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How to Get into Rehab in 24 Hours

Addictions do not get better without supportive help. Substance abuse and substance dependence are serious issues that impact both health and emotional wellbeing. If you or someone you love needs rehab care, we can connect you with treatment options and help you get there now.

Questions to Ask Any Rehab Program

Not every addiction rehab program is alike. The quality of rehab can vary greatly from one treatment center to the next. You want to choose wisely, because the quality of your rehab program and counseling professionals can really impact your outcome. The following are questions that you may want to consider:

 
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October 30th, 2018|Treatment

Gaming Addiction

Video games are among the most profitable and widespread forms of entertainment worldwide. Most games offer an escape from reality and allow players to experience new and impossible experiences.

Newer games offer online interaction, and newer video games are a far cry from the games of the 1980s. Now games are richer through the talents of programmers, graphic designers, special effects professionals, and even their own musical scores. All of these additions could make gaming a very tempting escape from normal life.

If you only picture teenage boys when you think of gaming, think again. Video gaming is a common part of modern life. Recent statistics show:

  • Approximately 64% of all U.S. households own a video game device that is separate from a computer or phone that also provides games.
  • An estimated 55% of gamers are men, while up to 45% of gamers are women.
  • Gaming impacts people of all ages. The average age of male video game players is 32, while the average female game player is 36. These average ages are calculated on a wide age range.
  • In 2017, people in the United States spend over $36 billion dollars on video games.1

With numbers like these, it is easy to see why gaming addiction […]

October 25th, 2018|Addiction
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    How the Legalization of Marijuana Has Changed Drug Education

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How the Legalization of Marijuana Has Changed Drug Education

The legalization of marijuana in several states and the drug’s acceptance in much of the western world has changed the way the US school system is approaching drug education. While schools and anti-drug programs in the past tended to use scare tactics and harsh language around drugs and their side effects, program leaders are now incorporating more objective messaging around marijuana use among teenagers.

Drug education today looks much different than it did 20 or even 10 years ago, and includes the following changes.

“Don’t” Is Now “Delay”

Classroom teacher with studentsWith so many adults openly using marijuana both medically and recreationally, it would be hypocritical and potentially more damaging for educators to act as if completely abstaining from the drug is realistic for most people.

The Being Adept curriculum, which has been used in about 20 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, emphasizes delaying marijuana use, rather than refraining from it. The instructors don’t forbid marijuana, but rather share about the potential brain damage it can cause if used during the adolescent years, and the risk for triggering neurological changes that can lead to addiction.1 Their message is that it may be beneficial for […]

October 12th, 2018|Drug Abuse

Careers in Addiction Recovery: What You Need to Know

If you find yourself searching for the right career path or in need of a strong purpose in life, becoming part of the addiction-treatment community might be worth considering. Careers in the addiction recovery field are in great demand, often because the rate of turnover can be high.

Studies show that one in three substance abuse counselors in American treatment facilities leave their jobs annually, so people wanting a career in addiction recovery are always in high demand.1 Knowing something about the role professionals play in the recovery process can help you decide if a career in addiction recovery medicine and related services is right for you.

Counselors, Therapists and Doctors

The primary job that comes to mind when people think of recovery is the addiction counselor. Some addiction counselors are licensed psychiatrists and others have a master’s degree in counseling with a concentration in substance abuse or addiction. Both psychologists and psychiatrists are employed by hospitals, treatment facilities or work in private practice, and each play a specific role in the addiction recovery process.

Psychologists focus on understanding the cause of addiction through talk therapy and help those in recovery learn coping strategies for […]

October 6th, 2018|Recovery
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    Depression Outpatient Programs: Value, Success Rates and Flexibility

Depression Outpatient Programs: Value, Success Rates and Flexibility

For the more than 17 million Americans living with depression, outpatient depression treatment may be the farthest thing from their minds. Many don’t believe that theirs is a problem that would be improved by treatment, and those who know that their depression is hurting their lives don’t know where to go to receive help.

The few who know about inpatient and outpatient depression treatment programs may feel intimidated by the potential cost of treatment and explore no further. But for those who take the time to discover how simple it is to find depression treatment help, the benefits can change the course of their illness.

Different types of depression may benefit more from different types of depression treatment. You can choose a more intensive program at a center dedicated to the treatment of depression on an outpatient basis or use the building blocks of support groups, personal therapy, group therapy, homeopathy and Western medicine to create your own unique plan. No matter what you’re looking for in depression treatment, we are here to help.
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July 30th, 2018|Treatment
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    Interventions With Heart: Tough Love May Save Your Child’s Life

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Interventions With Heart: Tough Love May Save Your Child’s Life

In an ideal family, parents provide their children with unconditional and consistent care and love. The hope is that parents accept their children just as they are, and provide those children with a safe place to land if they make mistakes. The door is always open to the child, no matter what that child may do.

But let’s be clear about this ideal: The most successful families have healthy boundaries. Unconditional love is not an open invitation or open acceptance for a teen or young adult to continue a drug or alcohol addiction without accepting treatment. “Tough love” is still love, and healthy rules and boundaries can help save a child you care about.
 

What Can Parents Do When An Adult Child is Addicted?

Before you fall into a cycle of feeling shame or guilt, know that parents cannot hold all of the blame for an adult child’s addiction. Parents can have greater control over adolescents than adults, which may enable parents to insist upon treatment with greater success, but even then, a child makes his or her own choices to some extent. Addiction is a physical and mental condition that can be blamed on a […]

July 30th, 2018|Intervention

The Therapeutic Benefits of Humor in Addiction Counseling

By Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

When Norman Cousins suffered from a debilitating illness of his immune system, doctors predicted that he would not be alive very long. In physical pain every waking moment, Cousins checked himself out of the hospital, and prescribed comedy tapes as his medicine. Cousins discovered that for every 10 minutes he laughed, he had two hours of pain-free sleep. He lived 16 years longer than doctors predicted, and his story is chronicled in the book Anatomy of an Illness, which focuses on the therapeutic benefits of laughter.

According to Cousins:

  • Laughter releases endorphins in the brain that fight physical pain. This means that laughter is good for chemically dependent clients experiencing withdrawal.
  • Laughter protects our immune systems.
  • Laughter increases antibodies that fight infection.
  • Laughter increases natural killer cell activity. Natural killer cells attack cancerous cells in the body.
  • Laughter decreases stress.
  • Laughter activates neurochemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, and thus acts as an antidepressant.

The Therapeutic Benefits of Humor in Addiction Counseling

July 3rd, 2018|Addiction

Outpatient PTSD Treatment

Traumatic events happen every day. For some people, time is enough to heal the fears and emotional upset caused by either experiencing or witnessing trauma, but for others, months and even years pass and they are still haunted by the incident. When this is accompanied by aggressive and disruptive mental health symptoms, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be the issue and treatment may be necessary. (more…)

May 2nd, 2018|Treatment

Signs and Symptoms of Work Addiction

Work addiction is a process addiction. A process addiction is an addiction to certain behaviors or processes that alter mood and brain chemistry. The term addiction encompasses any recurring compulsion or obsession by an individual despite negative consequences in their life and an inability to cease the activity and end it permanently. It becomes a problem when there is no balance and boundaries are weak.

As with drug and alcohol addiction, usually a bottom has to be reached before the individual will realize there is a problem especially when someone who overworks is much more rewarded by society than a heroin addict. A work addiction type is actually a manifestation of any number of underlying emotional and psychological issues. (more…)

April 26th, 2018|Addiction

PTSD, EMDR & CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) have been found to be equally effective forms of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

CBT works by attempting to change the way a trauma victim feels and acts by changing the patterns of thinking and the behavior responsible for negative emotions. CBT has been proven to be an effective treatment for PTSD and is currently considered the standard of care for PTSD by the US Department of Defense. In CBT, individuals learn to identify thoughts that make them feel afraid or upset and to replace those thoughts with less distressing ones. The goal is to understand how certain thoughts cause PTSD-related stress. Recent research on EMDR and CBT suggests that they may produce results comparable to some older and more commonly used therapies.

Exposure Therapy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Exposure therapy is a type of CBT that involves assisting trauma survivors to re-experience distressing trauma-related memories and reminders. This re-experiencing helps patients emotionally process the traumatic memory through imagined confrontation with memories and real-life exposure to trauma reminders. Exposure therapy may be a necessary part of PTSD treatment, and organizations like the […]

April 24th, 2018|Treatment