Heather Valsan

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SMART Recovery, Neurofeedback and Ongoing Therapy 

Posted by Heather Valsan on Dec 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Landmark Recovery of Louisville offers SMART Recovery, Neurofeedback and ongoing therapy to patients in our comprehensive program for the treatment of substance abuse disorders.

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Topics: Smart Recovery

Differences Between Alcoholics Anonymous and SMART Recovery

Posted by Heather Valsan on Nov 21, 2017 4:00:00 AM



Do you ever get annoyed when someone tells you that there's only one way to get something done - insinuating that unless you do it their way, you'll make a mess of things? In reality, being closed to alternative ideas and beliefs will only serve to limit our growth of knowledge.

We see different approaches fervently accepted or denied as useful in the treatment of drugs and alcohol. While Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been around for longer and has had millions of success stories, we also find numerous benefits in newer treatment models.

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Topics: Smart Recovery

How To Prepare For Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Posted by Heather Valsan on Nov 16, 2017 10:01:00 AM

 You decided to check into an addiction treatment center to become sober and healthy. Great News! Setting a date for admission to a rehab center is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Now that you’ve made the first step, now what? You’re likely wondering what should you pack, and what you'll be doing when you get there.

Read on to learn about how to prepare yourself for a comfortable and successful experience in an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab.

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Topics: Drug and Alcohol

From the Mouth of a Psych Nurse-Not All Centers Are The Same

Posted by Heather Valsan on Nov 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM



Have you ever seen something terrifying happen, but out of fear felt paralyzed, stuck, and unable to do anything about it?

For me, the answer is yes, and more than once. You see, in addition to being a writer, I’m also a Registered Nurse for an addiction treatment center. While that might not seem particulary scary, my experience is in Psychiatry, and professionals in this speciality understand that there is always a measure of risk and uncertainty.

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Topics: Addiction

7 Things You Should Never Say To An Alcoholic

Posted by Heather Valsan on Oct 31, 2017 11:00:00 AM


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Topics: Alcohol

What is Casey’s Law

Posted by Heather Valsan on Oct 10, 2017 10:05:00 AM




In 2004, Casey's Law came to pass in Kentucky and was implemented in 2012 in the state of Ohio. It was initiated after the death of Matthew Casey Wethington who died of a heroin overdose at age 23.

This law serves to legally mandate people with drug and alcohol disorders into treatment programs. The length of treatment varies and can range from the detoxification stage which lasts about one week, to several weeks, a month, or even longer.

Addicts are often in a state of denial about their self-destructive behaviors.

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Topics: Casey's Law

The Dark Mine of Addiction

Posted by Heather Valsan on Sep 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Understanding Why Change is Difficult for Addicts Written by Heather Valsan

The power to change. We all have it – that deeply rooted internal force within us that cries out, “Stand up and do better. Be better.” Making a change that positively impacts your life is like searching for a rare and precious diamond in a mine. You know that somewhere within the ashy, dark rocks is something sacred and beautiful. Finding it will change your life forever. There’s only one caveat. You’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and jump into a dark and scary place that offers no promises or guarantees.

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Topics: Addiction