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Blog: Positive Recovery & Sobriety

Ascend Treatment Center Earns Respected LegitScript Certification

By Anthony Polito

ROCKAWAY, New Jersey, Nov. 30, 2018 (PRWEB) – Ascend Treatment & Wellness Center, the outpatient addiction treatment center serving teens and adults in Morris County, New Jersey, announced today that it is among the first outpatient addiction treatment centers in the area to earn certification from LegitScript. Offered through partnership with the National Association of Addiction Treatment…

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Relapse: Debunking Myths & Misconceptions

By Anthony Polito

Pop star Demi Lovato’s recent near-death overdose after years of sobriety raises lots of questions about recovery, relapse, and drug and alcohol addiction. Let’s answer those questions and tackle common myths about relapse and recovery. “How could this happen, I thought she was better?” Recovering addicts can go days, months, even years without acting on…

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Free Parents Meeting: Teens, Drug, Alcohol & Substance Abuse

By Anthony Polito

Ascend’s executive director Anthony Polito, LCSW, LCADC will lead this free parents’ Q&A/roundtable on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 7 – 8 PM. This will be interactive, not just a slide presentation, with plenty of time for open discussion. Drop-ins are welcome — no need to RSVP. Please give us a call at (862) 781-6141…

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PERMA, the Theory of Well-Being, and How to Use it in Real Life

By Anthony Polito
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P – Positive Emotion This element of the model is one of the most obvious connections to happiness. Being able to focus on positive emotions is more than just smiling, it is the ability to be optimistic and view the past, present, and future in a positive perspective. This positive view of life can help…

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Why Thinking Matters

By Anthony Polito

At their core, cognitive-behavioral therapy and positive psychology theory believe in the power of individuals to change themselves. This is not to diminish the role that environment, biology and other factors play in human behavior. It simply emphasizes that we as humans have the unique ability to change how we think, and hopefully, how we…

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More About Positive Psychology and Addiction Treatment

By Anthony Polito

At Ascend, we take a similar approach to the one highlighted in this article. It’s a great introduction to positive psychology. It’s a refreshingly different way for therapists and their clients struggling with drinking problems or substance abuse problems to work together that avoids the demoralizing messages that bombard people with addictions in traditional treatment…

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SMART Recovery: Don’t Confuse Simple With Easy!

By Anthony Polito

Take a look at these 10 rules for happiness from SmartReocvery.org, a non-profit self-help program for people struggling with drinking or using drugs. Don’t confuse simple with easy! Try them for a week and see how it goes.

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Ascend: Where Science Meets Compassion, Empathy and Understanding

By Anthony Polito

I have been in the field of addiction treatment for over 20 years and people often ask, why is your facility different than another facility? Lately, when someone asks me this question, I authentically answer “because what we do is empirically driven and has shown to be effective in treating a wide array of behavioral…

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Positive Psychology — A Fresh Approach to Substance Abuse & Mental Health Treatment

By Anthony Polito
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I’ve been in the field of mental health and addiction treatment for over twenty years.  As anyone who has done this work will tell you, burnout and frustration come with the territory.  I recently had an event in my life that at first caused me great frustration.  However, after processing it — or perhaps reprocessing…

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