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What to Expect the First Week Out of Rehabilitation Center

Posted on Oct 18, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

What to Expect the First Week Out of Rehabilitation Center

So you’ve done the first hard steps. You recognized you have a problem. You sought help. You went through physical and mental withdrawal. You wrestled with the emotional demons that drew you to substance abuse. Now you’re leaving the facility sober and ready to face the world. The hard part is over, right? In some ways yes, in some ways no. The first stage of recovery is the most intense, but without being on your guard and properly prepared, the difficulties of the second stage of recovery can sneak up on you. Here are some difficulties in...

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What to Expect During Detox

Posted on Oct 6, 2017 in Blog, Detox | 0 comments

What to Expect During Detox

If you are dependent on a substance, the first few days after giving it up can be intimidating. Knowing what to expect in detox can prepare you mentally and reassure you that you are not the first to go through this. Many people have experienced the same symptoms and come through it. Be reassured that detox does not last forever. There are stages, and some of the stages are hard. But stages end. You can become, and stay, sober. If you are a friend or loved one of someone struggling with addiction, it can be hard to watch them enter into the...

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Opiate Addiction in Louisiana

Posted on Sep 27, 2017 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

Opiate Addiction in Louisiana

“We lose a Vietnam War every single year to drug overdoses,” said Tom Price, US Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Opiate Epidemic in the U.S. For Americans under fifty, drug overdose is now the leading cause of death. In 2016, 59,000 to 65,000 people in the US died from overdoses. Data suggests that drug-related deaths rose almost twenty percent in 2015, and now in 2017 the problem is even worse. Here are a series of maps which show how drug overdose fatality has grown in the US over the years. The New York Times explores reasons...

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What Can Genetic Assay Testing Tell Us about Addiction?

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

What Can Genetic Assay Testing Tell Us about Addiction?

What is Genetic Assay Testing? “Assay” is a fancy science word that means “test.” This test examines a group of genes that may affect your body’s ability to benefit from certain medications—mainly mental health medications. The test works by looking at a group of genes that are specifically affected by mental health treatments. What is the purpose of the test? Anyone who’s ever taken any kind of medicine knows how frustrating and demoralizing it can be to start a new med only to suffer from side effects. Your doctor might change the dosage to...

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Using Meditation for Recovery

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Using Meditation for Recovery

Addiction involves both the mind and the body. That’s why treating addiction is never simple. If only the physical aspect of addiction is addressed and not the underlying emotional and mental issues, recovery will not be successful. If only the mind is treated, and not the body, that’s not good either. The best way to fight addiction is to fight it physically and mentally—which is why meditation can be a useful resource. Meditation has a plethora of health benefits, including: Improved concentration Better self-awareness Reduced stress Better...

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Stop Saying Should: Exercise and Recovery

Posted on Aug 14, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Stop Saying Should: Exercise and Recovery

When going through a particularly difficult time in life, no one wants to hear the advice “You should exercise.” We’ve all heard that exercise releases endorphins that give pleasant feelings known as “a natural high.” We know that exercise not only makes bodies stronger, but that it’s also mood-boosting and improves our outlook on life. We know these things, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find the motivation to exercise. We all know we should exercise, but those in recovery are already hearing a lot of “shoulds” about healthier life...

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17 Health Problems Linked to Alcohol Abuse

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 in Alcoholism, Blog | 0 comments

17 Health Problems Linked to Alcohol Abuse

In addition to causing difficulties in your relationships with family and friends, alcohol abuse can take a severe toll on your physical health. The full effects of long term alcohol abuse on the human body are still unknown, but researchers have been able to link heavy drinking to a number of serious medical issues. 1. Anemia Anemia is characterized by an abnormally low number of oxygen carrying red blood cells. When someone is anemic, they will experience symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, chest pain, and pale or...

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A Dysfunctional Marriage: Addiction and Depression

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 in Addiction, Blog | 0 comments

A Dysfunctional Marriage: Addiction and Depression

Depression and addiction have been described as a married couple who bring out the worst in each other but can’t live apart. Professionals have various perspectives about which comes first—depression or addiction. It’s a “the chicken or the egg” situation. But experts agree that depression and addiction often go hand in hand. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry estimates that at least a third of adults who struggle with addiction also struggle with depression. Dual Diagnosis Many people turn to substances to numb pain, whether it’s pain from...

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Getting Your Hands Dirty: Art Therapy and Recovery

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Getting Your Hands Dirty: Art Therapy and Recovery

Imagine a man who is not comfortable expressing himself verbally. The traditional approach of group meetings or talking-based counseling doesn’t work well for him. However, when given a paintbrush, the man expresses his pain from years of alcohol addiction and hope for the future through colors, shapes, and images. Because addiction can be brought on by many things—childhood trauma, PTSD, depression—it makes sense that what works for one person in therapy might not work for another. And that’s where visual art therapy can help. What is visual...

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Rewriting Stories: Using Creative Writing in Recovery, Part 2

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 in Blog, Recovery | 0 comments

Rewriting Stories: Using Creative Writing in Recovery, Part 2

A previous post discussed the reasons why writing can be helpful to those in recovery. This post gives a few more specific exercises for writing memoir and poetry. They can be used by oneself or in a group meeting. Because writing is highly personal, writers can choose to share or not share their work in group settings. Notice that a lot of these exercises can be structured to be about recovery, but they don’t have to be. Sometimes it is helpful to write about recovery, but sometimes those who struggle with addiction need to think about other...

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