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Lapse and Relapse

Lapses and Relapses happen to most people who stop using their substance of choice, and it does not mean the end of the recovery process or that the person has failed (though many define this as a failure to themselves).

If you are struggling with sobriety in any form, thinking that you have failed after a lapse or relapse is normal and it does not make you a weak person. In fact your thought says you are human. No recovery, for any person, is perfect and no one can delineate how recovery is going to go for any particular person. Some achieve recovery and never engage in their addiction again, even though they always think about it. Others still achieve recovery, but on a road that presents many challenging.

Yes, there is always a chance of lapse or relapse, for all who embark on the recovery journey. In the definition of “lapse,”

  1. a temporary failure of concentration, memory, or judgment.

synonyms: failure, failing, slip, error, mistake, blunder, fault, omission, hiccup; slip-up

If you pay attention, the first word TEMPORARY. Also, read the synonyms. Although “failure” sounds terrible, the words “mistake,” “hiccup,” or “slip-up” makes this error very human. A lapse is simply what the definition says – a temporary breach in recovery, which is totally reversible.

What the definition of relapse says?

  1. (of someone suffering from a disease) suffer deterioration after a period of improvement.

synonyms: get ill/worse again, have/suffer a relapse, deteriorate, degenerate, take a turn for the worse

Although the definition of relapse sounds much more unpromising, as you read words like “deteriorate,” or “take a turn for the worse,” just like a lapse, relapse is reversible. Just understand that it means you need to reach out, and you need to get help. There is always help and always hope. Just keep going and keep following your path. Addiction treatment practitioners can help you develop coping strategies and build networks so that you can learn from the experience of others and do things differently next time. Long term abstinence is possible but it can be challenging to achieve and could possibly require several attempts.

At Florida Center for Recovery, our Chronic Relapse Program is designed for individuals who have struggled to maintain recovery despite their previous attempts in treatment. We assess each client’s high-risk situations and develop individualized treatment plans.

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What You Should Know About Using Cannabis, Including CBD, When Pregnant or Breastfeeding

Cannabis and Cannabis-derived products have become increasingly available in recent years, with new and different types of products appearing all the time. These products raise questions and concerns for many consumers. And if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you might have more questions about whether these products are safe for you.

FDA strongly advises against the use of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and marijuana in any form during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

What are cannabis, marijuana, hemp, THC and CBD?

Cannabis is a plant of the Cannabaceae family and contains more than eighty biologically active chemical compounds. The most commonly known compounds are THC and CBD. One type of cannabis plant is marijuana, which contains varying levels of THC, the compound that produces the “high” that is often associated with marijuana. Another type of cannabis plant is hemp. Hemp plants contain extremely low amounts of THC. CBD, which does not produce a “high,” can be derived from either marijuana or hemp.

We are now seeing CBD-containing products everywhere. CBD can be found in many different products, like drugs, foods, products marketed as dietary supplements, and cosmetics. These products often make questionable health promises about CBD.

FDA wants you to know there may be serious risks to using cannabis products, including those containing CBD, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What do we know about the effects of marijuana use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?

There are many potential negative health effects of using marijuana and other products containing THC during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General recently advised consumers that marijuana use during pregnancy may affect fetal brain development because THC can enter the fetal brain from the mother’s bloodstream. The Surgeon General also advised that marijuana may increase the risk of a newborn with low birth weight. Research also suggests an increased risk of premature birth and potentially stillbirth1.

While breastfeeding, it is important to know that breastmilk can contain THC for up to six days after use. This THC may affect a newborn’s brain development and result in hyperactivity, poor cognitive function, and other long-term consequences.

Additionally, marijuana smoke contains many of the same harmful components as tobacco smoke. Neither marijuana nor tobacco products should be smoked around a baby or children.

What do we know about the effects of CBD use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?

There is no comprehensive research studying the effects of CBD on the developing fetus, pregnant mother, or breastfed baby. FDA is continuing to collect and study the data on the possible harmful effects of CBD during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. However, based on what we do know, there is a significant cause for concern.

High doses of CBD in pregnant test animals have caused problems with the reproductive system of developing male fetuses2 . In addition, based on what we already know about CBD, we expect that some amount of CBD will be transferred to babies through breast milk.

We also know that there is a potential for CBD products to be contaminated with substances that may pose a risk to the fetus or breastfed baby, including THC. We have also heard reports of CBD potentially containing other contaminants (e.g., pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, and fungus); we are investigating this.

Moreover, CBD has known risks for people in general. Based on clinical studies in humans, risks can include the following:

  • liver toxicity (damage)
  • extreme sleepiness
  • harmful interactions with other drugs

FDA is studying the effects of CBD use from different angles, such as: (1) the use of CBD-containing products, like food, cosmetics, or supplements, over a person’s entire life; and (2) the effects of using these various products in combination. There are many unanswered questions about the science, safety, and quality of products containing CBD.

We especially want to learn more about the effects of CBD during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including, for example, whether and to what extent the presence of CBD in human milk harms the breastfed baby or the mother’s milk production.

Has FDA approved any CBD products and are there any benefits?

FDA has not approved any CBD products except for one prescription drug to treat rare, severe forms of seizure disorders in children. It is still unclear whether CBD has any other benefits.

Other than the one approved prescription drug, CBD products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for use as drug products. This means that we do not know:

  • if they are safe and effective to treat a particular disease
  • what, if any, dosage may be considered safe
  • how they could interact with other drugs or foods
  • whether they have dangerous side effects or other safety concerns

The clinical studies that supported the approval of the one available CBD drug product identified risks related to the use of CBD, including liver toxicity (damage), extreme sleepiness, and harmful interactions with other drugs.

What about hemp seeds?

FDA recently completed an evaluation of some hemp seed-derived food ingredients and had no objections to the use of these ingredients in foods. THC and CBD are found mainly in hemp flowers, leaves, and stems, not in hemp seeds. Hemp seeds can pick up miniscule amounts of THC and CBD from contact with other plant parts, but these amounts are low enough to not raise concerns for any group, including pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

What should you remember about using cannabis or cannabis-derived products?

If you are considering using cannabis, or any products containing THC or CBD, you should be aware of the following:

  • FDA strongly advises that during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, you avoid using CBD, THC, or marijuana in any form.
  • Although many of these products are being sold, FDA has not approved these products, other than one prescription CBD drug product and two prescription drug products containing dronabinol, a synthetic version of THC (which are approved to treat certain side effects of HIV-AIDS or chemotherapy). All three of these prescription products have associated risks and side effects.
  • Always talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist before taking any medicines, vitamins, or herbs while pregnant or breastfeeding

  1. https://drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/can-marijuana-use-during-pregnancy-harm-baby
  2. Dalterio SL, deRooij DG. Maternal cannabinoid exposure. Effects on spermatogenesis in male offspring. Int J Androl. 1986 Aug;9(4):

Reference: The article above on its entirety is courtesy of https://www.fda.gov

addiction to dabbing

Addiction to Dabbing

When a person dabs, that person inhales concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products through butane extraction. Thus, dabs are just highly concentrated THC oil extracted from marijuana plants. Therefore, an addiction to dabbing is like a more serious marijuana addiction. 

The use of butane hash oil (BHO) products and the modification of cannabis is not a new phenomenon, but dabbing has recently moved from relative obscurity to the news headlines, leaving many curious about its effects and making doctors concerned.

What is Butane Hash Oil?

A cannabis extract that people make through an extraction process that uses butane as the primary solvent is butane hash oil (BHO) A cannabis extract that people make through an extraction process that uses butane as the primary solvent is butane hash oil (BHO). Another name for butane hash oil is “hash.” The type of concentrate that individuals produce from BHO depends on the strain and apparatus. 

There are several types: badder, wax, crumble sauce shatter, etc., each with its own consistency and texture. The type of butane hash oil all depends on the processes that people apply to the marijuana plant material that’s extracted at any given moment. 

How Do You Create Butane Hash Oil?

Butane producers first use butane as a solvent to produce BHO. They do this by vaporizing the liquid and then passing it through an apparatus with a tared filter attached. One end captures any remaining solvents while allowing cannabis oil to pass into the other chamber where it can be collected for further processing. 

In the butane purification process, the solvents are evaporated off until they no longer pose health risks or leave behind undesirable tastes in the extracted product. This includes tastes such as tar-like flavorings from ash residue like when smoking marijuana flower buds traditionally. The consistency of Butane Hash Oil (BHO) derives primarily from production techniques used throughout the extraction process.

How Strong are Dabs?

Dabs are a lot stronger than dried marijuana, which on average, has a THC content of 12% – 13%. The average marijuana extract contains more than 50% THC, with some samples exceeding 80%.

These trends raise concerns that the consequences of marijuana use could be worse than in the past. The reason is that THC and other chemicals are more potent in marijuana extracts than in regular marijuana, making the side effects of dabbing more powerful than those from smoking weed. 

People sometimes refer to dabs as the crack of cannabis. Thus, if you’re asking yourself if is dabbing addictive, the answer is, yes, developing an addiction to dabbing is very possible. 

How Do People Consume Marijuana Dabs?

People can dab in a number of different ways, the two most popular methods of dabbing are by smoking and ingesting the substance. People can dab in a number of different ways, the two most popular methods of dabbing are by smoking and ingesting the substance. Smoking dabs is more typical. This is because people associate smoking marijuana-based substances with recreation more than they do ingesting marijuana-based substances. In fact, many people associate ingesting marijuana-based substances with using it for medicinal purposes. 

There’s always the option of adding flavoring to dabs or mixing the dabbing substance into foods. This makes the marijuana-like substance more appealing than consuming it by other means such as by pure inhalation like it is done when smoking it through water pipes or bongs.

People can smoke dabs with bongs or vaporizers. People most often consume dabs by adding them to an oil pipe though. Consuming dabs by adding them to an oil pipe heats up a small amount of dab instead of (for example) burning a whole joint at once (which would result in wasting weed). Vaporizers are gaining more popularity due to their portability and the ability to effectively allow public smoking of marijuana.

Dabbing has distinct advantages over normal marijuana for users, other than its obvious increased potency. Dab smoke dissipates quickly and the substance is nearly odorless. 

Consequences of an Addiction to Dabbing

In short, dabbing could cause increased marijuana addiction and dependence rates due to its high THC content. Dabbing is a relatively new phenomenon that seems to be carrying more and more risks.

Early exposure to drugs and alcohol, such as using marijuana as a teenager or dabbing in young adulthood can have detrimental effects on the development of the brain. One study found that individuals reported higher tolerance and withdrawal symptoms from dabs. This indicates that dabbing can lead to dependence and addiction.  

The ability to become more and more dependent on dabbing has to do with the potency of dabs in comparison to regular marijuana usage. The effects of dabbing also include higher incidences of falls, accidents, and passing out.

Other side effects of dabbing can include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Blackouts
  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Hindered cognitive abilities
  • Insomnia

Dabbing is a new phenomenon. Thus, there aren’t many studies available on the long-term effects of dabbing yet. Inhaling too much butane can be lethal, but it rarely results in death. In most cases, ingesting a large dose of BHO can lead to vomiting, anxiety, or paranoia.

Because of how people process the marijuana-based substance, there are many dangers that people associate with dabbing. For example, pressing butane through glass pipes to extract the oil while creating BHO can cause explosions. 

The lack of research regarding the physical effects of dabbing present plenty of concerns in the medical community. In a 2015 study, over 80% of selected marijuana extracts were contaminated with pesticides or poisonous solvents leftover from the dabbing extraction process.

Other Unknown Effects of Dabbing

There are very few studies regarding concentrated THC oil. Even among supporters of marijuana use, there is controversy regarding the use of the substance’s more potent dabs. 

Marijuana affects brain chemistry significantly. At higher concentrations over prolonged periods of use, marijuana could present unknown, long-term negative effects. 

Consuming higher concentrations of marijuana through dabbing can negatively affect many different body systems. This is especially true since people filter and process the dabbing chemical. When people dab, the substance reaches the respiratory system and then travels immediately to the bloodstream.

There is concern over whether people can leave butane in the final dabbing substance. Even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consider small amounts of butane consumption safe, the FDA doesn’t suggest consuming it. Many states have different butane use limits.

Producing butane hash oil is dangerous because it can be highly flammable and volatile. There are risks when inexperienced technicians try to make their own BHO. Using unsafe equipment to make BHO without fully understanding how the chemical behaves could lead to a blast. Something like that could destroy any nearby buildings or even cause serious injury. 

Is Dabbing Addictive?

So what makes a particular habit or substance addiction? No use of psychoactive substances is risk-free. Plus, generally using drugs to deal with a chronic condition is more likely to lead to addiction problems. 

When people that use highly concentrated THC products attempt to quit, the withdrawal symptoms that they’ll have to manage could be challenging without professional help. Seeking help for an addiction to dabbing at a formal rehab center is often the best course to begin a successful drug-free life.

Signs of an Addiction to Dabbing

  • Continuously abusing dabs even though it is causing negative effects to one’s relationships or work
  • Not wanting to quit dabbing due to experiencing withdrawals
  • Craving dabs
  • Needing to use marijuana despite a dangerous situation
  • Attempting to slow down on dab abuse, but being unsuccessful
  • Still abusing dabs even after having negative mental health experiences such as anxiety or depression
  • Inability to fulfill responsibilities due to dab drug abuse
  • Increasing the size of dabs due to increased tolerance

Treatment for an Addiction to Dabbing

People can treat a cannabis addiction just like they can any other substance addiction, through professional addiction treatment at a rehab facility. People can treat a cannabis addiction just like they can any other substance addiction, through professional addiction treatment at a rehab facility. Addiction therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and contingency management are all great tools to help individuals overcome an addiction to dabbing or even just an addiction to cannabis. Taking part in the addiction therapies that we just mentioned can even help individuals avoid relapsing from an addiction to dabbing or cannabis.

Addiction treatment programs offered by Florida Center for Recovery offer many, if not all, of the addiction therapies that help treat an addiction to dabbing and cannabis. People often consider a cannabis addiction to be more of a psychological addiction than a physical one. Because there are withdrawals that people associate with an addiction to dabbing, individuals looking to overcome their dabbing addictions should detox prior to receiving addiction treatment at a rehab center.

Inpatient Treatment for an Addiction to Dabbing

Addiction treatment specialists recommend that individuals with severe substance addictions receive inpatient treatment. Individuals that attend inpatient treatment live at rehab facilities 24/7. 

Outpatient Treatment for an Addiction to Dabbing

Outpatient addiction treatment offers many of the same services and therapies as inpatient addiction treatment. However, an outpatient program will allow an individual to get help and still reside at home in the evenings.

There are many different types of outpatient programs. People can structure their outpatient programs around work or school schedules. Therefore, an individual that receives outpatient treatment for an addiction to dabbing won’t have to stop working or taking care of his or her normal day-to-day responsibilities.

Get Help for an Addiction to Dabbing Today!

Here at Florida Center for Recovery, we understand how life-altering addiction can be, especially when that addiction is to a substance that’s as addictive as dabbing. If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to dabbing, you should consider receiving addiction treatment at an accredited substance abuse treatment facility like Florida Center for Recovery. 

Drug abuse and addiction are difficult to overcome by yourself. Let us here at Florida Center for Recovery help you. 

Contact our admissions department today and discuss the different ways our team of addiction treatment specialists can help you overcome dangerous substance use disorders like that of an addiction to dabbing. A call today can stop the long-term consequences of addiction. We here at Florida Center for Recovery have helped many people achieve recovery, and we can help you or your loved one as well. 

Resources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5679763/

Holistic Approaches Integrated with Traditional Substance Addiction Treatment

Holistic refers to a “whole person” approach to health care interventions. Rather than just treating the physical effects of addiction, this method considers the whole individual for treatment and ensures the health of the mind, body, and spirit.

At Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) we use holistic therapies to address both the psychological and physical needs of our clients. With holistic approaches such as yoga and meditation, recovering clients often see improvements not only in their rehabilitation but also in other aspects of their daily life.

Also known as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), holistic treatment approaches are utilized at FCR to help recovering individuals feel more at ease during the withdrawal process and generally be better prepared to cope with the challenges of detox. In addition to promoting relaxation, CAM is instrumental in bringing clients “into treatment” by stimulating response and engagement within their conventional therapies.

FCR’s team of professionals is experienced in providing CAM interventions along with conventional therapies in ways that convey compassion and empathy for the struggles each individual faces. We believe in the value of the holistic approach in the treatment of addiction and we recognize that the suffering endured by anyone dealing with addiction, expands beyond just his or her substance abuse problem.

Our medical detox and rehabilitation facility is located on 12 private acres, on the beautiful Treasure Coast of Florida where we provide inpatient addiction treatment programs for adults 18 and older. Our residential drug and alcohol rehab programs offer variable lengths of stay allowing each client to anchor recovery behaviors specific to his or her needs for the lasting change.

Florida Center for Recovery is accredited and certified by the Joint Commission, which sets the standard for delivery of safe and effective care of the highest quality and value for our clients

If you or a loved one is in need of addiction treatment and would like to explore Florida Center for Recovery’s rehab programs, click below to view our online brochure.

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For more information about admissions and treatment for individuals struggling with addiction and related mental health conditions, contact us at (800) 851-3291 

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Avoiding Common Recovery Mistakes

In relapse prevention sessions, therapists discuss the common mistakes that frequently undermine the recovery process and they provide recovering individuals with tips and strategies to manage them. Although innumerous hours are devoted to making plans for preventing and minimizing relapse, for most, in particular in early recovery, it is very challenging to put the plan in practice. Understanding what these common mistakes are can help someone to avoid or minimize relapse. Find below a list of the most common mistakes to avoid.

1. Considering Yourself Recovered after Completing an Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program

When completing an addiction treatment program, many former addicts consider themselves “recovered”. They experience a state of euphoria, also known as the pink cloud syndrome. This is only a temporary state that is often followed by a period of depression, with a high risk of relapse.

It is important to understand that a rehab program is only the first step and that a continuum of treatment through a well-planned aftercare program is essential to support full recovery. Making sure that you follow up a short-term recovering plan and know the baby steps you need to take will help you reach your goals.

2. Returning to the Old Lifestyle

Don’t allow your old lifestyle to get in the way. Create a new routine, get a job that you like, take part in activities you once enjoyed or learned to enjoy while in treatment, such as meditation and other relaxing activities. Find a new circle of friends and spend time with people who support your efforts to stay sober. You have the opportunity to start over, and you should. Those who love you will understand. Those who do not are the ones who cannot offer you the support system you need.

3. Expecting Too Much, Too Soon

Take it easy. Have your priorities in order and set realistic goals: Staying Sober one Day at a Time. It’s normal to have ups and downs, to occasionally fail or not get the results you were hoping for. By keeping it real you won’t get disappointed and will not be vulnerable to relapse when you no longer can keep up with the high expectations you set for yourself.

4. Replacing Addictions

Many recovering individuals develop other fixations and addictions. Some start from the premise that anything is preferable to alcohol and end up addicted to painkillers or antidepressants. Others seek comfort in food and find themselves overweight and with various comorbidity issues. There are also people who turn to gambling or sex to break away from stress and worries and raise their adrenaline.

5. Not Reaching Out for Help

Many for various reasons do not want to show their vulnerability fearing to portray weakness or defeat. This mistake can be a very costly one. It is imperative to not lose touch with the reality of addiction. It is normal to have good and bad days. It is normal to be tempted to go back to the previous lifestyle. It is even normal that in one of those off days make a mistake and somehow expose yourself to the same drugs that you were trying so hard to stay away from. Those days and those instances are exactly the time to reach out and show how you really are feeling and ask for help. You will be surprised how a simple step of asking for help provides you with the hope that you can stay on course for recovery.

Don’t shy away from asking for help. There are many who would be happy to help.

Get the Support You Need at Florida Center for Recovery

Florida Center for Recovery offers holistic addiction treatment to help individuals struggling with addictions recover in a safe and compassionate environment. From medical detox to intensive inpatient treatment, we provide comprehensive and effective drug and alcohol rehab services with specialized programs and therapies. If you or someone you love have questions about our treatment, admissions, insurance, and private payment options, please call Florida Center for Recovery at (800) 851-3291 for a free confidential consultation. You may also visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight into our diverse therapies.

The Importance of Aftercare in Addiction Treatment

Many think that recovery begins and ends with the treatment in the rehab facility. Although graduation from a treatment program brings the beginning of a prospective new life, establishing and following a structured aftercare plan is one of the most important measures needed to be taken to sustain a successful recovery. That’s why reputable addiction treatment centers provide discharge planning with individualized aftercare programming to help their clients not only in their transition to their new life but also succeed in maintaining their recovery progress.

Aftercare is a stage of healing where lessons learned in addiction treatment come together. Establishing and following the aftercare plan is necessary because addiction is not an acute medical condition that can be treated in a matter of weeks or even months; it’s a chronic disease that requires long-term management. [1]

A study found that recovering individuals who have and follow an aftercare program after rehab were more likely to remain clean and stay sober in the 90 days after treatment, than those without one. The same study suggests that sixty-four percent of the participants in the continuing care group took advantage of activities that supported abstinence. Nine months after graduating from rehab, almost 70 percent of the continuing care group was still abstinent. By comparison, only 19 percent of those not in aftercare was still sober. [2]

There are many benefits to keeping up with an aftercare plan in the weeks and months that follow rehab. Below are a few:

KEEPS MOTIVATION LEVELS HIGH
Help recovering individuals find the desire to stay sober

BUILD POSITIVE SOCIAL CONNECTIONS
Through peer support programs such as 12-Step meetings, group counseling sessions and alumni meetings, individuals in recovery with similar circumstances do support each other and feel safe. The creation of strong support systems helps with long-term sobriety.

HELP PREVENT RELAPSE
Aftercare programs provide valuable services that help prevent relapse. Along with individual therapy, support groups and family education, by following an aftercare plan the recovering individuals don’t have the feeling of being alone and on their own when coping with emotional stress, social temptation and cravings.

The more you know about addiction treatment and the importance of keeping up with an aftercare plan, the better prepared you’ll be to smoothly transition into recovery or help a loved one to do so.

If you or someone you love have questions about drug and alcohol rehab programs, please call Florida Center for Recovery at (800) 851-3291 for a free confidential consultation. You may also visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight into our diverse comprehensive therapies. Florida Center for Recovery provides aftercare planning tailored to the needs of each individual. We specialize in helping Dual Diagnosis patients lead healthy, satisfying lives in sobriety. From detox services through discharge planning, we offer support throughout the recovery process. If you or someone you love is ready to begin a new life, we’re here to help.

References:

[1] https://archives.drugabuse.gov/publications/drug-abuse-addiction-one-americas-most-challenging-public-health-problems/addiction-chronic-disease Addiction is a Chronic Disease.

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2797101/ Managing Addiction As A Chronic Condition. Dennis, Michael.

The multifaceted and complex path of addiction recovery

Recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol involves more than just abstinence. In addition to not using the drugs, one must consider a change of outlook on life, change of behavior and in some cases change of the environment, to name just a few. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says that recovery is a “process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” 1 Although these are the steps that can bring genuine happiness, the pathways that lead to the process of change are countless. Granted there are numerous approaches to treat addiction it is vital to find the program that takes into consideration all aspects of the disease of addiction and treats the individual as a whole.

When seeking addiction treatment for you or a loved one, it is advised to choose a program that integrates traditional psychotherapy with holistic therapies. Complementary/holistic therapies have shown to be effective in the treatment of addiction when they are used along with traditional therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy. Art therapy and drumming are particularly suited to drug and alcohol treatment programs, as well as yoga, nature therapy and mindfulness meditation.

There are many effective holistic therapies that can be utilized along with traditional therapies in the treatment of addiction. Reputable drug and alcohol rehab centers offer comprehensive treatments that make the connection between the physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. The main purpose of holistic/complementary therapies is to expose recovering individuals to activities that remind them of what it is like to experience pleasurable feelings without the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition, the skills and practices learned through complementary therapies can help recovering individuals:

  • boost self-esteem
  • improve social skills
  • lessen the sense of isolation
  • increase motivation
  • lower the stress level

Engaging with something positive that is enjoyable is key to sustaining long-term recovery as it prevents boredom. Too much time with nothing to do can spell disaster to someone in recovery. 

If you are looking for addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one that offers a practical approach to recovery, Florida Center for Recovery can help. You will benefit from our individualized program in which you can participate in complementary/holistic activities, including yoga, meditation, recreational basketball, volleyball, music therapy through drum circles and more. Contact us at (800) 851-3291. You may also visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight into our diverse comprehensive therapies.

References:
1. https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/PEP12-RECDEF/PEP12-RECDEF.pdf

RESOURCES FOR Children of Parents who are Struggling with Addiction

When a family member struggles with alcohol and drug abuse the whole family suffers. This is particularly true for children who have a mother or father who is abusing drugs and alcohol.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 25 percent of American kids grow up in households where substance abuse is present. For children and teens, living with a parent struggling with substance abuse can be a chaotic, scary and lonely experience. Not only do these children face the stress and heartache of their parents’ drinking or drug use in their daily lives, but they are also at greater risk of eventually developing alcohol or other drug abuse and mental health problems themselves.

Help is out there. Children and teens can talk to a school guidance counselor, coach, or trusted teacher. For those who attend religious services, a clergy member is also an option.

Children may be reluctant to talk to an acquaintance about such a personal problem. Another good option is Alateen**, a program that offers support for children of parents who are struggling with drugs and alcohol. Alateen members come together in a free and confidential setting to:

  • Share experiences and hope.
  • Discuss difficulties.
  • Learn effective ways to cope with problems.
  • Encourage one another. 

Other Options are Listed Below:

  • TeensHealth: Coping with an Alcoholic Parent: This resource guide from the Nemours Foundation explains the disease of alcoholism and gives kids ideas and resources on how they can improve their self-esteem, get help for an alcoholic parent, and find support for themselves.
  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics Just4Kids and Just4Teens: The NACoA is a national nonprofit organization that connects families, kids, and teens affected by alcoholism with the resources they need to stay safe and healthy. The Just4Kids and Just4Teens pages include FAQs and resources for young people in need of emotional support and guidance.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: For TeensThis online resource provides links to fact sheets about intoxicating substances, access to treatment resources, and support services for young people.
  • National Runaway Safeline: This confidential hotline offers support, crisis intervention, resources, and educational information for youths who have run away from home or who are thinking about running away.
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoA): ACoA is a recovery fellowship for individuals who grew up in households with one or more alcoholic adults. This group, based on the principles of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, provides support and resources at no charge.
  • Parental Substance Use and the Child Welfare System: This guide from the Child Welfare Information Gateway is directed at therapists and other addiction treatment professionals; however, it contains valuable information and statistics for the general public about the impact of substance abuse on families, and on children in particular.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): National Helpline: This free support and referral service is available to anyone with questions about substance use disorders or mental health issues, including the children of addicted parents. Calls are kept completely confidential, and the service is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The helpline’s website also provides links to online educational materials about substance abuse and mental illness.

**Some Alateen groups to have programs for younger kids, as well as teenagers. If you don’t know where to look for a program in your area, you can always contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. They help people dealing with all kinds of problems, not just suicide, and they may be able to help you find resources in your area.

Resources:

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/

About Your New Year’s Resolutions

All of us at Florida Center for Recovery wish every day of the New Year, a day of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being filled with success, happiness and prosperity for you and your family.

Congratulations to all of our 2019 graduates. Stay on track and let us know how you are doing. Don’t forget your New Year’s resolutions. Creating an actionable list with new goals, achievements and inspirations can be an important tool in promoting lasting recovery. Statistics show that most New Year’s resolutions fail because they are too vague or not thought through, meaning the person making the resolution hasn’t thought about how to achieve his or her goal. It is helpful to utilize the SMART framework to set effective goals.

The principles outlined in the acronym SMART is well-suited for people in addiction recovery because it provides actual suggestions for breaking down the vague goal of getting sober into a series of steps that provide the foundation for success. So, to make your New Year’s resolutions a reality, make them SMART. Make them Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

SPECIFIC: Choose a precise outcome.

MEASURABLE: Find a way to measure your progress.

ACTION-ORIENTED: Decide what specific steps you will take to reach your goal.

REALISTIC: Make sure your goal is achievable given the resources at your disposal.

TIMELY: Choose a deadline for completion or a daily, monthly, or weekly repeating timeframe for the task.

As we start a new year, aim toward better health and wellness and remember to be SMART!

If you or a loved one needs medical detox and addiction treatment, begin 2020 with the resolution for a healthy, meaningful life. Start the journey to recovery by seeking information for the best drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that will best suit your needs. With an array of specialized therapeutic services such as Rapid Resolution Therapy, Military/First Responders, Pregnant Women and Chronic Relapse Programs, Florida Center for Recovery offers short and long term inpatient addiction treatment for adults 18 and older. For information regarding treatment for individuals struggling with addiction and related mental health conditions, contact us at (800) 851-3291. You may also visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight into our diverse comprehensive therapies.

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