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Johnny Allem

Johnny Allem
The philosophy and practice of Aquila Recovery stems from more than 25 years of recovery experience; engaging in my personal recovery, serving as a citizen advocate for addiction disease, researching new brain science developments, in addition to over 55 years of practical business experience.

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Step 1 of Addiction Treatment: Being Ready to Receive It

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 13, 2019 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, SMART Recovery, treatment program

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Denial is often the greatest obstacle to alcohol dependence recovery. After all, it is not only difficult to identify the problem, but also to admit you have a problem.

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Why Alcohol is Addictive (and 10 signs of addiction)

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2019 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction

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The first time *Sarah had a drink, she remembers being just eleven years old. "I stole liquor out of my parents cabinet, because I wanted to know what was so great about it. Every night, my parents would sit down and pour more and more out of the bottle. They seemed more and more happy each time they had a drink. I wanted to try it - it seemed fun."

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Helping Your Loved Ones Stay Sober In 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2019 / by Johnny Allem posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, Positive Recovery, SMART Recovery, treatment program

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When a loved one announces that they plan to start the New Year sober, it can be an enormous relief. However, cutting back on drinking is just the first step. Recovery is an ongoing process and the support you offer your loved ones is often invaluable during their New Year's resolution.

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Dual Diagnosis: How can anxiety affect my recovery?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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Mental health and substance use disorders go hand in hand. At times it is difficult to separate one from another. More often than not, each condition exacerbates the other. More than 50% of those suffering from a substance abuse disorder have what is considered dual diagnosis. The term dual diagnosis is more commonly referred to as a co-occurring disorder .

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Celebrating New Holiday Traditions

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 14, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Alcohol, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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According to a survey conducted by Yahoo, New Year’s Eve and Christmas are the biggest drinking days of the year in the United States. For those in recovery, it can be a challenge to maintain sobriety throughout the busy Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s period with so many parties and celebrations on the agenda. But that’s no reason to isolate yourself from friends and family or avoid the festivities altogether by staying home. There are many sober and safe ways to celebrate.

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Giving Thanks: The Power of Mindfulness in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 02, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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Because of the rush around the holiday season, we often forget that Thanksgiving is not just about turkey and all the fixings. It is meant to be a time when we gather with those we love and are thankful for all the blessings in our lives. And if you are in recovery from a substance use disorder, you have many, many things to be thankful for.

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Co-Occurring Substance Use and Seasonal Affective Disorder

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 02, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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For anyone struggling with substance use disorder, the stress of the holidays can be overwhelming, but those diagnosed with co-occurring Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can find it especially challenging.

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10 facts you didn’t know about co-occurring disorders

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, treatment program

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In the USA, nearly 6 in 10 individuals who struggle with substance use disorder also experience some other kind of mental health issue at the same time. We call these dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders and, when it comes to substance use, they’re far from uncommon.

Here are 10 things you may not know about co-occurring disorders:

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Welcome to Aquila Recovery Northern Virginia

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Insider, About Aquila, Northern Virginia

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We are pleased to welcome the Recovery Center of Northern Virginia (RCONV) team to the Aquila family. Aquila Recovery acquired the Recovery Center of Northern Virginia from owner, Desi Farren, in August 2018, adding 2 new clinics to our growing facilities. We are pleased to extend the Aquila model of outpatient addiction treatment services to our new Virginia locations, Leesburg and Herndon, including outpatient and intensive outpatient programs.

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The Link Between Traumatic Childhood Experiences and Substance Use Disorder

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2018 / by Johnny Allem posted in Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, Compulsive Behavior

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Ever feel like your childhood experiences are still influencing the decisions you make today? Whether you’re a social drinker looking to cut down, or involved in more heavy consumption of alcohol and searching for the answers to recovery, the experiences you went through as a child might be holding you back from sobriety. Let’s look at the link between childhood experiences and substance use disorder, and how you can start to address these today.

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