While an individual's addiction may be hidden behind tight lips and closed doors, it doesn’t mean that the people around that person won’t be affected. As much as addiction thrives in isolation, it can continue to grow in an unhealthy familial dynamic. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), addiction is a family disease. If the family is considered a “system,” where connection circulates fluidly through multiple relationships, addiction causes a spark that can subtly create tension, dishonesty, fear, and resentment - overtime changing thinking patterns and behavioral patterns that cause the entire system to malfunction. While [...]
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Do you ever wonder why meditation for addiction is practiced in numerous treatment facilities? If you’re unfamiliar with meditation, it can seem daunting, boring, and a little mundane. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years, and meditation for addiction has not only helped many stay sober, but it’s powerful results have been backed by science, and changed hundreds of thousands of lives. In fact, did you know that Albert Einstein had daily meditation naps that brought him answers before he even asked questions? Additionally, Tina Turner credits her meditation practice to giving her the strength needed to leave her husband [...]
Entering alcohol or drug rehab can be exciting, scary, and nerve-wracking all at the same time. While a month to two month treatment program can help turn your life around, a 30 or 60 day program is not long enough to fix all your problems. In treatment, you learn a plethora of skills. Though, when treatment is over and the real world approaches, putting these tools and skills to the test can seem unconventional and uncomfortable. It’s important that any alcohol and drug rehab set you up with a solid aftercare plan to maintain your newfound sobriety. After a number [...]
Every time your loved one steps into the room, panic ensues, anxiety peaks, a whiff of denial lingers in the air, and an elixir of emotions creates a visceral reaction in your body. Whatever task you were doing is now forgotten. Fear, anger, terror, and worry freeze you in your tracks. It’s clear that your loved one’s addiction is affecting you. As a mother, father, sibling, friend, significant other, or spouse, you’ve already begged and pleaded for your loved one to get help for their substance abuse disorder. What was once an excuse to ask for money, or a lie about [...]
There are those who think of its euphoric aroma as a way to unwind after a hard day at the office. There are others who associate the scents of a “cold one” with their favorite football player running down the 50 yard line. Then are those who end up at the end of a bottle in a whiff of elation and altered lucidity, yearning for the next one. No matter what category you fall into, any of these people can be at risk of serious consequences and health concerns regarding their alcohol use. In today’s day and age, we often hear [...]
So you’ve been to treatment, have made a complete lifestyle change and now you’re sober. By giving up drinking, drugging, and your substance of choice, suddenly multiple other aspects of your life change. Make no mistake, early sobriety is hard, and it’s full of ups and downs. The beginning period of recovery can often times feel like an emotional roller coaster. Triggers can loom in the distance and pitfalls can creep up out of nowhere. While each person’s experience can be unique, it’s crucial to be hyper-vigilant during this time. As relapse can be common, it’s not necessary. Though, according to [...]
The effects of addiction can be far reaching. While it doesn’t just affect the life of the person suffering, it can affect each relationship it touches. As an addiction progresses, typically, a person’s social, financial, spiritual, and familial life declines. For friends and loved ones, the onslaught of consequences that addiction brings can be devastating to watch – especially if the person is not accepting of help. When a person is suffering from a behavioral health disorder, it can be natural to want to try and help. Though, when addiction is at hand, addressing the issue can be a touchy subject. [...]
Getting sober is tough. But oftentimes, getting sober after a relapse can be even more challenging. While relapse is common, a study from the National Institute of Health found that more than 85% of individuals relapse and return to use within the following year of treatment. For family and friends, the thought of relapse can seem frightening. Though, while these numbers may be alarming, it’s important to note that relapse doesn’t have to be apart of the recovery process. The best way to prevent relapse from occurring is to learn and create a relapse prevention plan and determine your own relapse [...]
There is perhaps no area in which an excellent counselor is desperately needed than in the addiction treatment space. A licensed substance abuse counselor can make a tremendous impact on a current or recovering addicts life. While there are many nuances to treating and guiding those who are having substance abuse problems, group therapy is a critical component to letting people know that they are not alone. In group therapy, a person in recovery can sit in a non-judgmental space and vent their frustrations with other people who are in solidarity with them. Three of the most impactful aspects of group [...]
Mental vs physical addiction. What are the differences? We are in a full-blown drug and alcohol abuse epidemic. According to a survey published in 2017 by the NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health), of the 140.6 million Americans aged 12 or older, 66.6 million of them were binge drinkers in the past month and 16.7 million were heavy drinkers in the past month. On top of that, 30.5 million people aged 12 or older had used an illicit drug in the past month. The rates of co-occurring major depressive episodes were higher amongst those who had used drugs versus [...]