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12 Step Programs: How They Work and What to Expect

12-step programs have become a hallmark of addiction recovery ever since Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) published the Big Book in 1939. The 12 Steps have become a model for multiple kinds of addiction recovery, not just alcohol. Many treatment centers all over the country, such as Villa Tranquil, have implemented 12-step programs within their programs toRead More

Healing from Codependency After Addiction Treatment

Returning home after addiction treatment is a huge transition. It’s a real test of the skills you’ve learned in early recovery. While in treatment, there were probably other things beyond substance abuse that you learned to handle. Villa Tranquil Recovery offers many programs, including family counseling, interpersonal skills, and boundary setting. All of these thingsRead More

Adapting Behavioral Health Treatment During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated most of 2020. At the same time, we’ve had to keep up with our mental health and addiction treatment. Many people are struggling with their mental health and substance use during this time, among many other things. The behavioral health industry has also been impacted, and everyone involved has beenRead More

How Do I Get Help?

Getting help for a mental illness or substance use disorder can be difficult. You might not want to reach out for help due to stigma. This is a big barrier to care that many people come across. Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to help you receive the care you need. We can offer you one ofRead More

The Causes of Depression

There are a few different things that may cause depression. These things may appear to be small and insignificant, but these “little” things add up to big things that directly impact a person’s mental health. This is often why someone may not notice their loved one’s depression, these “little” things slip through the cracks. It’sRead More

How to Fight Depression Together

It’s important for your loved one with depression to know that they have a support system around them. If they have been newly diagnosed, they may need some extra support for a while. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone is different, and just because something worked for another friend with depression doesn’t meanRead More

Depression and Genetic Testing

We recently talked about drug-free treatments for depression. If you are open to it, combining these methods with an antidepressant can work wonders. If you aren’t, that’s okay! This article is for people who are thinking about taking an antidepressant. Remember: there’s no shame in taking medication for your mental health. Continue reading to learnRead More

Drug-Free Treatments for Depression

Everyone experiences a mix of emotions, sadness included. Not everyone will go through a full-blown depression, though. But 1 in 5 Americans will deal with a mental illness, and depression is one of the more common ones. Stigma stops many people from getting help. Many people will not want to go on antidepressants for theRead More

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Mental Illness?

What do we talk about when we talk about mental illness? This is a question posed by David Bjerklie, a writer for TIME Magazine. Language, he notes, is extremely important and always evolving. This question, he says, is as much medicine as it is language. “Our words frame and reflect our understanding (and misunderstandings) aboutRead More