The Overdose Crisis in the United States: Part I Fentanyl

There is a crisis going on in the United States. We’re not talking about COVID-19 either, though the pandemic has certainly played a part. The crisis that we’re speaking of here is this: According to provisional data published by the CDC, 100,306 people died from drug overdoses in the months between April 2020 and April […]

Getting to Know Dr. Lee Spencer

Dr. Lee Spencer is a psychiatrist working in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine, completed his psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins University, and completed a 1-year fellowship in addiction psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Spencer served as the medical director for chemical dependency treatment at Presbyterian […]

Moment-to-Moment Self-Care: What Do You Really Need?

Self-care is important. Anybody in the mental health field will tell you that. Practicing good self-care is a part of any healing or recovery journey, but how do you know how to practice good self-care if you’ve spent a lifetime either practicing really bad self-care or no self-care at all?  That’s what this post is […]

Getting to Know John O’Neill

John O’Neill is the Chief Clinical Officer here at Luna Recovery. He brings 30 years of clinical experience with him along with a deep commitment to helping people who struggle with addiction. Recently, we took some time to get to know John a little better, and we thought you might want to meet him too. […]

The Body in Recovery Part II: Somatic Interventions

Welcome back to our Body Talk. We began in our last post by touching on the consequences of long-term substance abuse and important body-oriented considerations in early recovery. Today, we’re going to take a look at how the body, and specifically bodily awareness, can help in the healing process and promote effective forward motion in […]

The Body in Recovery Part I

Over the course of the next 3 blog posts, we’ll be exploring the body. We’ll begin this week by touching on the consequences of long-term substance abuse and important body-oriented considerations in early recovery. In our next post, we’ll dive into somatic therapy and talk about how the body may hold the key to healing […]

Treatment Corner: What the Heck is CBT and Why You Should Care

You may have seen the letters, C, B, and T tossed around on social media by friends and acquaintances in treatment and therapy. If you’ve ever wondered what those letters mean and why you should care, read on. CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based, therapeutic approach for treating substance use disorders and other […]

The Pandemic and the Opioid Crisis

The Opioid Epidemic, the CDC (June 2021) says, can be broken into 3 waves: The first, beginning in the late 1990s when the number of prescriptions for opioid medications increased, the 2nd, beginning around 2010 when heroin deaths rose dramatically, and the 3rd and most recent wave, beginning in  2013 with a rise in overdose […]

Treatment Corner: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, DBT was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Dr. Linehan developed DBT in response to the challenges she encountered working with people who were chronically suicidal. Her primary goal was to help people develop “a life worth living.” Behavioral therapies were common in the 1970s, and […]

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