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Avoiding Relapse in Addiction Recovery

March 31st, 2019 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction, Recover 0 comments on “Avoiding Relapse in Addiction Recovery”

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process and treatment for addiction varies for each individual based on individual needs. Treatment programs teach clients how to focus on healthy, sober activities as a way to cope with anxiety, stress, depression, or PTSD. The coping mechanisms that you learn in treatment must be used throughout recovery to maintain a new, healthy, sober lifestyle. Avoiding relapse can be very challenging, or very easy depending on how bad the individual wants to live a clean and enjoyable life.

Steps to Recovery and Overcoming Challenges

There will be challenges throughout recovery that increase the risk of relapse. Avoid situations that heighten the temptation to use your substance of choice. Stay away from people, places, and things that are associated with drug or alcohol use. Call a sober friend or relative who can encourage you to stay sober and talk to you when cravings are intense.

Relapse is not a sign of failure. Addiction changes the way the brain functions, and affects mental and physical health. Lifestyle changes must be made to have success in recovery. The brain needs to be re-trained to function normally without depending on drugs or alcohol. Taking the steps to recovery can be very overwhelming and cravings can be strong. We offer a leading edge program called amino acid therapy that helps alleviate some of those urges that we encounter during early recovery.

To avoid relapse, discover new healthy, sober activities or hobbies. Journaling is a great way to help you recognize your success in recovery and identify how you worked through past triggers. Writing also allows you to reflect on positive experiences throughout your journey in recovery. Exercise promotes physical and mental health, and good nutrition is extremely important for your overall health.

Addiction Changes the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Addiction changes your mind, body, and spirit. Relapse can heighten feelings of worthlessness, self-doubt, and guilt. It can make you feel like giving up. Never give up because of a relapse. Everything about you changes, but you can recover from addiction.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or a substance use disorder, get help now. Do not wait to ask for help. Addiction is incurable, but treatment is available and there is hope in recovery. Take the first step toward a new, rejuvenated, healthy lifestyle in sobriety and get help today.

 


 

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call 386-423-4540.

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5 Ways to Prepare for Recovery

March 21st, 2019 Posted by Blog, Treatment 0 comments on “5 Ways to Prepare for Recovery”

Treatment prepares you for lifestyle changes in recovery. Treatment also teaches you how to develop a plan to make a seamless transition into a new sober lifestyle. Recovery planning will help you avoid triggers, maintain a healthy diet, sustain emotional wellness, and discover healthy, enjoyable activities.

Each treatment program is tailored to fit each person’s unique needs. In recovery, you need to use the skills and coping strategies you developed while in treatment. Exercise, yoga, reading, and other activities can be integrated into a healthy sober lifestyle when treatment ends.

Here are 5 ways to prepare for a healthy recovery:

  1. Make a plan to live healthy. In treatment, you will learn how to live healthy by making healthy choices. Eat nutritional foods, exercise regularly, discover healthy activities, and develop a support network from sober people in group therapy.
  2. Join a gym or yoga class. Exercise is proven to increase mood and maintain mental and physical wellness.
  3. Avoid triggers. Recognize your triggers and develop a plan to avoid them. Stay away from people associated with drug or alcohol use and places that remind you of these substances. Triggers can cause intense cravings and lead to relapse.
  4. Keep a journal. Keeping a journal is useful for writing down feelings and experiences you have during recovery. It allows you to reflect on how you handled difficult times through the course of recovery. The journal also keeps track of your success and encourages your continuing sobriety.
  5. Attend group meetings after treatment ends. Sometimes new friendships develop through group meetings. It also helps to know that you are not alone. People in group meetings are very supportive and are willing to talk to you when you feel intense cravings. The person can talk to you to keep your mind busy and eliminate thoughts of turning to drugs or alcohol.

Discover your interests and stay active to get the best out of a new sober lifestyle. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. Take the first step toward a healthy, sober lifestyle and get help today.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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How Addiction Makes it Difficult to Quit Drugs and Alcohol

March 19th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction 0 comments on “How Addiction Makes it Difficult to Quit Drugs and Alcohol”

Addiction makes it difficult to quit drugs and alcohol, and puts a person at risk of developing serious mental and physical health problems. Drugs and alcohol hijack the brain and change the way the brain works to control a body’s functions. Eventually, the brain becomes dependent on the drugs and alcohol and needs more of the substances to make the individual feel comfortable.

Drug and alcohol use interferes with the brain’s neurotransmitters, which release increased levels of dopamine. This causes the individual to experience pleasurable feelings. Quitting drugs or alcohol alone is not recommended.

Ending drug use alone can cause intense withdrawal symptoms, depending on the type of drug used, duration of use, and the severity of addiction. Some withdrawals from drugs such as heroin will cause flu-like symptoms. The uncomfortable and sometimes painful withdrawals can influence a relapse and increases the risk of overdose or death.

Many people use drugs or alcohol to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. Drugs and alcohol can increase the symptoms of mental health problems. When drug or alcohol use stops, the person can feel very sick and experience strong cravings. Medication-assisted detox is a safe and more comfortable way of quitting drugs and alcohol. Medical professionals can monitor the detox process and manage medication if needed.

There will be challenges during detox, rehab, and throughout the lifelong recovery process. Support groups and meetings provide a great network of other people recovering from addiction who can give advice and encouragement.

In recovery, an individual needs to learn how to live without substances to cope. People, places, and things associated with drug or alcohol use must be avoided. Meeting people in support groups can lead to new, sober friendships. Strategies for staying away from things that can cause a relapse will help avoid some difficult situations.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help now. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Make the life-saving decision to get help today.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.”

~ Elbert Hubbard

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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The Link Between Verbal Abuse and Addiction

March 18th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction 0 comments on “The Link Between Verbal Abuse and Addiction”

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.”

Abuse comes in many forms and sometimes leaves scars we cannot see. Verbal abuse destroys a person’s self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. Threats, rejection, and name-calling are de-humanizing and degrading, and leave the victim feeling alone, isolated, and unworthy. The victim lives in fear of confrontations or arguments. Verbal abuse is a form of emotional abuse and leaves scars that never go away.

A verbally abused person lives with constant self-doubt. The victim constantly wonders what he or she did wrong. In childhood, the victim might be overly shy to avoid conflict or be indecisive when it comes to making decisions later in adulthood. To counteract fear, shame, anger, and other disturbing emotions, the victim might turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Trauma is often linked to substance abuse and addiction.

In an article on substance abuse for Domestic Shelters (2016), Susan Bernstein, licensed social worker and MA-based therapist who specializes in trauma states, “[some] survivors use drugs or alcohol to dull or numb or block any sort of emotional upheaval that the abuse causes. It becomes their coping mechanism.”

When a person feels hurt and powerless on an emotional level, they are at high risk to use. Verbal abuse can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to a study by researchers at the University of Vermont, childhood emotional abuse is linked to opioid abuse in adulthood (2017). Matthew Price, assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Vermont, and the paper’s senior author states, “To protect themselves from strong emotions and from trauma cues that can bring on PTSD symptoms, people with this kind of childhood experience frequently adopt a strategy of avoidance, which can include opioid use.”

Verbal and emotional abuse may have been unavoidable in childhood, but as an adult, you can decide what types of relationships to keep in your life and choose your connections. If you or a loved one is suffering from a mental health condition and addiction, get help now. Treatment is available for a dual diagnosis.   

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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Good Nutrition for a Healthy Recovery

March 15th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Recover 0 comments on “Good Nutrition for a Healthy Recovery”

Addiction hinders your ability to take care of yourself and eat the right foods. When your body is not fed with good nutrition, it becomes physically and emotionally sick. Taking care of your body is vital in addiction recovery. Good nutrition plays an important role for your physical health and wellness in sobriety.

In treatment, you learn how to care for your body physically and emotionally by maintaining good nutrition, incorporating exercise into your daily routine, and participating in outdoor activities in an oxygen-rich environment.

Holistic addiction therapy encompasses treatment for the mind, body, and spirit. A clear mind will help you discover yourself and become mindful of others. With a clear mind, you can learn about your special interests and healthy activities. Mindfulness allows you to concentrate on keeping your body healthy and nutritionally well.

Addiction makes you neglect self-care. Some drugs make your physical appearance deteriorate, including tooth decay, hair loss, and drastic weight loss due to a lack of good nutrition. Exercise is proven to reduce stress and anxiety and group fitness motivates clients while providing the opportunity to establish new relationships. Mindfulness and awareness help to produce healthy habits that contribute to your success in recovery.

Nutritional counseling and dietician-designed meals provide guidance in making healthy food choices. Toxins are filtered out through healthy eating and your body is rejuvenated. Eating healthy food reduces disruptive sleep patterns and strengthens self-esteem, confidence, and productivity.

When you take care of your body, you will feel energized, well rested, and restored. A clear mind and good nutrition motivate you to maintain sobriety in a healthy, new lifestyle. The body can heal quicker with good nutrition.

Maintaining good nutrition is essential for a fulfilling, healthy life in recovery. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, get help now. Addiction affects the entire body and feeding your body the right foods will increase self-esteem, confidence, and overall mental and physical health. Do not wait. Take the first step toward sobriety and get help today.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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How does Excessive Gaming turn into an Addiction?

March 14th, 2019 Posted by Awareness, Blog 0 comments on “How does Excessive Gaming turn into an Addiction?”

Excessive gaming can affect a person’s physical and mental health, personal relationships, and work or school. Drug or alcohol addiction changes the way the brain functions and the same happens when a person has a gaming addiction. This makes the person continue gaming despite negative consequences. Excessive gaming can lead to isolation, social anxiety, and depression. It can affect relationships, work or school productivity, sleep patterns, and proper nutrition.

In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized a gaming disorder as “a new mental health condition included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases.” The WHO says the new diagnosis adheres to individuals who have lost control over their gaming habits. Gaming addiction allows a person to remain in a virtual world as a way to escape problems in the real world.

In an article by Jocelyn Maminta for WTNH News8 (2019), Robin Seymour, clinical director at Newport Academy said, “Research has shown the chemicals, the same chemicals in the brain that gets stimulated in substance use, those happy feelings, feelings of reward, are also being stimulated when they use games.”

A gaming addiction interferes with a person’s diet. He or she might play games for endless hours without stopping to eat. When a person has a gaming addiction, he or she can become irritable when they cannot play due to special events or occasions.

Signs of a gaming addiction include:

  • Irritability when the game is interrupted. This can put a strain on relationships with loved ones. Gaming becomes the person’s number one priority.
  • Neglects responsibilities. He or she may often be late to school or work, or not show up.
  • Social problems and isolation. The person withdraws from in-person relationships and develops online friendships with other players. For a person who suffers from social anxiety, the online world is more comfortable.
  • Fatigue or insomnia. Sometimes, the person will avoid sleep to continue playing the game.

While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help now. There is hope in recovery. Get help today.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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4 Ways to Avoid a Painkiller Addiction

March 13th, 2019 Posted by Awareness, Blog 0 comments on “4 Ways to Avoid a Painkiller Addiction”

Medical professionals prescribe painkillers as a way to manage pain from an injury, surgery, or trauma. Painkillers are highly addictive opioids, such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Dilaudid, and Demerol. These medications are used to treat pain, short-term; however, opioids are also used for long-term illnesses such as cancer.

The opioid epidemic has been declared a national health emergency due to the staggering rise in opioid use, overdoses, and deaths. Eric D. Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services, determined in 2017 that a public health emergency exists nationwide.

Painkillers cause an intense euphoria from the release of dopamine in your brain. As more medication is taken, more tolerance builds up to achieve the euphoric effects. If you take the painkiller for a long time, you can develop a physical dependence on the drug. The physical dependency puts you at high risk of developing an opioid addiction.

Here are 4 ways to prevent an addiction to painkillers:

  1. Follow the doctor’s orders. If you are taking medication for pain, take the medication as directed by your doctor. When you take more painkillers, more often than prescribed, you put yourself at risk of developing a dependency or addiction.
  2. Seek alternatives. Talk to your doctor about alternatives to opioids. There are addictive medications that can alleviate pain. Check with your doctor for other options that can minimize discomfort.
  3. Ask yourself if you still need painkillers. If your pain is more manageable and you are experiencing less pain, talk to your doctor about discontinuing the medication. If you continue to use them, but no longer need them, you could be at risk of addiction.
  4. Think about other risks. Discuss other factors with your physician that may contribute to your risk of developing an addiction. Talk about your experiences with addiction to drugs or alcohol, or mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

People are dying due to opioid addiction. Opioid addiction can be prevented if you know the risk factors, act responsibly, and maintain communication with your physician. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. Addiction is treatable and there is hope in recovery. Get help today so you can enjoy a fulfilling, healthy life in sobriety.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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Discovering why Your Loved One is Addicted

March 12th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction 0 comments on “Discovering why Your Loved One is Addicted”

Addiction does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone from any background, social status, race, and gender. When your loved one is addicted, it can be difficult to understand why he or she developed an addiction. Some people are at higher risk of developing an addiction than others are. There are factors that contribute to a person developing an addiction. Genetics, family history, mental health, and environment are some of the reasons why some people are more susceptible to addiction.

Addiction has an inherited component, often runs in families, and can be passed down through generations. An article on genes and addictions by L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman for the Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health explains, “Addictions are moderately to highly heritable. Family, adoption, and twin studies reveal that an individual’s risk tends to be proportional to the degree of genetic relationship to an addicted relative.”

Environmental factors can contribute to someone’s substance abuse. Young adolescents who lack parental involvement or live in an abusive home might turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with their emotions. Teens are faced with peer pressure and can easily be influenced to experiment with drugs or alcohol to feel accepted.

Metabolism is another reason why some people develop an addiction. Each person absorbs and processes compounds differently and can determine the effect a drug will have on the body. (Medical News Today (2018).

Mental health conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety can increase the risk of developing an addiction or substance use disorder. Some individuals use drugs or alcohol as a way to cope, but certain substances increase depression and anxiety.

Alcohol is a depressant and increases symptoms of depression. Opioids are often prescribed after an illness, injury, or surgery to temporarily manage pain and recovery. Painkillers are addictive but safe when taken as prescribed. A person without any of the risk factors can also become addicted at any time.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. Addiction is complicated but is treatable. Take the first step toward a healthy, fulfilling, life in sobriety and get help today. There is hope in recovery.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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Getting Help for Benzodiazepine Abuse

March 11th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction 0 comments on “Getting Help for Benzodiazepine Abuse”

Benzodiazepines (benzos), such as Xanax are prescribed for those who struggle with anxiety disorders. Benzos are addictive and put a person at risk of developing an addiction. Benzos provide temporary relief from the symptoms of anxiety. Mental health management and therapy are a long-term solution to those who suffer from mental health problems.

People often self-medicate as an immediate fix to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. This includes using other drugs or alcohol to cope, which puts a person at risk of developing an addiction.

Although benzos provide an immediate calming effect, more of the medication is needed to replicate that feeling and puts a person at risk of overdose. The combination of tolerance and dependence makes it hard to quit without medical treatment. Just like alcohol, benzos can cause blackouts. A person does not need to be addicted to experience a blackout.

Young people often engage in risky, spontaneous, and harmful behavior. The risk of harmful behavior is increased when young people use benzos. This can include stealing, accidents, and rape. A blackout is anterograde amnesia, and prevents the brain from forming new memories. When a person has a blackout, the risk of it occurring again increases.

Xanax works quickly and is very effective when taken as prescribed. Taking Xanax without a prescription from a medical professional is illegal and dangerous. Fake Xan bars are tablets that look like Xanax but are actually a deadly combination of Xanax and fentanyl, a cheap synthetic opioid that is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine. Rather than risk an overdose or early death, young people need to get help for any underlying mental health conditions with a professional who can offer treatment.

In an article by BIll Melugin (2018) for FOX5, John Clark, chief security office for Pfizer said, “Almost 100 percent of what’s being sold out there is counterfeit.” He also stated, “They’re putting whatever they want into it, fentanyl, boric acid, whatever ingredients are available they’ll put into it and sell it as Xanax, if the intent is to kill kids then they’re doing a good job of it.”

Mental health disorders, such as anxiety, are common and treatable. If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health condition and substance use disorder or addiction, get help now. Both conditions must be treated as a dual diagnosis for success in recovery.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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Addicted to Crack Cocaine

March 8th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction 1 comment on “Addicted to Crack Cocaine”

Addiction does not discriminate and can happen to anyone. The risk of a person becoming addicted depends on the drug used, the duration of use, family history, genetics, and mental health. Crack cocaine, also known as crack, is a very addictive substance that is smoked, which causes immediate pleasurable feelings.

A person can become addicted to crack after one use. People who use crack often become engaged in risky, dangerous, and reckless behavior. Crack cocaine use can lead to severe health complications and death. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, (2013), “The effects are quick to be felt, peak quickly, and then end after only 2-20 minutes. Because the high is so short-lived, users often abuse crack in a binges. The binge and crash cycle of use adds to the risk of tolerance, dependence, and addiction.”

When a person is addicted to crack, he or she will experience changes in their physical health, mental health, and behavior. Physical signs of crack addiction include dilated pupils, weight loss, lack of appetite, and deterioration in physical appearance. Behavioral symptoms include lack of interest in activities, a decline in motivation, financial problems, and changes in relationships.

Some psychological signs can occur, such as irritability, aggression, mood changes, and paranoia just to name a few. Crack addiction can lead to financial complications, job loss, personal relationship issues, family problems, and even incarceration.

Behavioral therapies can be used to treat crack addiction. Some offer incentives to reward people for their drug abstinence. For example, the person suffering from addiction receives some type of reward for drug-free tests and reaches goals set by treatment professionals. The incentives are motivational and might include points that accumulate over a short time for a reward.

Other therapies help the patient to recognize potential triggers such as people associated with his or her drug use and places where it was used. Treatment can be tailored to each person’s unique individual needs. Treatment specialists can help identify a plan to help the patient cope, offer suggestions, and develop a plan for ongoing therapy after treatment ends.

Crack is a powerful, deadly drug, but addiction is treatable. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help now. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Get help today so you can enjoy a healthy, fulfilling, sober lifestyle in recovery.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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Suicide: The Hidden Risk of Addiction and Mental Health

March 7th, 2019 Posted by Awareness, Blog 0 comments on “Suicide: The Hidden Risk of Addiction and Mental Health”

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).”

It can be difficult for a person who suffers from addiction and mental health issues to ask for help. Tragically, the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health can make a person feel worthless, helpless, and hopeless. Addiction and mental health issues also affect the lives of loved ones.

There is no shame in reaching out when you experience unbearable pain and despair. Suicide is a hidden risk of addiction and mental health. Depression, PTSD, and other trauma-related disorders can lead to suicidal thoughts, which can be amplified with the use of drugs or alcohol. If left untreated, addiction and mental health issues can cause serious health complications or death.

People who appear happy, are wealthy, and in good health are not immune to suicidal thoughts. According to an article by Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. for Psychology Today, “Under the influence of drugs or alcohol, people may lose inhibitions and take risks they ordinarily would not. Additionally, many people abuse drugs or alcohol in an attempt to relieve the symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions.” The article also states that substance use disorders can increase the risk of a person dying by suicide. About one in three people who die by suicide are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

We can all take action to prevent suicide. According to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, “Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.”

Mental illness often coexists with a substance use disorder or addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition and addiction, get help now. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Get help today so you can live a healthy, fulfilling, sober life in recovery. There is no cure for addiction, but it is treatable.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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How to Heal When a Loved One is Addicted

March 6th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction 0 comments on “How to Heal When a Loved One is Addicted”

When a loved one is addicted, family and friends are affected. Relationships deteriorate and family members experience emotional stress and agony over their loved one’s addictive behavior. Addiction makes a person limit his or her time around loved ones, which results in long-term absences from special events. Guilt, shame, and low self-esteem are amplified from addiction, which can make your loved one feel isolated.

There are ways to help you heal when a loved one suffers from addiction or a substance use disorder. Learning that addiction is a complex disease is a good way to start. Go to AA or NA meetings and listen to what others say about their experiences with addiction. Meet people in similar circumstances. Join a forum online or a group on social media that relates to drug and alcohol addiction. Ask questions and get advice or suggestions from others.

Encourage your loved one to get help, and stay supportive. Addiction sometimes co-occurs with an underlying mental health issue. Using shameful words or a negative tone could contribute to your loved one continuing his or her harmful drug and alcohol use. Set boundaries to show your loved one what is off limits. Boundaries will teach him or her to respect your rules and space. Plan expectations in advance and follow through with consequences.

Make sure you keep communication open with your loved one and stay positive. Go to group therapy or family counseling together. Family and friends suffer a range of emotions from guilt, anger, frustration, and helplessness. Understand you cannot control your loved one’s behavior.

Addiction affects the individual who suffers from it and family and friends. A person cannot be forced into treatment and recovery, but he or she can be encouraged to get help with love, support, and encouragement from loved ones. If you or a loved one is battling addiction, do not wait to get help. Addiction is isolating, but treatment is available and there is hope in recovery. Do not suffer alone. Get help today to start a healthy life in sobriety.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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The Power of Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery

March 5th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Recover 0 comments on “The Power of Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery”

Addiction affects a person’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Drugs and alcohol take the brain hostage and interfere with reasoning, movement, feelings, and self-care. Holistic addiction treatment encompasses the mind, body, and soul. The focus on the mind helps clients engage in treatment and stay in the right mindset. Mindfulness is being present, aware, and participating consciously in your experiences as they happen.

A person cannot practice mindfulness until he or she goes through detox. Withdrawal symptoms occur when drug or alcohol use stops. In detox, a medical professional monitors withdrawal symptoms and can offer medication-assisted detox. Addiction clouds the mind with substances that control the brain’s function physically and mentally. The routine of addiction affects the way a person thinks, acts, and feels.

Every day, we are faced with people and things that make us feel. We cannot control how we feel, but we can control how we respond to our feelings. When you enter treatment, you need to be fully engaged and be in the right mindset for success in recovery. Developing an open mind will allow you to accept treatment and alter the central focus of addiction. An open mind will help establish a central focus on wellness, physical and mental health, sustainable relationships, and responsibility.

Depression, sadness, loneliness, or boredom tends to trigger craving and then substance use. Mindfulness teaches you to be aware of your emotions and respond differently. Mindfulness helps you to listen to your body. A clear mind allows you to focus on staying healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally. Mindfulness helps you relieve stress. Keeping a clear, open mind helps incorporate appropriate treatment to heal effectively without drugs or alcohol. A clear mind will help you to understand your feelings and reveal why you turned to drugs or alcohol in the first place. Mindfulness helps to identify any underlying mental health conditions, which are treatable.

An open mind allows you to form new, healthy ways to cope with anxiety, depression, and stress. Open-mindedness will help you embrace the efficacy of holistic treatments. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help now. While there is no cure for addiction, it is treatable and recovery is possible. Do not suffer alone. Get help today.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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How a Healthy Lifestyle Makes it Easier to Stay Sober

March 4th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Recover 0 comments on “How a Healthy Lifestyle Makes it Easier to Stay Sober”

Addiction is a complicated disease of the brain and causes self-destructive behavior, despite harmful consequences. The brain changes chemically and physiologically when a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol. A person becomes physically dependent on the drugs or alcohol and experiences painful withdrawals when he or she stops using them. Adopting a healthy lifestyle in recovery makes it easier to stay sober.

Since the brain changes with addiction, it takes time for the brain to learn how to function without drugs or alcohol. Everything associated with a person’s drug or alcohol use must change, including anything or anyone who is related to his or her substance use. Friends associated with drug or alcohol use can unintentionally influence or trigger a relapse. New, sober relationships can develop by attending group meetings. If you feel the urge to use drugs or take a drink, you can call on a sober friend who can talk you through those feelings.

Focusing on healthy activities in recovery will help with your sobriety. Substance abuse and addiction affect mental and physical health. According to an article by Bob Gaydos on addiction recovery for Times-Herald Record, “Recovering physically is a critical hedge against relapse. It is a vital part of the recovery process and establishing new, healthy lifestyle habits can lay the groundwork for years of healthy sobriety.”

When a person is active, he or she will have less time to think about using drugs or alcohol. Staying active lessens the risk of boredom and promotes mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Another way to cope with lifestyle changes involves keeping a journal. It allows you to reflect on your progress and see how you managed emotions and challenges in early recovery. Developing new routines will replace old habits and helps you to avoid triggers. New, sober, sustainable friendships will make it easier to enjoy healthy interests and activities while living substance free.

Recovery is a lifelong process. If you or a loved one suffers from addiction, get help now. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Take the first step to a healthy, new sober lifestyle and start your journey to recovery today.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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The Urgent Need for First Responders to Get Help for PTSD

March 1st, 2019 Posted by Blog, Treatment 0 comments on “The Urgent Need for First Responders to Get Help for PTSD”

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.”

Addiction does not discriminate and can happen to anyone. This includes people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic statuses. Addiction also happens to people who work in all professions. First responders are vulnerable to having PTSD, depression, and anxiety, which can lead to substance abuse, addiction, or suicide.

Tragically, shame and stigma surround mental health within professions that prioritize bravery and toughness. In an article by Elizabeth Fry, FOX13 News (2018) on the number of first responders who die by suicide, Clara Reynolds, CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay stated, “They see things that none of us really ever want to see or have to experience. So to know that they’re going from call to call to call that can really add up and take such a huge toll on them.”

According to the Ruderman Family Foundation, first responders are at higher risk of dying by suicide than in the line of duty. “In 2017, there were at least 103 firefighter suicides and 140 police officer suicides. In contrast, 93 firefighters and 129 police officers died in the line of duty.”

Substance use disorders and PTSD often coexist and can be treated as a dual diagnosis. People suffering from PTSD might have flashbacks and relive the event repeatedly. They may avoid certain places or people and can be easily startled and have angry outbursts.

Mental health is particularly important to study in the context of disasters, because often in tragic events, loved ones are lost suddenly, horrifically, and unexpectedly.

It can be difficult to ask for help, but you are not alone. If you or a loved one is suffering from a PTSD and a substance use disorder or addiction, get help now. PTSD and a co-occurring substance use disorder or addiction is treatable and recovery is possible. Make the life-saving decision to get help today.

Serenity Springs Recovery Center focuses on rejuvenating men’s holistic spirit for success in addiction recovery. Our unique dual-diagnosis treatment program with a 12-step completion model helps men change their lives inside and out. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life in sobriety. For information, call (386) 423-4540

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