March 22, 2016
Whether you are in a low cost alcohol treatment center or a drug rehab, sleep plays an important role in your healing process. In fact, one of the main functions of sleep is to help the body heal and prepare for the coming day. Without it, you aren’t just tired, your entire process is thrown off, and you may not be able to think clearly or make wise choices—and those are just the issues that you can see on the surface.
Healing in the Night
Going to sleep is like hitting the reset button. This is especially true when you are in drug treatment and still trying to help your body repair itself from the damage done by drugs and alcohol. While you sleep, your body releases anxiety. It also repairs blood vessels so that your blood flows more freely. At the end of the day, it’s a sort of reprieve for you.
California residential treatment centers and rehabs aren’t vacation spots. They are the places where you go when you have work to do—when it’s time to heal. That isn’t easy, because it means facing fears and looking at life in a new way. At the end of the day, your body needs a break from it all, as does your mind. Sleep is one way that you can do that, and it put the past behind you at the same time. You’re just a person, getting ready to start a brand new day and life— right after you get some sleep.
February 22, 2016
When it comes to addiction and violence, there is usually at least one common factor. As many alcohol rehabilitation centers in Southern California can tell you, that common factor is control, or a lack thereof. No one wakes up and decides they want to be a violent person or an addict, but a lack of control in one or more areas of your life can lead to just that.
When someone grows up in a home that includes addiction or violence, they are more likely to show addictive or violent behavior themselves. It isn’t that they want to. Rather, it’s behavior that they know and are comfortable with. As children, they didn’t have any control over the situation, but had to remain in it. As adults, they aren’t able to erase those memories or have control over the past. This childhood trauma tends to build up so that the negative behavior presents itself.
It isn’t just about childhood trauma, either. People who use drugs and alcohol lose some of the control they have over their behaviors as their inhibitions are sedated. Someone who isn’t normally violent may become violent when they are using chemicals of some sort. As many alcohol rehabilitation centers have witnessed, there is often an element of regret afterwards. However, rather than addressing the root of the issue, the addict or violent person tends to use more chemicals, causing more violence, as they become more frustrated with their own behavior. In the end, it is often necessary to show the addict how they might take back some of that control over their life.
If you’re struggling with addiction and violence, and don’t know where to turn, feel free to reach out to the addiction specialists at California Treatment Programs today.
February 8, 2016
As you might learn in an inpatient alcohol treatment center, there are several different types of meditation. One theme that is usually common is that the practice is an effort to take yourself beyond where you are in the current moment. The difference between some types of meditation and mindfulness meditation is that mindfulness meditation involves embracing where you are instead of trying to escape from it.
Effort of Escape
Imagine walking down the street. You encounter a large building, with a thick door. You try the door, but it sticks, so you walk around the building. This is the way some types of meditation work. They require excess energy to walk around the unpleasantness. Mindfulness meditation would have involved simply knocking on the door or giving it a nudge with your shoulder.
It takes a lot of effort to avoid things you don’t like, more than simply accepting them. That’s not to say that mindfulness meditation is easy, but it does take a weight off of you to accept that your surroundings or self exists in the current state. The relief comes because you stop trying to fight it. The less you fight those things, the less they matter to you, and the less energy they take from you.
Whether you are in an inpatient alcohol treatment center or not, practicing mindfulness meditation is a great way to relieve stress, but it’s also a great way to fully enjoy the positive things around you. So much so that the negative things might not even matter anymore.
January 22, 2016
As any California residential treatment facility can tell you, there are very different forms of drug abuse. While not all drug use leads to addiction, and not all drug use is abuse, it is almost a certainty that significant and prolonged drug abuse will eventually lead to addiction. This is because people are seeking more than just the intended medical benefits of a drug. They are looking for a change in their perception of the world or they wouldn’t be abusing drugs to begin with. If they find a perception they like better than their existing one, they are much more likely to stick with it.
Poverty and Mental Health
Living in poverty doesn’t mean that you are going to be an addict, but it does mean you are more likely to suffer from situational depression, which may lead to drug use. Mental health issues that are inadequately treated or not treated at all can lead to drug abuse. In either case, the individual is usually really seeking some level of happiness, rather than addiction. At the same time, even wealthy people can become addicts or abuse drugs, in some cases simply because they are bored. In general, the biggest risk factor is to be unfulfilled and in search of some way to feel fulfilled.
The details of the symptoms depend on the individual, circumstance, and drug of choice. However, you can always assume that a change in attitude, hygiene, and even eating and sleeping habits can indicate drug abuse. These behaviors can lead to lying, theft, and manipulation, as well. Contact one of the local drug rehab centers in Southern California today to learn more about the risk factors and symptoms of drug abuse, or to get more information concerning a loved one you think might be abusing drugs.
January 8, 2016
The simplest answer to the question of who should be involved in an intervention is the people who love the one who is addicted. This isn’t a time for judgment, but a time to take a stand with love and assertion. It is a useful tool used by several drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Southern California. The key is making the commitment to follow through with your intentions.
Closest Loved Ones
Naturally, the people who are involved in the everyday life of the addict should be involved. Hopefully, these are the people who genuinely care for your loved one. It’s important to realize the contribution that these people make in the life of the addict, because those people need to set limits. The point of the intervention is to let the addict know that the behavior has to stop. Either way, the enabling stops. Financial support and other things will only continue if treatment is sought.
If your loved one has not been involved in the things that they used to be involved in, they may have lost touch with some of the most influential people in their life. This might include teachers, clergymen, or other leaders in the community who saw potential in your loved one. It may be helpful to have them there so that your loved one can hear the good things that people see and expect. These people may even be able to offer assistance in attaining goals, giving your loved one something to feel hopeful about. Contact a Southern California rehab center to learn more details about effective interventions today.
November 22, 2015
If you’re trying to convince a loved one to enter into one of the California alcohol rehabs, it’s best to be prepared for excuses. In many ways, this is why an intervention with a professional is so helpful. The excuses tend to get things off track, but the professional can help keep the meeting organized. In any case, finding the answers for some of those excuses may go a long way toward a more effective approach.
Cost of Rehab
One of the most common excuses is the cost of the rehab. Some people really believe that they have to pay the cost out of pocket because insurance companies didn’t always cover the cost of addiction treatment. Today, most insurance companies recognize addiction as a medical issue and realize that the long term cost of not treating the addiction is much higher than treating the addiction itself. If you know which insurance company your loved one uses, contact them and ask general questions about what they cover. Don’t attempt to ask about the individual’s policy, because they aren’t allowed to share that information.
Another common excuse is that they can’t take the time off of work. They may have a real fear that they will lose their job, especially if their employer finds out they have an addiction. The reality is that the employer probably already knows there is a problem. The employer is also bound by laws that prevent discrimination on a medical basis, so the risk may not be as high as the individual thinks.
From there, the excuses become things like pet care and other things that you can easily take care of. Finally, they may insist that they simply don’t need an inpatient alcohol treatment center. This is when you may have to point out the details of the escalation of the addiction.
November 8, 2015
One of the most common denominators that the staff at low cost alcohol treatment centers deal with when it comes to alcohol abuse is depression. In fact, alcoholism and depression go hand in hand, and tend to feed off of each other, creating a vicious cycle that can be hard to break.
Depression usually comes before alcoholism, but, since alcohol is a depressant, it only makes matters worse. Many people are so encumbered by the feelings of depression that they turn to alcohol as a way out. The alcohol numbs them and, in some cases, even helps them sleep. When it comes to depression, sleep can be a sort of safe haven.
Genetics is often a contributing factor to both depression and alcoholism, but it is usually fueled by environmental factors. This means that a child raised in a home by a depressed mother who drinks to manage her depression is dealt all of the genetic elements that best create a depressed alcoholic. Since they grew up in an environment where those genetic markers were fed and thrived, it’s easy enough to adopt that behavior as their own.
Someone who comes to a low cost alcohol treatment center with depression and alcoholism must be treated for both. The detox process is the first step in treating the alcoholism, but the depression is also treated, sometimes with medication and always with coping skills. The idea is to learn new behaviors to manage the depression—behaviors that don’t involve alcohol consumption.