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Putting Your Feet Against The Wall Can Reduce Anxiety Symptoms










Viparita Karani is the technical name for “Legs Up On The Wall Pose”. Yoga practitioners are prescribing this pose as a cure all for anxiety, headache, stress, and pain. Also called Inverted Lake pose, this simple inversion pose is easy for anyone who can lift their legs up to do. All that is required is that you scoot yourself against a wall as your feet crawl up it. Ideally, you should be like a ninety degree protractor against the wall, with the angle at your hips and midsection. You can leave your arms laying flat by your sides or stretched out in either direction.

The inverted nature of the pose encourages blood flow from the feet to other areas of the body which are in need, including the brain. This pose is especially helpful for people who are on their feet all day or sitting at a desk. Increased blood flow to other parts of the body has significant impact.

Benefits Of The Pose

  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves back pain
  • Relieves headaches
  • Reduces symptoms of anxiety
  • Creates a sense of calm
  • Reduces symptoms of depression
  • Reduces symptoms of stress
  • Releases swelling from ankles, knees, or feet
  • Encourages longevity and health

Incorporating Mindfulness

Taking this simple yet effective inverted pose would be proven pointless for mental health treatment if the time were not spent wisely. Certainly, one could assume the pose and sit in the position using their phones or being distracted with something else. Utilizing mindfulness or meditation during the legs up the wall pose can help emphasize the benefits of anxiety reduction by creating a meditative state of calm in both the brain and the body.


Scan your body for any signs of lower back pain or neck pain. Many people need to be supported in this pose by placing a cushion, towel, or blanket beneath their his and their neck. You should not experience any strain in this pose. Being able to relax fully into the pose is important for gaining all the benefits it has to offer.

Harmony Place believes in the healing power of yoga and holistic healing methods for addiction and mental health treatment. Our clinical and scientifically proven therapeutic treatment program is supported by the use of alternative treatment methods including yoga. For more information on our residential treatment programs for anxiety, mental health disorders,and co-occurring substance use disorders, call us today at 1-855-652-9048.

Which Treatment Option Is Best For Me?







Choosing the right treatment plan Nisan important decision when it comes to the life changing need to address an addiction, alcoholism, mental health disorder, or eating disorder. Time is precious and shouldn’t be wasted when there is such a critical need at hand. What kind of treatment you seek is dependent upon the kind of problem you have and how severe it is. Treatment can also depend on what insurance coverage supports, what financial support is available, and how much time you have to dedicate to treatment. Here are some general prescriptions for different levels of treatment.

If You Cannot Stop Abusing Substances And Are A Danger To Yourself

Residential inpatient treatment is advised to those who cannot be left alone to their own devices, and even under the supervision of family members or loved ones, they cannot stop themselves from abusing substances. Such individuals have become destabilized and are in need of structure and support with daily programming and professional observation.

If You Need All Day Treatment But Have Other Obligations

Partial hospitalization is called “day treatment” because it includes all of the same programming and therapy as residential inpatient but does not include overnight boarding. For those who can safely live at home or reside in a sober living, this option is ideal. Simultaneous with treatment, people are able to go to school at night, take care of their families, or take shifts at a part time job.

If You Are In Need Of Treatment And Structure But Don’t Need Heavy Therapy

Intensive outpatient is usually offered a few days a week for much less hours at a time than residential inpatient or partial hospitalization. Increasingly, it is common for intensive outpatient to include a residential component and as much treatment as higher levels of care. However, the treatment programming will include less individual therapy and more focus on treatment modalities.

If You Need Maintenance Support And Accountability

Outpatient is the lowest level of care. Sometimes called transitional care or after care, outpatient only meets one to three days a week for a minimal amount of hours. Outpatient is usually for those who have been sober a little while but need ongoing support and accountability.

Harmony Place proudly offers all levels of care to assist clients through each phase of their treatment and development. Our staff works closely with each client to create a highly individualized and custom treatment plan. Call us today for a private consultation and more information on our residential treatment programs at 1-855-652-9048.

Mindfulness Meditation For Anxiety









Anxiety disorders like social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder can be hard to treat. Anxiety is a matter of thought. Thinking is one of the most difficult things to change in the brain. Anxious thoughts and thinking behaviors often become habitual. Changing the way one thinks has the ability to change their lives. Psychology, therapy, and the new age spiritual movement are entirely focused on this theory. When you learn to control and change the way you think, you alter your entire reality and create a new story for how you want to live your life. Accomplishing what is truly such a phenomenal feat requires certain sets of skills and knowledge. It takes a great amount of awareness to recognize anxiety and be able to apply different methods of thinking to change anxious thoughts. One such method proven to work is mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Researchers recently put a group of people with generalized anxiety disorder to the test, giving two groups an eight week course. One group learned about MBSR- mindfulness based stress reduction where they were instructed on meditation techniques and methods. The other group was taught about therapeutic subjects about lifestyle changes for anxiety. The experiential course using mindfulness meditation saw a considerably higher amount of success in reducing people’s symptoms of anxieties and creating a greater sense of calm.

Anxiety and Mindfulness

One of the key issues with anxiety is taking all of one’s thoughts seriously. In a way, anxiety is convinced that each thought is an indicator of the worst to come, until the next thought comes. Mindfulness meditation encourages practitioners to recognize thoughts and feelings not as facts but passing experiences. Furthermore, it suggests practitioners utilize non-judgment which helps not to spend too much energy on evaluating and analyzing each anxious thought- which usually inspires more anxiety.

Mindfulness meditation not only helps change the thoughts associated with anxiety, but it helps change the brain structure as well. Various research studies using neuroimaging have revealed that mindfulness and meditation, both together and as a combined practice, create the growth of grey matter in the brain and help change brain structure in a positive way.

At Harmony Place, we believe that each client has the ability to choose the way they want to live their lives, as long as they are given the proper tools to do so. Our residential treatment programs for mental health disorders like anxiety and co-occurring substance use disorders are designed to work with each client to achieve specific goals and overcome challenges. For more information, call us today at 1-855-652-9048.

How Can I Make Spirituality Part Of My Lifestyle?










It might seem nonsensical to try praying when you aren’t sure what or who you might be praying to. Spirituality is not religion or having any religious affiliation. You don’t have to have a higher power to believe that there are forces greater than yourself. Prayer doesn’t have to be to a diety of any kind. You can pray for other’s well being, pray for peace in the world, and pray for yourself to continue growing. One way to look at prayer as being more spiritual is to see it as sending messages or energy out into the universe. The deepest intentions of your heart are your prayers which are made thousands of times a day.


Spirituality is about curiosity regarding human life on earth. You’re interested in learning about the different perspectives on thoughts which take you outside of yourself and your individual life. Exploring spirituality is inherently a spiritual practice. Try visiting different religious institutions for services, watching documentaries, and reading books.


After you’ve explored so many options for spirituality, you’ll want to take time to reflect on what you’ve learned. Since spirituality is not dogmatic, you do not have to adhere to any one belief or thought. Reflect on what you like and don’t like from everything you learn, articulating your thoughts on your experiences and how you want to incorporate them into your life.


Communicating with yourself about your experiences is only part of the program for making spirituality part of your life. Everyone has the capacity to be spiritual and most people have their very own unique relationship with spirituality in their lives. Find people who are also exploring spirituality in their lives or who you know has a very developed sense of spirituality. Engaging in deep and meaningful conversations with different people can hep you broaden your perspectives and learn new things.


Ultimately, the amount of time, energy, and effort you put into developing spirituality in your life is how much presence it will have. You have to be committed to making this a new part of your lifestyle in order for it to be a priority worth your attention. spirituality isa fantastic tool for building a life of recovery, full of meaning, connection, and depth.

Harmony Place emphasizes spiritual development by opening the minds of our clients to the twelve step method, immersive spiritual experiences, and meditation. For a private consultation and more information on our residential treatment programs, call us today at 1-855-652-9048.

Should You Stay In A Relationship During Treatment?








Relationships and early recovery are complicated. Few people are lucky enough to have the unconditional and understanding support of a healthy partner. Most people are not. Marriages, partnerships, romantic relationships, and even friendships can struggle when a loved when reaches the peak of their addictions and seeks treatment. Withdrawals, struggling to cope with old feelings, and more can be significant challenges during the treatment period. Getting sober from an addiction to drugs or alcohol is about more than just stopping the use of those substances. It is about a total lifestyle change in mind, body, and spirit. Consequently, everything in their lives change– which could change the way they feel about you and your relationship with them.

Toxic Relationships

Sadly, many people find themselves in unhealthy and toxic relationships when they come to treatment. Frequently, it is a break up which acts as the catalyst t someone seeking help for themselves. sometimes people abuse drugs and alcohol in order to cope with toxic or abusive relationships. Relationships can also be a coping mechanism for drug and alcohol abuse.

Unless a relationship is long standing and seriously committed, usually they are suggested against in early recovery. Especially when they happen in treatment. Emotions, hormones, and a unending desire to quench the thirst for dopamine production can cause attraction during treatment. Sadly, that attraction often becomes fatal. Vulnerable and fragile, there is little ability to handle the emotions of a relationship when one is barely able to handle their own emotions.

Setting Realistic Expectations

If you are in a relationship, you do not have to break up with your current partner because you are going to treatment. You do, however, have to have realistic expectations of what is possible. Most treatment centers allow daily visitations and even offer relationship counseling. Traveling to another state or even country is common for treatment. If your relationship is toxic and abusive, or your partner is continuing to use drugs after you leave for treatment, it might be best to end things or put them on hold. Ultimately, the status of your relationship is up to you.

You have to do what is best for yourself in order to stay sober. Recovery is a long process of learning how to do that. When it comes to relationships, there is a very simple rule of thumb: not being in one probably won’t hurt you, but being in one certainly could.

Harmony Place offers relationship counseling and intensive family programming where significant others are invited to partake in the clinical recovery of their loved one. For a private consultation and more information on our residential treatment programs, call us today at 1-855-652-9048.

10 Troubling Warning Signs Of Depression









Depression isn’t always obvious. Sometimes the changes can go unnoticed without realizing there could be an issue with depression at hand.

  • Drastic Change In Appetite: depression changes appetite because it shifts the way the body reacts in its energy levels and metabolism. Unfortunately, there is no one change in appetite which indicates there might be a problem with depression. Instead, there are two very opposite ones; either eating far too much or eating far too little. If there’s a sudden change in appetite without any warrant, like a new diet or lifestyle trend, there may be an underlying emotional or mood problem.
  • Drastic Change In Sleep: similar to eating, sleep goes one of two ways with depression with a sudden shift: either sleeping too much or hardly sleeping at all. Insomnia during depression is not as popularly characterized as sleeping all day. Ruminating thoughts, anxieties, and concerns can keep someone with depression awake without any sleep.
  • Heightened Sensitivity: it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression to cry over just about anything. There is a heightened sensitivity and reactivity which can include responses of sadness, despair, or anger and rage.
  • Poor Memory And Focus: Many describe depression as feeling like a dark cloud or a thick fog. Cognitive difficulties with executive decision making, focus, concentration, and productivity can all struggle during an episode of depression.
  • Lack Of Interest: what was once invigorating and inspiring is commonplace. Depression isn’t interested in anything in particular due to a number of reasons. Likes and dislikes can change over time. For depression, the shift is usually striking. Should someone who spends five nights a week going to dance class and whose life revolve around dance, their greatest passion, it could be a matter of depression.
  • Dropping Self-Esteem: feeling different, less than, separate from, and as if something is wrong with you can be a real detriment to self esteem. Depression can cause feelings of worthlessness and despair regarding one’s identity and value in the world.
  • Suicidal Ideation:a preoccupation with death and suicidal ideation are two different things, both of which are common signs of depression. Thinking about death, the meaning of life, and existential matters is common with feelings of melancholy and depression. Suicidal ideation means contemplating what it would be like to kill oneself but not having a plan or intent to do so.
  • Feeling Unsettled And Anxious: panic and anxiety have their own mood disorders to accompany their symptoms. However, it is not uncommon for such feelings to accompany depression as well. Depression can overall feel like something just isn’t right, contributing to feelings of being unsettled.
  • Physical Agitation: aches, pains, restless muscles, headaches- any kind of physical agitation which is chronic can be a part of depression.
  • Hopelessness: perhaps the most significant symptom, hopelessness is the mark of deep depression. There is little hope for anything getting better, any kind of change, or any reason to believe there might be in the future. If you are feeling completely hopeless and that doesn’t feel like your natural self, you might be struggling with depression.

Harmony Place offers dual diagnosis treatment for substance use disorders and co occurring mental health disorders like depression. If you or a loved one are struggling with depression, call us today for information on how our residential treatment programs can help you live the life you are capable of living. 1-855-652-9048.

Acupuncture For Depression Treatment









775 patients diagnosed with depression were studied to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture as a depression treatment. Conclusively, the study, considered the largest of its kind to date, found that the combination of acupuncture and counselling “significantly reduced the severity of depressions and that these benefits were largely sustained for up to 12 months after treatment,” according to Science Daily. Quoted by one of the researchers, the study asserts acupuncture as a viable treatment method for depression. Acupuncture is not just a treatment method for the symptoms of depression. The study found that acupuncture treatments can bring a patient out of an episode of depression entirely. Even more significant was finding that recurring depressive symptoms were stagnant for up to twelve months, on average.

Holistic medicine as a whole is typically argued from the science community, most conservative science claiming that it provides nothing more than a placebo effect. Concurrently, however, many scientists are aware that almost half of patients who are diagnosed with depression and prescribed antidepressants do not find any relief from medication. Additionally, numerous studies have shown that therapy or counseling alone is an effective treatment, but can be made even more effective with alternative forms of treatment as well.

Benefits Of Acupuncture Treatment

The ancient eastern practice believes that the body stores emotion and energy within the body. When energy is not released, it becomes stuck, blocking the natural flow of energy and our ability to naturally flow with the energy of life. Using acupressure points, a practitioner assists with the release of blocked energy and emotions. It isn’t uncommon for a patient to suddenly start crying after the insertion of a carefully placed needle during a treatment session. Acupuncture finds the connection between organ functions and emotional health. For alcoholics in recovery, for example, acupuncture can be extremely helpful in remedying consequences of a  damaged or compromised liver.

Acupuncture is also used in sport pain management and for treating chronic pain. Pain relief can be provided by the reduction of inflammation which can be caused by muscle tension, stress, and stagnant energy. Addicts and alcoholics in the early stages of recovery experience ongoing symptoms of withdrawal which can include physical aches and pains. Depression and emotional stress can cause physical pain as well.

Harmony Place proudly works with NADA, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association to provide patients at all levels of care with recovery-specific acupuncture which helps detoxify the body of harmful toxins. For information on our residential treatment programs, call us today at 1-855-652-9048.


Are Opioid Painkillers Going To Be Banned Because Of The Opioid Epidemic?









On average, 19 Americans die of overdose on opioid drugs. The numbers regarding the growth of the opioid epidemic are undeniable. According to some statistics, the amount of overdose deaths due to opioid epidemics has tripled, if not quadrupled in some states in recent years. As the crisis has reached a climax, the national focus on confronting opioid addiction has become a highlight. Areas in the midwest and northeast have faced record breaking amounts of deaths at the hands of opiates. Many blame the pain management industry and medical industry for so loosely prescribing opiate painkillers without adequately informing patients of the addictive potential hidden within their pain medication. Notably, the promise of medications like Oxycontin to provide long term pain relief, was never fulfilled, leaving patients in an increasing amount of pain- only to be prescribed an increasing dosage of painkillers.

Opioid Epidemic

Most of the opioid epidemic is to blame on painkillers. Heroin, the street level of opiate drugs, is no longer the leading cause of death in opioid overdoses. However, many people who become addicted to painkillers find themselves addicted to heroin. Prescription painkillers are expensive and heroin is cheap. Looking for the same euphoric, analgesic, pain relief, they turn to street level heroin to feed the chemical dependency they have created.

STAT News recently released an article titled “A ‘civil war’ over painkillers rips apart the medical community — and leaves patients in fear” highlighting the controversial debate regarding the use of opioid painkillers for pain management. Many doctors argue that opioids never were necessary to properly treat pain and are not necessary now. Mindfulness based stress reduction, holistic methods, medical cannabis, and dozens of other treatment methods are being encouraged over the use of opioids. Other doctors argue that their is no need to hurt an entire population of pain patients for the sake of a few. It is true that not everyone who even abuses prescription painkillers will become addicted. Unfortunately, with opioids, even genetic predisposition doesn’t effect the game of roulette- there’s simply no guarantee.

Harmony Place is devoted to supporting the fight against the opioid epidemic by providing the highest quality care from detox to residential inpatient and more. For a private consultation and more information on our treatment programs, call us today at  1-855-652-9048.

Desperate To Get High: Heroin Addiction









Desperation is a state of despair, one that results in extreme behaviors. Despair, by definition is “the complete loss or absence of hope”. When someone is feeling desperate they are feeling hopeless, so hopeless that they are willing to go to extremes to either feel hope again or not feel so desperate. Heroin is a desperate addiction.

Lows of a High

Many heroin addicts report that in the end, the high wasn’t fun. Yet, they were desperate to find it. Nothing, they explain, can compare to the beginning when the rush and euphoria of heroin is as good as it can be without any tolerance or dependency in the body. Overtime, the body becomes used to and dependent upon the heroin. Needing more amounts of heroin more frequently, the body and brain become so obsessed with getting high on heroin that it ceases to pay very much attention to the high at all. As soon as the high happens the brain goes into panic dreading the moment the high is over. Like a light bulb the struggles to burn all the way or a helium balloon that can’t reach the ceiling any longer, heroine wears a user down to a point of desperation.

Withdrawal from heroin is one of the most difficult to overcome. “Kicking” and “dope sick” are the two terms used to describe heroin detox. People experience restless legs and muscles which leave them thrashing and kicking their legs as the drugs leave their bodies. Flu like symptoms including fever, sweating, nausea, vomiting, and body aches are common during withdrawal, causing people to feel sick. More damagingly than anything, people report feeling intense cravings and obsessive thinking to continue using heroin, even if they cannot get high anymore. Though they are aware another injection might kill them, or that smoking more heroin will just lead them to experience the withdrawals again, they continue to use. That is the desperation of heroin addiction.

Those who are addicted to heroin are desperate for help. Medically assisted detox, residential treatment, and a long term transitional plan for recovery is a winning formula for creating a foundation of lifelong sobriety. If you or a loved one are desperate for help, call Harmony Place today at 1-855-652-9048.

Is It True That LSD Can Stay In Your Spinal Cord Forever?












It’s the great threat everyone wanting to experiment with LSD receives. If you do LSD, the chemicals stay in your spinal cord forever. When you joints get achey, the weather changes, or you see a chiropractor, you run the risk of experiencing hallucinogenic symptoms because the LSD in your spine will be activated and released. Is this accusation true?

According to High Times, the answer is “No.” LSD is in fact the least likely chemical to continue living in the body. Chemicals like cannabinoids which come from cannabis are fat soluble, the website reports, meaning that the chemicals are absorbed and processed through fat, causing it to stay in the system. That is why THC can be detected in hair follicles up to months or years after the last use of marijuana. However, LSD is not fat soluble. Like most drug substances, it is water soluble, which means it leaves the body rather quickly.

Where The Myth Of LSD Comes From

In the height of the 1960’s counterculture, LSD was a popular drug. It was the drug that was providing the transcendental spiritual experience most of the counterculture felt was vital to the spiritual progression of the world. Quickly, the quality and potency of the drug escalated. Mental hospitals were inundated with young people experiencing “bad trips” off of LSD. One of the recurring symptoms was flashbacks. LSD, like most hallucinogenic substances, can be very good or it can be very bad. Bad trips can cause damage and leave symptoms similar to PTSD. Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder is an incredibly rare but still very real result of hallucinogen use, especially when use has been heavy. People who develop HPPD have ongoing symptoms of a trip, like visual disturbances, auditory disturbances, and other issues differentiating reality.

Is LSD Addictive?

Most of the mental health field agrees that hallucinogens are not inherently addicting. However, with enough chronic use, the brain is capable of developing a chemical dependency on just about any substance. Addiction is also dependent on environmental factors and a genetic predisposition to addictive behaviors.

Harmony Place provides residential detox and inpatient treatment to handle withdrawals and care for LSD addiction. If you or a loved one are concerned about the long lasting effects of lsd use, call us today for a private consultation at:  1-855-652-9048.

The Heartbreak Of Depression Might Be Real









Heart complications are a leading cause of death in most areas around the world, especially America. Chronic stress, cholesterol, obesity, substance abuse, and more are cited as bad influences on good heart health. The heart is the most important organ to the human body. Having a heart beat is an indication of life- without a heartbeat, we simply are not alive. Keeping the heart healthy and trying to sustain it in healthy ways to increase longevity is an essential part of health that most people overlook. Addicts and alcoholics who spend years abusing substances put themselves at risk for increased heart damage. New research reveals that depression, a commonly co-occurring mental health disorder with substance use disorders, might be a leading cause of heart problems as well. Depression can feel like heartbreak when the symptoms of hopelessness, sadness, melancholy, and lack of motivation are involved. Often, people who become depressed cease to eat healthy, eat in a balanced manner, or exercise. There is typically a significant change in weight and lifestyle which can be damaging to the heart.

Fox News reports that a recent German study observed the heart health and mental health of over 3,000 European men. 15% of those who had cardiovascular and coronary heart disease deaths had depression. Up to 21% of those additionally had high cholesterol and obesity with depression. Two other factors contributed to a higher amount of deaths: smoking and high blood pressure. Smoking can be an activity for depression as it creates habit and the nicotine creates a sense of relief. High blood pressure can be genetic but also caused by alcoholism or drug abuse, depending on what might be co-occurring with depression.

Mental Health And Heart Health

Screenings for mental health and heart health are not practices which usually coincide. Patients who display symptoms of depression should be screened for heart health and vice versa. In treatment for mental health disorders and co-occurring substance use disorders, great focus is given to physical health through nutrition, diet, exercise, and wellness. Recovery is about more than getting sober- it’s about healing mind, body, and spirit.

Everything we offer in our residential treatment programs at Harmony Place is designed to help you regain your life and live it in the healthiest possible way. If you or a loved one are struggling with depression or substance abuse call us today for private consultation and more information on our programs: 1-855-652-9048.


Did You Know You Can Do Acupressure At Home?









Acupuncture and acupressure treatments have tremendous benefits for addiction treatment and mental health treatment. Increasingly, acupuncture is being recognized as an evidence based treatment method, meaning the results cannot be argued with by science or by experience. Acupuncture works to relieve pain, reduce stress, and reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety, as well as withdrawals from drugs and alcohol. After treatment, few people carry on their acupuncture treatments on their own. These are some acupressure points you can activate on your own in order to help you relieve stress. Giving yourself an acupressure massage or just working on a few points is a great way to practice self-care and emotional management when you’re feeling stressed.

The feet are full of acupressure points which are helpful in relieving tension and benefitting the body in a number of ways. Here are some of the most beneficial acupressure feet points you can practice at home.

Tai Chong

Located: within the indentation between the second and big toe

Good for: stress, anger, anxiety, irritability

Irritability is a common symptom of withdrawal from drugs and alcohol. As the dopamine levels return to normal, the brain has difficulty coping with the lack of pleasurable sensations being created by drugs and alcohol. Low dopamine in addition to low serotonin, low energy, and high feelings of physical discomfort can cause someone to experience severe irritability. When PAWS, post acute withdrawal syndrome hits, this point can be especially helpful to ward off feelings that remind you of early recovery.

Xing Jian

Located: in the most high pressure part of the webbing between the first and second toe

Good for: liver disease, leg cramps

This acupressure point is good for recovering alcoholics as well as those recovering from an opiate addiction. Firstly, alcoholism and alcohol abuse damage the liver. This point is known to help the liver heal from diseases and weaknesses. Secondly, this point is helpful for relieving pain and aches caused by leg cramps. “Kicking” is the term applied to the experience of withdrawal from opiate drugs like painkillers and heroin, because the legs are restless and achy causing someone to kick their feet and legs.


Harmony Place provides acupuncture as a core healing modality to residential treatment patients. We believe the healing power of acupuncture is extremely beneficial to recovering clients. For a private consultation and more information on our treatment programs, call us today at  1-855-652-9048.