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Wise-Mind-DBT
August 26th 2015

An Owner’s Guide to the Wise Mind

How do we make a good decision when we’re conflicted; unsure of what’s really best for us? Sometimes we don’t have enough information, experience or insight to make the best choice. And sometimes, we freeze up – for fear of making the wrong choice – and we abstain from making a decision, which is a […]

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August 20th 2015

DBT Decoded: Nonjudgmental Stance

Sometimes a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) mindfulness concept can sound so common, so ordinary, that you say, “Well of course that’s a good thing, so what’s the big deal?” It’s actually not a big deal, until one day it’s full significance hits you – you have an aha moment – and then it is a […]

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August 18th 2015

What I’ve Learned:  Christine Patton, LMHC, CAP, ICADC

At Futures, the role of a primary therapist is to work with clients to better understand the personal issues that fuel addictive behavior. In this role, you’d be hard-pressed to find a clinician with a deeper sense of purpose, interest and compassion than Christine Patton. These are her words. I believe that addiction is a […]

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August 11th 2015

DBT Decoded:  DEAR MAN

The beauty of DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) is that regardless of whether you’re recovering from the disease of addiction or you’re simply someone looking to improve your relationship with yourself and others – DBT skills are a perfect fit. Today’s topic, the Interpersonal Effectiveness acronym DEAR MAN, is an excellent example. DEAR MAN can be thought […]

Chuck Banner
August 6th 2015

Get to Know: Chuck Banner, RA/Facilitator

Talking to Chuck Banner is like having a conversation with your neighbor. Not the old guy who’s mad that your ball landed in his yard — Chuck is the really kindhearted neighbor who smiles often and is easy to talk to. That’s why Chuck, who has been flexing his kindness muscles with clients since January 2013, […]

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August 4th 2015

DBT Decoded: IMPROVE the moment

Learning to tolerate stress is a fundamental skill that anyone seeking to live in balance must master. No doubt, addiction to mind-numbing substances is a disease that’s fueled by an inability to handle stress in a healthy and productive manner. Thankfully, we have another DBT skillset to remind us of tactics to employ for distress tolerance […]

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July 31st 2015

Get to Know:  Joseph P. Favata, Executive Chef

At Futures, it’s clear from the moment you walk through the front door that our commitment to clients extends beyond the high quality evidence-based addiction treatment program. A primary goal shared by all members of staff is to support and comfort each individual, while he or she processes the realities of life in early recovery. Under the […]

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July 23rd 2015

DBT Decoded: Half Smile

Most of the tools that one takes away from DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) originate internally, helping to manifest desirable feelings and actions that work their way outward. In the case of the distress tolerance skills we’ve decoded recently, many are distraction-oriented, granting us time to calm down and ponder our reaction to stimuli rather than […]

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July 17th 2015

Jessie Rook Commits to Daytona 100

In January, Case Manager Jessie Rook ran the Miami Marathon, achieving her goal of completing a marathon. Less than two months later, she ran the LA Marathon in Southern California. November 7, 2015 Jessie will achieve another milestone when runs The Daytona 100 – a course that begins in Jacksonville and ends at Ponce Inlet […]

July 15th 2015

Keeping Track of Triggers: How to Stop Relapse Before It Starts

One of the primary questions that each patient will need to answer in detail before leaving treatment is: “What triggers your cravings for drugs or alcohol?” The more in-depth your answer and the better your ability to identify the potential issues that may cause you to want to drink or get high, the more effective […]

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