incomplete. A true holistic treatment plan addresses all three areas. It treats the complete human being. Practices such as yoga and meditation, and therapies like equine, and surf therapy have proven results when it comes to...

How Addiction Affects the Entire Family Nov 7th, 2018

How Addiction Affects the Entire Family   “I was the only one who suffered the consequences of my drinking.” “I never hurt anyone else while I was using.” These are phrases that are uttered in treatment centers all across the world. The strongest misconception individuals in active addiction have is...

Does Your Loved One Need a Treatment Program? Nov 7th, 2018

Few people care to admit that drugs and alcohol have impacted their life in such a way that treatment is necessary. But in reality, the decision to choose to do something about your problem is not only brave and admirable; it might save your life, or the life of someone...

What Is Dual Diagnosis? What Does This Refer to in a Treatment Program? Nov 7th, 2018

Dual diagnosis means the presence of both mental illness and substance abuse in an individual. Dual diagnosis can be a particularly challenging condition due to the fact that persons suffering from mental illness tend to abuse substances in order to self medicate. Mental illnesses may result from chemical imbalances in...

What is Addiction: The Negative Impact on Your Life Nov 7th, 2018

Drugs and alcohol are no respecters of class, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. They affect people from all walks of life, and the pattern of addiction can develop in anyone's life. Addiction is a learned coping behavior that we pick up along the way. Every human being responds to stressful...

Interview with the Clinical Director of EXIS, Dr. Elena Bagourdi Ph.D Jul 20th, 2018

Tell us about EXIS:   EXIS is a dual diagnosis, treatment center that specializes in treating mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, as well as trauma and addictions issues. We utilize a holistic model that combines both eastern and western practices, from acupuncture, acupressure, mindfulness practices, including mediation...

When Procrastination Keeps You from Recovery Feb 17th, 2018

Are you stalling? Unhinged by all of life’s little distractions and cannot seem to get ahead? Are you wanting to get sober but thinking not yet, another day, if and when, and later, maybe one day?  Knowing that there are steps to take but intimidated that once started one must...

Heavily Meditated: A Mindfulness Addiction that's Free Nov 13th, 2017

Meditation isn't something we usually jump for joy about. The idea of sitting still with our inner thoughts, is not only something we are not typically taught in school, but it can be a real challenge, and intimidating to say the least. That said, studies do show that once an...

Addiction: Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Life Oct 23rd, 2017

We've heard it time and time again. Our thoughts and fundamental belief systems create our ultimate reality. Thoughts become things. Believing in something is exactly what it sounds like; Our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, internal awareness, all shape our perceptions of the world around us. The law of attraction says that...

Empowered or Powerless: The Importance of Perspective in Recovery Oct 17th, 2017

For about a century addiction has been seen as a disease within the neurological pathways of the brain.Since the 1950s organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have been embracing this disease concept. They even refer to alcohol sensitivity as a “physiological weakness” and/or “allergy”. This concept not only...

Learning How to Say YES, and When to Say NO! Oct 17th, 2017

Just say No! Isn't that the general rule? We've heard time and time again. Well I'vethought long and hard about it and I'm here to suggest an addendum to the timelessstatement made famous by the late Nancy Reagan herself. It isn't enough just to say no todrugs, alcohol, and the...

Final rule expanding access to medication-assisted treatment Jul 21st, 2016

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) detailed several new actions that we are taking to address the country’s opioid crisis. One of these actions was publishing the final rule to increase the patient limit for practitioners prescribing buprenorphine. This rule aims to improve access to...