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Monday, November 20, 2017

Holistic Drug Treatment - A Recent Trend Towards a New Way of Thinking in Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Healing the Mind, Body and Spirit With Holistic Drug Rehab

A recent trend towards Holistic Drug Rehabilitation therapy is the result of several factors: First, treatment plans should be custom tailored rather than a 1 size fits all model. Second, The use of music in holistic drug rehab, increases enjoyment and happiness, enabling us to think more critically and express ourselves through the use words to solve our problems, rather than turning to drugs. Third, The use of exercise and nutrition in fighting drugs includes a well balanced diet and weekly exercise routines. The fourth element in treating Drug Addiction the Holistic method, is through Meditation and relaxation; we do this by re-training ourselves to turn to a better, more spiritual manner when dealing with stress and conflict than turning to drugs.

We are all unique and have our own individual problems

In a recent journal published in Frontiers of Psychiatry researchers state, “Because all people have their own personal and environmental factors, treatment plans should be made custom tailored to the individual to ensure that all aspects of recovery are met. Important things to consider with Holistic Drug Rehab are peer networks, employment conditions, family relationships, and physical and mental health issues”. In order to be able to touch every aspect of a person's life to work towards an ultimate healing process, "it is necessary to utilize a holistic drug treatment approach to ensure that people are meeting their physical and mental health needs in every way possible." 

Healing the Mind With Art, and Music Therapy

Holistic Drug Treatment incorporates art and music therapy. According to an article published in the Drug and Alcohol Review, “ Music Therapy for substance abuse increases enjoyment, attendance, and engagement during group sessions”. Similarly, The Wiley Handbook of Art Therapy states that, “The benefits of art therapy treatment for people with substance use disorders and addictions are numerous and important, and include bypassing resistance, finding a creative outlet for the expression of difficult feelings, and finding deeper understanding of creative and spiritual meaning of the addiction and of life.” Therefore, utilizing Art and Music Therapy is an effective way for people in recovery to become involved, and engaged in their treatment. In addition to that it aids in becoming resistant to substance abuse, addressing underlying issues, and providing recovery in its entirety.

Healing the Body Through Exercise, and Nutritional Counseling

If physical health is an aspect of recovery that an individual is seeking to work on Holistic Drug Rehab incorporate that into your treatment plan, and in fact recommend it. According to an article published by the Huffington Post, “ exercise benefits mental health by reducing stress, boosting happy chemicals, improving self confidence, enjoying the outdoors, prevent cognitive decline, reduce Anxiety, Boost brain power, sharpen memory, control addiction, increase relaxation”. Utilizing such things as outdoor programs, and exercise improve mental well being in a number of ways that increase the potential for making the recovery process and enjoyable experience, and one that sustains itself over time. In addition to that nutritional counseling also has numerous benefits for the recovering addict. By eating healthy, and learning what types of foods and diets are most beneficial for yourself, you are able to keep your physical needs met through diet which produces physical strength for the healing process.

Healing the Spirit Through Meditation, and Relaxation

Another important part of Holistic Drug Rehab is the incorporation of Mediation and Relaxation into the treatment regimen. According to Livescience, “ Mindfulness Meditation elements of recovery work to prevent relapse by making people aware of what happens during their cravings”. Maintaining recovery after treatment is important for success in your life. By participating in Holistic Drug Treatment you are gaining the skills to become aware of your surroundings, which in turn brings awareness to your internal state allowing for you to create your own balance, and avoid relapse. In addition to that avoiding relapse and the negative effects associated with triggers for your substance of choice can be stressful. That is why it is crucial to learn relaxation techniques that you can take with you, and utilize at any point during your recovery.

Treating the Entire Addiction

By healing different aspects of yourself you are able to become physically, emotionally, and mentally stronger which provides a stable foundation for the road to recovery. Often times people end up getting out of treatment and relapsing only after a short period of time. Holistic drug rehabs provides an extra edge that improves personal resistance to relapse, strengthens the body, enhances motivation, allows for the release of emotional buildup that has been manifesting in substance abuse, and brings inner peace to the individual.

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We serve a diverse population of clients who come throughout the U.S. with a wide variety of needs. We work with you to ensure that you get matched with the treatment that best suits your needs. That way you are successful during the treatment process, and during your recovery. We offer a variety of different holistic treatment options such as Acupuncture, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Exercise, Nutritional Counseling, Yoga, Meditation, Tai chi, Reiki, and several outdoor programs. In addition to that we offer mind, body and spiritual healing to bring back balance for those seeking complete recovery from drugs or alcohol.

Holistic Drug Treatment is an approach that provides all the basic skills and tools for recovering addicts, while bringing balance back to life. It is imperative if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction you need to seek help immediately.

There are a variety of treatment options available

At Coast to Coast Recovery, you can find a range of addiction treatment services from holistic healing and complementary therapies to 12-step programs and Christian-based teaching. Let us help you end a life of addiction and start your journey to lasting sobriety. To learn more, call (800) 210-8229.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Cocaine vs. Opioids - A Popular Combination of Cocaine and Opioids Leading to Higher Overdose Rates

Cocaine vs. Opioids - A Popular Combination of Cocaine and Opioids Leading to Higher Overdose Rates!

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful illegal stimulant drug often abused in powder, or rock form. Some common slang names used for powder cocaine are Coke, Blow, Dust, Line, Rail, Snow, Powder, Big C, Stash, and pearl. Similarly rock cocaine has several slang names as well such as ball, rocks, hail, dice, and sleet. People use cocaine in various ways. It can be absorbed through the gums, snorted, injected, smoked in rock form, and even swallowed. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “ There are an estimated 1.5 million current cocaine users aged 12 or older (0.6 percent of the population)”. Cocaine is a widely used drug throughout the United States, and is used by a diverse group of people varying in age, gender, and socioeconomic status. Cocaine has also been responsible for a large number of overdoses throughout the United States. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that, “Data from Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report showed that cocaine was involved in 505,224 of the nearly 1.3 million visits to emergency departments for drug misuse or abuse.” Thus equating to almost 50% of the drug use reported by emergency departments. The reported evidence suggests that not only the prevalence of use within the population as being a problem, but also the dangerousness of the product being sold on the streets.

Cocaine Use: The Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

Being under the influence of cocaine may initially feel energizing and euphoric to the user, but quickly becomes addicting with many negative side effects. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports, “Short term side effects include, irritability, paranoia, constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, nausea, raised body temperature, tremors, muscle spasms, and restlessness. Cocaine intoxication leads to a multitude of mental and physical effects. Furthermore, cocaine intoxication can lead to overdose anytime a person decides to consume it. Depending on the method of cocaine use, several long term effects have been reported. The National Institute of Drug Abuse Reports, reports that “ Snorting can lead to loss of sense of smell, nosebleeds, frequent runny nose, and problems with swallowing. Consuming by mouth may result in severe bowel decay from reduced blood flow.Lastly, that users who administer with needs are at: higher risk for contracting HIV, hepatitis C, and other bloodborne diseases” Therefore, regardless of the method of use the long term implications to your body are detrimental, and should be avoided by all costs.

What are Opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs that are used, and abused both illegally and through prescription medications. Drugs that are considered opioids include Heroin, Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Codeine, and many others. The drugs similar to cocaine can be used in many different ways. Common forms are snorting, smoking, swallowing and injecting. Likewise, there are various street names for different opioids; They include Heroin (Smack, Junk, Dope, China white), Fentanyl  (Apache TNT, China White, China Girl, Tango) Oxycodone ( Oxy, Hillbilly Heroin), Morphine (Roxanol, Miss Emma),  and others. Opioids are a dangerous class of substance which have resulted in numerous overdoses and deaths throughout the United States. According to The National Institute of Drug Abuse, “In 2016 there were 64,000 drug overdose deaths because of Fentanyl, and Fentanyl Analogs” This is a drastic increase from previous years, and continues to be on the rise. Also, the report is specific to Fentanyl which is only one type of drug that belongs to the class of opioids. Many other overdoses are reported annually because of heroin, and other opioid related drugs.

Opioid Use: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

While the initial feeling of opioids may lead to a relaxed content state, there are many short-term and long-term effects of using opioids. Some short-term effects include drowsiness, slow breathing, constipation, unconsciousness, nausea, and coma. When continuing to use the substance the abuser builds up a tolerance, and physical addiction. Thus, resulting in feelings of withdrawal . Drugfreeworld.org states that, “These include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold flashes with goose bumps (“cold turkey”)” Because tolerance occurs after repeated drug use, the user will require more and more of the substance to avoid the negative effects associated with withdrawal.


Unfortunately, many drug users mix a combination of drugs leading to higher overdose, and death rates.  A popular combination is cocaine, and opioids which is called “ Speed Balling”. Both cocaine and either heroin or a different opioid is mixed and then injected intravenously to achieve a high associated with feelings of a happy euphoric state from the cocaine, and a calm relaxing state from the opioid. The process is both highly addicting, and dangerous. Because Cocaine and Opioids sit at opposite ends of the spectrum of altered mind states, they are in some ways counter active which can lead the user to feel less of an effect from each. Thus, lacking awareness over one's own intoxication leads to greater chances of over consumption, and even overdose.

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It is imperative if you or a loved one is suffering from a substance abuse addiction to get help today. There are a variety of treatment options available. At Coast to Coast Recovery, you can find a range of addiction treatment services from holistic healing and complementary therapies to 12-step programs and Christian-based teaching. Let us help you end a life of addiction and start your journey to lasting sobriety. To learn more, call (800) 210-8229.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Faith-Based Drug Rehab - The Right Recovery

Are you considering Faith-Based Drug Rehab?

So you have decided to get sober, and now you want to explore your options to ensure that you get the proper help that you need. Deciding between a spiritual recovery center, and a non spiritual facility can be a daunting task, especially when you already have issues surrounding your addiction. However, there are numerous benefits on deciding on a Faith-Based Drug Rehab as your choice treatment center. Faith based rehabs combine all traditional care elements with the added ingredients of spiritual tools, and in enhancing your relationship with God  at the core of your treatment. According to an article published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, “Religious faith and spirituality are associated with many positive mental and physical health outcomes”. Religion and spirituality are seen as an enhanced aspect of one's recovery that contributes to a person's overall mental, and physical well being. Thus by combining traditional drug rehabilitation techniques with spirituality enhances the recovery process for people suffering from drug addictions.

What is Faith-Based Drug Rehab?

Faith-Based Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation such as Christian based rehabs, combines traditional psychotherapy and counseling approaches with an additional component of spirituality. There is a strong emphasis placed on restoring physical and emotional health, eliminating substance abuse, and restoring spirituality. With Faith-Based Drug rehab people are able to achieve full recovery over their self, and their life. A strong component of this type of recovery is its fellowship, and support. Being alongside unit people with common ground aids in establishing social supports that are beneficial to your mental health. Residents of this treatment receive recovery without judgment, a biblical-based perspective, and obtain deep understanding of God’s forgiveness. Taken together Faith-Based Drug rehab sets the stage for recovery that heals the totality of a person self. Thus setting the stage for a successful recovery and abstinence from substance abuse.

What are the benefits of a Faith-Based Drug Rehab?
Faith-Based Recovery has several important benefits for recovery addicts, and sets the stage for success upon completion of a Faith-Based drug rehab. According to the Journal of Substance abuse Treatment, “ Among recovering individuals, religious faith and spirituality is associated with several positive mental health outcomes. These include  increased coping, greater resilience to stress, an optimistic life orientation, greater perceived social support, and lower levels of anxiety”. In addition to that,  The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry found that people who received professional treatment and attended spiritually-based support programs, were far more likely to remain sober than if they received only professional treatment. Taken together Faith-Based Drug Rehabs are a more rounded approach to the longevity of sobriety. They prepare recovering addicts for success upon completion of drug treatment. While Attending a Faith-Based Drug Rehab recovery addicts are provided services that will increase their abilities to cope with the stressors upon release from the program while providing resilience against stress. At the same time Faith-Based Drug Rehab will increase social supports for recovering addicts which is an essential element in maintaining the longevity of recovery. Faith-Based Drug Rehab is a comprehensive care that searches for a treatment modality that enables a positive atmosphere within residential treatment, and gives the tools necessary for recovery drug addicts to succeed upon release.

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It is imperative if you or a loved one is suffering from a substance abuse addiction to get help today. . There are a variety of treatment options available. At Coast to Coast Recovery, you can find a range of addiction treatment services from holistic healing and complementary therapies to 12-step programs and Christian-based teaching. Let us help you end a life of addiction and start your journey to lasting sobriety.
To learn more, call 800-210-8229

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Fentanyl Epidemic Leads to Deadly Overdoses Throughout the U.S.

National Public Health Emergency

On October 26, 2017 President Trump declared, “The opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law”. The use of illicit street drugs such as heroin and fentanyl continue to be abused rampantly.

According to the Center for Disease Control, “Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin)”. Similarly in June of 2017 The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that, “Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids”. While such statistics include opioid use in its entirety, the culprit of the epidemic is stated to be illegally manufactured Fentanyl,  Fentanyl analogues, and street drugs laced with Fentanyl.

What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl, an opioid pain medication, is a Pharmaceutical drug which aided in treating pain for severe cancer patients, has become illegally manufactured, and sold as a street drug. It comes in a variety of forms which can be swallowed, injected, snorted, or absorbed through the mucus membrane. In addition to that, the drug can be abused by itself, and also combined with other illicit drugs.

Fentanyl works on the opioid receptors in the brain to produce  feelings of euphoria, and sedation. The effects quickly lead abusers to develop a high tolerance, and addiction to the drug. This leads to larger amounts being consumed in a shorter period of time which becomes dangerous. Using Fentanyl can results in coma, or death.

Fentanyl Street Names

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Street names for fentanyl or for fentanyl-laced heroin include Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, TNT, and Tango and Cash”. The drug can even be hidden in other illicit drugs, such as heroin, when the abuser is unaware that they are even consuming it. The danger in this is that opioid users are at high risk for overdose, and addiction.

Fentanyl is 50-100 times stronger than morphine, and is believed to be the leading source of increased overdoses in the U.S. According to the New York Times, “ Drug overdoses are expected to remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, as synthetic opioids — primarily Fentanyl and its analogues — continue to push the death count higher”.

Who is Affected?

Fentanyl and Opioid Abuse is on the rise throughout the United States, and continues to increase because of illegal manufacturing. The prevalence of increased abuse is seen in such states as California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. In fact in a report presented on May 5, 2017 by the Washington State Department of Health, “ There has been an 86% increase in fentanyl-related overdose deaths from 2015”. The numbers in Washington State are significant and continue to rise. However, the epidemic is not localized only to these regions, and is a national problem that must be addressed. The New York Times states that at the national level, “Drug deaths involving fentanyl more than doubled from 2015 to 2016, accompanied by an upturn in deaths involving cocaine and methamphetamine. Together they add up to an epidemic of drug overdoses that is killing people at a faster rate than the H.I.V. epidemic at its peak”. In addition to that it has been noted that the Fentanyl epidemic is currently killing more people in the United States than car crashes. 

Get Help Today

It is imperative if you or a loved one are using Fentanyl or other opioids to seek help immediately. There are a variety of treatment options available. At Coast to Coast Recovery, you can find a range of addiction treatment services from holistic healing and complementary therapies to 12-step programs and Christian-based teaching. Let us help you end a life of addiction and start your journey to lasting sobriety. To learn more, call 800-210-8229

Monday, September 26, 2016

5 Tips for Personal Goal Setting

Man sitting under a tree
Did you know that your journey to addiction recovery is more than simply overcoming substance use and abuse? Ending an unhealthy dependence on drugs or alcohol is actually much bigger than that. Achieving and maintaining your sobriety is also about improving each and every aspect of your life – forging stronger personal and professional relationships, adopting healthier eating habits and exercise routines and learning healthy coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety. By making positive lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk of falling back into the toxic behaviors that led to a life of addiction.  

If you are working on creating a new, more vibrant and addiction-free life, it’s wise to take a few moments to develop an action plan that outlines what you want to achieve and how you are going to reach your goals. Don’t worry. It doesn’t have to be perfect or the length of a novel. Just consider a few of these tips for making personal goals for a better and more fulfilling life for yourself – one free from addiction.

Be Proactive, Not Reactive About Your Future
  1. Write down the key areas of your life that you want to improve. This can include your career, your finances, your health – anything that you may have been neglecting while you were under the influence of addiction.
  2. Create mini-goals for yourself. It’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about where you are now and where you want to be 5, 10 or 20 years down the line. Jot down a few realistic goals for yourself that you can accomplish in the near term. For example, say you want to lose 10 pounds in the next twelve months. Think through a realistic weight loss strategy and outline your specific goals for each month. 
  3. Prioritize your goals. If you are creating a new, sober lifestyle, evaluate which goals will make the most impact and help fuel your addiction recovery.
  4. Develop an action plan. Write down the lifestyle choices you can make to support each of your goals and be specific. If you want to reduce your credit card debt, think about how you can cut back on unnecessary spending and pay down more of your balance each month.
  5. Celebrate your success! Set aside a specific time each week to review your progress towards your goals and fine-tune your personal development plan. Reminding yourself of your recent accomplishments will help you stay motivated, boost your self-confidence and help you stay on track!

Find a Healthier You at Coast to Coast Recovery

At Coast to Coast Recovery, you can find a range of addiction treatment services from holistic healing and complementary therapies to 12-step programs and Christian-based teaching. Let us help you end a life of addiction and start your journey to lasting sobriety. To learn more, call (800) 210-8229.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Surprising Tool to Support Your Sobriety

Woman overcoming addiction issues by reading a book
If you are on a path to addiction recovery and creating a new life that doesn’t include drugs or alcohol, you are probably already reaping the many physical, social and emotional health benefits. Individuals who are newly sober often find that they have more energy throughout the day, less brain fog and also report another interesting byproduct of their sobriety – more free time.

Closing the chapter of your life that was driven by your addiction is certainly an accomplishment, though it is important to find new, healthy ways to spend your time to avoid falling back into negative patterns of substance use and abuse.

Quick Tip: Reading a Book is Good for Your Recovery!

If you are searching for a healthy way to support your recovery, picking up a book can help you prevent relapse and also offer a wide range of benefits that boost your overall health and happiness.

4 Reasons Why You Should Head to Your Local Bookstore:

1.    Reading is like exercise for your brain. You probably go to the gym to stay in shape and get fit, but did you know that reading can do the same for your mental health? According to research published in Neurology, activities that give your brain a workout are shown to delay cognitive decline later in life.
2.    Opening a book can help you seriously fight stress. It’s important to develop an arsenal of tools to combat stress and anxiety to avoid turning to drugs and alcohol - and reading can help you do just that. In fact, in a study conducted by Sussex University researchers, reading was found to reduce stress levels by nearly 68 percent!

3.    Reading can help you get better sleep. Insomnia is one of the most common withdrawal symptoms reported by addicts working to overcome a dependency on drugs and alcohol and reading a book, even for just a few minutes, can offer much-needed relief and help you get back to sleep.

4.    Discovering an inspiring plot or character can help motivate you. Sticking to your goals of sobriety may not be easy, but you may be surprised to learn that reading can help you on your journey to addiction recovery. Ohio State University researchers found that individuals who read books that featured characters overcoming adversity were more likely to achieve their own personal goals in real life.

Holistic Drug Rehab at Coast to Coast

At Coast to Coast Recovery, our beautiful facilities provide the perfect setting to help restore your mind, body, and spirit as you embark on a journey to addiction recovery. To learn more about our holistic rehab programs, call (800) 210-8229.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Does Your Loved One Have an Eating Disorder? Know the Warning Signs!

Women with eating disorders who are hugging
One of the most common myths about eating disorders is that it only affects women in their teens and twenties.

The truth is that each year thousands of individuals of all ages, genders and races are diagnosed with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and unhealthy food addictions.

Left untreated, eating disorders can lead to severe health complications including brain damage, heart attack and stroke, organ failure, infertility, and even death.

That’s why it is important to understand the signs and symptoms associated with eating disorders. By learning how to spot the unhealthy behaviors associated with food obsessions or abnormal eating patterns, you can help a friend or family member get the clinical support they need to overcome potentially life-threating food addictions.

While eating disorders present differently in each person, the following includes some of the most common behaviors and symptoms associated with eating disorders.

1. Severely restricted eating habits. Anorexia Nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders. Individuals who have this condition often go to extreme measures to restrict the amount and type of food that they will eat. Anorexics will often skip meals, obsessively count calories and create extremely strict diets – such as only eating a very limited range of foods or at certain times of the day.

2. Frequent binge-eating and red or scraped knuckles. Bulimia is a condition where individuals consume large amounts of food in a very short period of time, often followed by vomiting or abusing laxatives to rid the food from their body. Some of the tell-tale symptoms of bulimia include eating alone to keep the disorder a secret and teeth marks on the knuckles of their hands – it’s a sign of purging.

3. Dramatic fluctuations in weight. One of the most telltale signs of an eating disorder or food addiction is dramatic weight loss or weight gain. If you notice that a family member of friend rapidly starts to lose or gain weight, they may suffer from a disordered eating condition.

Do you suspect that someone close to you may have an eating disorder? To ensure that you don't try to handle the situation on your own, you should contact someone who is an expert in treating these types of food addictions. They can prescribe the right treatment plan and may even recommend an eating disorder intervention.

Schedule an Eating Disorder Consultation Today 

Coast to Coast’s interventionists have an exceptional success rate for addiction interventions and eating disorder interventions. If you have tried to talk with a loved one on your own, you have probably hit a dead end. Eating disorders are a mental health problem, and individuals with eating disorders use manipulation, deceit, and other tactics to avoid being outed. That’s why you need a professional. Call (800) 210-8229 today, our trained staff is here to help.
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