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Sponsors Now as Protected as Doctors in The Court of Law

New Law Protects Sponsors and Addicts

Anonymity is truly the cornerstone of Alcoholics Anonymous. Without this time-honored convention, many addicts and alcoholics would not seek the treatment they so desperately need, for fear of social repercussions or discrimination from peers and employers. Let’s face it – addiction is still a highly stigmatized disease. Those who lack firsthand experience tend to condemn addicts and alcoholics as weak-willed delinquents, without truly attempting to understand the psychological and physical implications of the disease. However, the recent opiate epidemic that has absolutely confounded the nation has lead to an increased awareness, resulting in a more widespread understanding of the non-discriminatory and life-shattering nature of addiction. Perhaps this newfound cognizance has contributed to the development of a new law which gives AA sponsors the same protection as doctors and attorneys when it comes to testifying in civil court.

Anonymity is Protected – By Law

A new Washington state law aims to protect the anonymity of individuals who are in addiction recovery, hoping that taking anonymity more seriously will help provoke more struggling addicts to seek treatment. The bill passed the House with a total of 94 votes, receiving unanimous support from the Senate. While it was originally vetoed by Governor Jay Inslee, the legislature voted to override the veto and officially made SB 6498 into law. The main goal of this law is to protect men and women who are in recovery as well as their program sponsors, meaning that neither party can be called on in court to testify in civil proceedings. And while this law does not apply to criminal proceedings, it is certainly a big step in the direction of improved confidentiality for those involved in 12-step programs. The addict-sponsor relationship is finally being taken seriously, in other words.

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Sponsors Now Protected in Court of Law

The confidentiality law previously covered doctors and their patients, as well as counselors, journalists, and attorneys and spouses. Now addicts and their sponsors are covered as well. What is a sponsor?

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The bill specifically defines the term ‘sponsor’ as “an individual who acts as a sponsor providing guidance, emotional support, and counseling in an individualized manner to a person participating in an alcohol or drug addiction recovery fellowship.” It is believed that eliminating pre-existing barriers to treatment, such as fear of exposure, will help more addicts and alcoholics to begin seeking the help they need. This bill will help those in recovery to speak openly with peer supports and designated sponsors, without fear of facing consequences.

There is much truth to the old AA adage, “secrets keep us sick”, and eliminating the risk of facing prosecution after the spilling the beans to a trusted mentor may help many more addicts maintain the long0term and fulfilled sobriety they deserve. There are many benefits to this law; above all else it represents one more great stride towards the national understanding of addiction as a faultless disease. For more information, please feel free to contact us at Lighthouse Recovery Institute today!

Popular Methods of Holistic Therapy

Popular Methods of Holistic Therapy

A number of holistic therapy practices are offered as part of treatment for addiction. In fact, holistically-based therapeutic methods have become increasing popular in Florida drug rehab centers over the course of the past several years, proving to be highly successful as supplements to standard therapy and evidence-based practices. We at Lighthouse Recovery Institute have been implementing several methods of holistic therapy, and the results have been quite impressive. Incorporation of such methods leads to a far more comprehensive recovery, and sets a significantly more solid foundation for lasting and fulfilled sobriety.

Holistically-Based Methods of Therapy and Rehabilitation

Here is an overview of some of the most popular types of holistic therapy practices.


Small, finely-tipped needles are inserted into specifically designated parts of the body, intended to improve the flow of vital energy. Acupuncture is most frequently used to relieve pain, but has also been proven extremely beneficial in helping to treat chronic illness (such as substance dependency). Many holistically-based treatment centers in South Florida have begun utilizing acupuncture as a supplemental form of therapy.


This form of holistic therapy is ideal for those who may be apprehensive to use needles. It is similar to acupuncture in theory, but simply uses the application of pressure rather than the puncturing of the skin. This form of therapy is usually used to treat tension and physical pain, but has been successful in helping to alleviate stress and anxiety.


Biofeedback therapy has become increasingly popular in more progressive treatment facilities throughout the country, and has proven extremely successful in helping recovering addicts maintain long-term sobriety. This therapeutic method uses state-of-the-art electronic equipment to monitor slight metabolic changes within the body. Patients learn to adjust their own state of being in order to improve issues related to stress, anxiety, insomnia, and drug addiction. They work to consciously visualize and imagine self-betterment while observing feedback that consists of both light and sound.


This form of therapy is most typically utilized in conjunction with another holistic method of healing, such as acupuncture, meditation, or massage. Essential oils, which are distilled from herbs and other plants, are either massaged into the skin or inhaled in order to promote relief from anxiety and an extensive list of other potential ailments.

Healing the Mind, Body, and Soul


Believe it or not, psychotherapy does qualify as holistic therapy – and it is one of the most effective and widely used forms of holistic therapy in treatment centers throughout the country. The bulk of standard inpatient treatment is made up of psychotherapy taking place in a group setting. In most cases, clients will also meet with a psychotherapist one-on-one for several hours per week.


This technique works by tapping into the subconscious mind, where suppressed memories and childhood trauma tend to dwell. Licensed hypnotherapists will work closely with patients, helping them to change their behaviors, emotions, and attitudes. Hypnotherapy has proven extremely successful in treating addicts and alcoholics who suffer from underlying trauma-related disorders.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga has become one of the most widely utilized forms of holistic therapy, and it extremely beneficial in helping addicts to connect their bodies and their minds. Throughout this practice, they learn to respect their physical forms and heal themselves through movement, breathing, and meditation.

There are many holistic therapy options available when it comes to drug rehab centers, and most of the treatment centers in Florida (including ours) have begun implementing a variety of these practices. For more information, please feel free to contact is at Lighthouse Recovery Institute today at 1-866-308-2090. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Wet Brain and Other Alcohol-Related Disorders

Wet Brain Syndrome

Those who drink too much may brush off their bad habit more easily than a heroin addict or an individual who regularly abuses crack cocaine. Drinking is just so common – if you haven’t been good and plastered at least once in your life you may be questioned by your peers, in fact. What many who drink heavily and regularly do not know is that prolonged alcohol abuse can lead to a host of severe and potentially permanent medical issues. Some of these issues result in conditions that can damage the brain enduringly. Wet Brain (or Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome) is perhaps the most well-known form of alcohol-related brain damage. This condition typically occurs after years of excessive drinking, provoked by a thiamine deficiency caused by malnutrition. If this condition is caught in its very early stages, it can usually be at least partially reversed with intensive treatment involving large doses of thiamine. If the disorder reaches the late stages, however, the damage is permanent and nothing can be done to reverse the symptoms.

Who is at Risk of Wet Brain?

Wet Brain is the result of a thiamine deficiency caused by poor eating habits that lead to eventual malnutrition. Those who are in the late stages of chronic alcoholism will likely maintain a predominantly liquid diet, physically unable to hold solid food down because of the strain put on their digestive systems by disproportionate alcohol consumption. Binge drinking can cause major gastrointestinal damage, leading to an inability to properly absorb nutrients. Liver damage that is frequently caused by alcoholism will also lead to reduction in thiamine processing, and without this essential nutrient utilized by the brain to aid in glucose conversion, significant brain cell death can and will occur. The brain stem is harshly affected, as is the pons and the cerebral cortex. Those who are in the advanced stages of alcoholism and do not receive professional treatment are exceedingly more likely to develop Wet Brain.

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Symptoms of Wet Brain Syndrome

Those who suffer from Wet Brain will typically exhibit the following symptoms:

–               Loss of control over eye movements

–               Dementia

–               Hallucinations

Hallucinations can be aural, tactile, or visual

–               Confusion

Confusion often manifests as a seeming apathy to surrounding and an inability to verbally participate in conversations (at least coherently)

–               Confabulation

Believing certain events that did not actually happen to be true, and repeating them to others as if they had, in fact, happened

–               Ataxia

This is a strange symptom, but it is relatively telltale – it refers to an irregular gait, usually a short step and wide stance

Treatment for Wet Brain

Late stage patients have not been known to benefit from any known treatment – they are essentially doomed to suffer from the disorienting and obtrusive symptoms of Wet Brain for the remainder of their lives. The mortality rate for this specific alcohol-related condition remains at around 20%. If those in the early stages are treated promptly and efficiently, there is about a 20% chance that they will make a full recovery. This specific disorder is far more prevalent amongst homeless and elderly individuals, though it can affect anyone. If you or someone you know and love is suffering from alcohol abuse or dependency, please contact one of our trained representatives at Lighthouse Recovery Institute today.

Unique Approach to Fighting Drug Addiction

New, Unique Approach to Fighting Drug Addiction

Psychologists in Atlanta, Georgia have begun experimenting with a new approach to treating drug addiction – one that involves completely altering the brains of the afflicted. For the past several decades, addiction has been scientifically and medically classified as a brain disease. Responding to this classification, psychologists have developed a method of treatment they currently call The Synapse System. This specially developed outpatient treatment program is currently available to adolescents and young adults, and utilizes intensive therapy along with some newly emerging technology to help improve the overall health of the brain.

How Does the Synapse Treatment Program Work?

As part of their treatment, patients are hooked up to electrodes that measure their brain waves. An interactive computer program is then introduced, which shows patients how to adjust their brain waves and thought processes. Over time, the exercises provided by the software help young adults permanently adjust their brain waves. Damaged neuropathways are repaired, and new neuropathways are simultaneously created. This program has proven extremely successful for those who have already been exposed. Several patients have reported decreased feelings of depression and anxiety, improved self-confidence, and an overall enhancement in general wellbeing.

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Core Principles of the Synapse System

There are 5 main principles at the root of the Synapse System, based on the collective experiences and accumulative understanding of the program founders.

The principles are as follows:

  1. Addiction is a disease of the brain, and effective forms of treatment must therefore address brain functioning.
  2. It is very common for substance abuse and addiction disorders to co-occur with other psychological disorders. It is crucial that all co-occurring disorders are adequately uncovered, assessed, and treated.
  3. It is important that all impacted members of the family are addressed and treated accordingly – addiction is a family disease.
  4. Adequate treatment of substance dependency disorders requires a holistic, multi-faceted, and highly individualized approach that addresses the aforementioned components of neurological functioning, c-occurring disorders, and the family.
  5. Treating substance misuse may prevent the onset of full-fledged addiction, which may lead to chronic underachievement, delinquency, and ultimate death.

For more information on the Synapse System, please visit www.thesynapsesystem.com. For more information on which rehab facilities in South Florida have begun to utilize this specific program, or other similarly structured programs, please contact one of our trained representatives at the Lighthouse Recovery Institute today. We have been utilizing a similar method of cognitive therapy for quite some time, and would be more than happy to discuss implications and past successes with you.



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