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Monday, September 26, 2016

5 Tips for Personal Goal Setting

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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.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Putting Pen to Paper: Journaling for Recovery

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Did you know that the simple act of opening a journal and recording your thoughts and feelings can open yet another door to healing?

If you’re on a path to recovery from addiction, you’re probably familiar with commonly prescribed treatments including cognitive behavioral therapy, medical detox, life skills training and more. But, did you know that the process of journaling can help, too? By taking the time to identify and document unresolved, toxic emotions from your past, you can learn to address those feelings proactively using healthy coping skills instead of automatically resorting to drugs and alcohol.

And, the benefits of journaling are proven. In a paper published by the Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, research participants were asked to write about their deepest thoughts and feelings for a period of four days. At the end of the study, most reported the following health benefits:

  • Fewer days in the hospital 
  • Improved mood and psychological well-being
  • Fewer depressive symptoms 

Interested in Journaling? 3 Tips to Jumpstart Your Recovery! 

  1. Set aside 20 minutes each day to incorporate journaling into your daily routine. Like exercise, you reap exponentially more health benefits the longer you participate. That’s why it’s important to make journaling a priority. Consider setting your alarm in the morning a little bit earlier than usual to set aside a few minutes every day to acknowledge and record your thoughts and feelings with a clear mind. 
  2. Don’t overthink. One of the most liberating aspects of journaling is that there is no right way or wrong way to describe your thoughts and feelings. The simple act of journaling is the only goal. Don’t worry about grammar, punctuation or your writing style. What you choose to put in your journal is almost like a private therapy session. It’s just between you and the words you choose to put down on paper. 
  3. Start with words of gratitude. If you’re stuck, wondering what to include in your journal, consider starting the first few sentences each day with words of gratitude - perhaps about happy moments you celebrated the day, week or month before. And, it doesn’t have to include huge life milestones. You can simply take the time to celebrate a kind smile you received from a stranger, joy from reading a good book or the comforting hug from a trusted friend. 

Help for You and Your Family

Coast to Coast Recovery’s addiction treatment program works with you and your specific needs to develop a treatment approach that balances the mind, body, and spirit. Our treatment plans include traditional treatment approaches—such as medical care, medical detox, and individual or family therapy—alongside natural healing practices. For more information about how Coast to Coast Recovery can help their families with our specialized services, please contact us today at (800) 210-8229. We’re here for you.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Want help during recovery? There’s an app for that.

Woman running on the beach using an exercise tracker.
Courageous. Strong. And, determined.

These are just a few of the words used to describe those on a path to addiction recovery. But, where can you find a holistic source of energy during your journey to maintain that healthy mind, body and spirit?

The path to a healthier future is different for everyone, though many have found that adding more exercise into their daily routine is a great tool in their recovery arsenal. It can help build your self-esteem, normalize your brain chemistry, minimize withdrawal symptoms and it offers a healthy option for socializing with others.

While seeking the help of experienced addiction recovery counselors is the first step, you can also find support using additional resources. You might be surprised to know that there are thousands of free apps you can download to your smart phone to help support your physical and mental health too. From tracking the number of steps you take each day, to your caloric intake, you can track your progress each day and work towards your individual health goals.

If you’re looking for new ways to measure your progress towards better health, here are three free apps you can use to stay motivated along the way.

1. Charity Miles (Available on: Android, iOS) Everyone knows that working out is great for you. But, this app builds on that concept. Every time you run, walk or bicycle using the app, you can actually help others too. Corporate sponsors will donate money to your favorite charity every time you hit the road. If you need a little extra motivation to lace up your running shoes, this app might help you do just that!

2. Cyclemeter (Available on: iOS) If biking is your favorite way to exercise, there are numerous apps designed specially to help riders track their time on the road. Cyclemeter collects a wealth of information for fitness enthusiasts to track data about your biking outings. This app calculates and stores your heart rate, bike speed, bike cadence and you can even view the terrain of the routes you’ve completed.

3. Yonder (Available on: Android, iOS) Do you prefer the great outdoors to the gym? With Yonder, you can simply enter your current location and find dozens of suggestions for hiking, biking, kayaking and skiing. And, it includes reviews and tips from fellow adventurers who are also passionate about the outdoors.

Holistic Drug Rehab at Coast to Coast 
Our beautiful facilities provide the perfect setting for exercise and other holistic therapies that help restore your mind, body, and spirit as you rid your whole self from addiction. To learn more about our holistic rehab programs, call 800-210-8229.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Acupuncture for Addiction Recovery

Woman in addiction recovery receiving acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a holistic treatment for joint pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia and many other medical and behavioral health issues.

In recent years, the use of acupuncture has spread to also treat those on a journey to addiction recovery. In contrast to prescription-based options, acupuncture offers a natural method to curb cravings, help individuals naturally detox from substance abuse and ease withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, sleep disturbances and stress.

How Does Acupuncture Work? 
On the surface, acupuncture is a relatively simple procedure, yet it offers a multitude of health benefits. With acupuncture, very thin needles are inserted at specific points on the body. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians through which energy runs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways in the body. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, the disruption can lead to pain and illness. Based on these principles, acupuncture therapy is designed to release blocked qi in the body to promote the body’s natural healing response.

Acupuncture for Addiction Recovery
Most acupuncture addiction recovery treatments use Auricular Ear Acupuncture, a specialized form of acupuncture where acupuncture points on the ear are stimulated.

In a study researching the effectiveness of auricular acupuncture, patients who participated in biweekly acupuncture sessions were more likely to complete their entire addiction treatment program and reported fewer withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia and aggression.

Acupuncture has helped thousands of individuals dealing with substance abuse and addiction issues and is now commonly used as part of a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. With regular treatments, acupuncture can serve as a powerful tool to help reduce stress and support the physical, emotional and spiritual healing process during a journey to recovery.

Holistic Drug Rehab at Coast to Coast 
Our beautiful facilities provide the perfect setting for therapies that help restore your mind, body, and spirit as you rid your whole self from addiction. To learn more about our holistic rehab programs, call (800) 210-8229.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

3 Common Myths about Interventions

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Are you thinking about having an intervention with a friend or family member? If so, you are not alone. Since the 1970s, thousands have turned to this holistic treatment to help loved ones in need.

Dr. Vernon Johnson first pioneered this technique several decades ago as a way to confront individuals with substance abuse issues in a non-threatening way. In general, interventions are designed to surround addicted individuals with a close, connected community to help jumpstart the recovery experience.

While interventions have become more commonplace in recent years, many misconceptions still persist about this powerful tool for recovery.

Want to learn more about the truth behind interventions? Below includes more information about the three most common intervention myths. This powerful tool is designed to combat substance abuse issues and can help your loved ones start their sobriety journey.

1. A successful intervention must be dramatic and confrontational.
In general, interventions are all about offering help and hope. At a basic level, an intervention represents a way to help someone understand how their behavior affects themselves, their family and their friends.

According to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, an intervention is a deliberate process by which change is introduced into peoples' thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

2. Interventions are only for those who have hit rock bottom.
If you care about someone with substance abuse issues, why should you wait until they are hurt the most in order to offer help?

3. Interventions are one-size-fits-all.
Every individual is unique - and as a result, each person brings those influences with them on their journey to recovery. That’s why each intervention is different. To address the challenges specific to your situation, it’s best to work with a qualified addiction specialist during the planning process. He or she can tailor the intervention experience based on your loved one’s particular circumstances.

In recent years, there have been numerable advances in therapies designed to treat individuals with substance and alcohol abuse. From breakthroughs in prescription medications to genetic research, the addiction recovery experience continues to gain strides. Though, it should be noted that interventions can solidly anchor those experiences.

During Coast to Coast’s structured interventions, family members and skilled clinicians confront the drug addict in a safe, neutral environment. Speaking the truth with compassion, we bring clarity to the situation. It is our ultimate goal to bring awakening to addicts and compel them to begin immediate treatment. Coast to Coast specializes in family therapy and recovery options for spouses, relatives, and loved ones influenced by the trauma of addiction. To learn more, call today: 800-210-8229.

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