Andrew Lightfoot joined Eagleville Hospital in 2015 as an intern. Today, he’s a therapist in the men’s co-occurring disorders unit. Andrew sees drug and alcohol counseling as a science and he considers himself a “data scientist” as well as a clinician. We asked Andrew to explain the ways that data shapes his approach to treatment.
Q&A with a Therapist: Heather Hudock on the Role of Family in Inpatient Treatment
Family members of individuals in recovery are often given advice on how to help their loved one after discharge from an inpatient treatment facility; however, family often plays a role in determining what happens before discharge, too.
How Group Therapy Works
One of the first lifelines for someone in recovery often comes in the form of group therapy. While the idea of opening up about substance use to a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, the group therapy setting provides easy camaraderie that can help to relieve feelings of isolation.
Training Tomorrow’s Therapists at Eagleville Hospital
Eagleville Hospital is one of the largest non-profit, in-patient addiction and behavioral health treatment organizations in the greater Philadelphia area. That translates into a uniquely intensive practicum experience for the next generation of clinicians.
How Co-Occurring Disorders Work
A mental health condition such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder does not automatically create a substance use disorder, and vice versa. But for some people, the two are linked.
How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Help with Substance Use Disorder
We’re all susceptible to doubts, fear, even a tendency to focus on the negative in life. But this mindset can be especially paralyzing for someone struggling with substance use disorder. It’s compounded even further if the person has an “all-or-nothing” mindset.
Six Ways Recovery Can Be Different for Men
No two people in recovery have the same story, but substance use and mental health issues often affect men and women differently.
Why Social Support Is Crucial in Recovery
Sobriety can be an isolating experience. Though the same can be true of addiction, many who embrace recovery find that they must step away from who they were and even some of their friends and peers.
Q&A with a Therapist: Wellness Specialist Irma Sciarra on Mindfulness
Irma Sciarra is Eagleville Hospital’s Wellness Specialist, who brings her background in human services, yoga and meditation to the recovery setting. We asked Irma to describe how yoga and meditation are helpful to people in recovery and what she recommends for anyone who wants to benefit from these practices.
How Adjunctive Therapies Complement Traditional Treatments at Eagleville
More and more, healthcare providers are embracing non-traditional therapies for a range of conditions. Many of them tap into the “mind-body connection” to offer relief and can take a variety of forms, such as meditation and yoga, massage therapy or breathing exercises.