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Coronavirus Outbreak: Advice For Staying Sober During Quarantine

May 2nd, 2020 Posted by Alcohol, Disease of Addiction, Opioid Epidemic, Relapse Prevention 0 comments on “Coronavirus Outbreak: Advice For Staying Sober During Quarantine”

With less access to the outside world during the Coronavirus Outbreak, it can be easy to fall back on old habits. You’re stuck at home all day. Maybe you’re in close quarters with someone who’s a bad influence. Maybe you’re just in close quarters with yourself. Sobriety is a difficult process on a good day, when all the stores are open and you can distract yourself with work, classes, or just the outside world. Under quarantine, we’re more restricted.

Whatever your specific situation, what’s important to keep in mind right now is that there are practical steps you can take for staying sober during the coronavirus outbreak.

Self-Care

The worldwide Coronavirus epidemic is unprecedented, at least in recent years. Under all of these new stresses, it’s more important than it’s ever been to take care of yourself.

Take a few moments throughout the day to relax, groom and rest. Enjoy a long bath or even a shower or two. Catch up on your reading, or unwind with a good movie (or three). Don’t be too hard on yourself – take some time to enjoy things the way a kid might enjoy them. After all, you’ve got all the time in the world, right now. Why not enjoy it?

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Set (and Reach) New Goals, Every Day

One of the biggest changes with all of this inactivity is how easy it can be to become lazy when you sit at home all day. This might go on for weeks and months, depending on where you live, so it’s important to get a handle on it, early.

A good way to get things done is to look for things to do. Set goals for yourself, every day, even if they’re silly or unimportant. Organize your sock drawer. Get out in the yard to pull up some weeds. Frame that old painting or fix your squeaking bed frame. Whatever the task, decide to do it at the beginning of the day.

Be Helpful

It’s recommended for everyone to stay at home throughout the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak. But you can still lend a hand to elderly or at-risk members of your family or community. Offer to go grocery shopping for them. Skype call in and ask them about their days.

One of the best ways there is to stay focused on your own health is to offer services to others. Find ways to be helpful to your friends, family and neighbors, and you’ll not only fill up your day, but give yourself purpose so that you’re not distracted by your own cravings.

Staying Sober During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Staying sober during the Coronavirus outbreak, much like staying sober in general, isn’t easy. It takes hard work, self-awareness, and a lot of self-discipline. The good news is, however, that it’s not a question of if but how you’re going to get the work done. With the right mindset, a healthy home environment, and some solid communication, you can turn this challenge into an opportunity and continue to do right by yourself.

Is Coronavirus challenging your recovery process? Ready to make a commitment and take back your sobriety? Visit Serenity Springs Recovery Center, today, to find out more about our services. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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The Most Addictive Drugs

April 23rd, 2020 Posted by Disease of Addiction, Opioid Epidemic, Relapse Prevention 0 comments on “The Most Addictive Drugs”

It’s estimated that more than 21 million Americans are currently in the process of fighting a substance use disorder of some sort. Not only that, but with new drugs hitting the market every year, and experimentation with different combinations of substances, a clear recovery method isn’t always clear. After all, drugs are often made imprecisely to begin with. Then you’re admitted to recovery, addicted to a very specific combination of cocaine, heroine, fentanyl or something else, and there are dozens of different factors at play.

But let’s keep it simple. What are the most addictive drugs out there? Join us, today, as we take a closer look.

Heroin

With a dependence rating or 2.89, Heroin is widely known as one of the most addictive drugs in the world. It has the ability to quickly reach the brain, producing surges euphoria in a flash. It’s because of this reason that it’s still as widely used as it is, despite its publicized health risks.

Heroin prompts the brain to halt production of reward feelings, instead rewarding the user itself with an intense dopamine rush. After a time, however, the user will feel like they can’t experience good feelings without the drug. This is where the addiction factor comes in. Throw in some pretty severe physical withdrawal symptoms, and there’s a reason for Heroin’s bad reputation.

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Crack Cocaine

Following closely behind heroin, crack cocaine has a dependence rating of around 2.8. This is largely due to it being the purest and most potent form of cocaine available. It functions in a similar way to heroin, activating your reward systems, and flooding the body with dopamine. Crack is usually smoked, allowing it to reach the brain faster than being snorted like cocaine.

It also only lasts for about 15 minutes, leading many people to chase one hit with several more, in order to sustain their high. This leads to a rapid onset of addiction, often immediately following first-time use.

Nicotine

Any time anybody’s ever told you cigarettes are more addictive than hard drugs, this is the number they were talking about. With a dependence rating of 2.82, tobacco is extremely addictive. It actually tops out many other hard drugs in creating a dependency among those who use it. With over 30 million smokers trying to quit, every year, a staggering 85% of them will relapse.

Of course, nicotine withdrawal isn’t something many people go to rehabilitation for. It’s a habit with multiple far-reaching implications for your health, though. Combined with its extremely addictive design, it’s well worth considering before ever trying, and working hard to quit if you are already addicted.

Methadone

Our last entry into today’s list is methdadone, with its own dependency rate or 2.68. Methadone is interesting, when compared to other drugs, because it actually has a place in the treatment of various other drug addictions. A popular treatment for heroin or morphine addiction, it’s the user’s tolerance to this drug that makes it beneficial. The risk for addiction, here, is much lower, but it must be used as prescribed and under strict medical supervision. Otherwise, it’s fully realistic to assume that anybody using this medication recreationally could become addicted.

As a final note, Methadone withdrawal should be looked at before ever trying to use it recreationally. Painful and difficult, this process may well last for longer than a month at a time, which is extremely difficult for someone trying to clean up.

There Are Rehabilitation Options, Even With Addictive Drugs

Struggling with addiction and ready to make a change? Intensive programs like those on offer from Serenity Springs Recovery Center have a measurable impact on alcohol recovery, and are available to help you. Visit us today to find out more!

Avoiding Relapse and Temptation in Recovery

March 31st, 2019 Posted by Awareness, Blog, Disease of Addiction, Relapse Prevention 0 comments on “Avoiding Relapse and Temptation in 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. (more…)

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