Music for the Spirit: Finding a Rhythm for Recovery

Take a drum, take a seat, and feel the beat. Vinland Chemical Health Case Manager Mark Collins starts the beat on a bongo drum. Then Vinland clients in the group “Music for the Spirit” join in and the real noise — and healing — begins. “I think it’s primal,” Collins said of drumming. “Since the beginning of […]

Drug Courts in Minnesota

The first Drug Court in Minnesota was in Hennepin County in 1996. Since then, the program has expanded to over 40 specialty courts in more than 30 counties across the state. The goals of Drug Courts are for offenders to complete the prescribed treatment program and to abstain from repeating the behavior in the future. […]

Brain Injury & Addiction

A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone. Brain injuries do not discriminate. An injury that happens in an instant can cause a lifetime of physical, cognitive and behavior challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term need for help to perform […]

Essential Oils: Discover Healing Scents

By Julia Ziegler, Marketing Intern Essential oils have been around for thousands of years, yet they are just starting to gain attention in our modern world. Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of a plant. Compared to modern, man-made pharmaceuticals, the idea of a natural remedy appeals to […]

Fitness & Wellness in Recovery

Physical Health and Proper Nutrition Are Key Components in Successful Recovery from Substance Abuse After years of neglecting their health, many of Vinland’s clients arrive for treatment with their bodies in poor shape. A lifestyle of abusing harmful chemicals, involvement in accidents, and poor health choices result in a variety of health problems for many […]

Families Dealing With Addiction

When someone you love is fighting an addiction, it doesn’t only affect them, but it also affects you. Many times, the family is overlooked during the recovery process, but they need support too. Sometimes, loved ones become co-addicts as well. This means that while they don’t share the actual addiction to drugs or alcohol, they […]

Treating Dual Diagnosis

Integrated Treatment Offers Best Outcomes for Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Dual diagnosis, also known as a co-occurring disorder, is the term used when a person has a mental illness and a substance abuse issue. In a dual diagnosis, the mental illness and the substance abuse are two separate illnesses. Both illnesses have their […]

Women and Prescription Drug Abuse

Women have been abusing prescription drugs throughout the years to help them deal with stress, frustration and anxiety compounded with the responsibilities of being a mom, wife and career woman. ABC News says that in the past decade there has been a 750 percent increase in the use of Adderall (a drug for attention deficit […]

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Drug and alcohol addiction affects 22.1 million people in the United States. For some addicts, their struggle is more complicated. Research shows that half of all addicts have at least one mental illness and are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol at the same time, which is called dual diagnosis. The mental illnesses can vary from […]