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Monday, December 4, 2017

Marijuana Legalization and Marijuana Addiction - Is There a Correlation?


Marijuana Use on the Rise



With the recent buzz of the legalization of Marijuana in numerous states throughout the U.S, it is imperative to consider the addictive effects of Marijuana use, and the implications for those who use the drug. There are numerous consequences to marijuana use, and it can be considered a highly addictive drug that leads to impaired functioning with an abundance of new users daily. In fact, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health states that, “Not only is Marijuana use prevalent, but it also manages to recruit an estimated 6,600 new users each day”. With Marijuana use on the rise it is important to consider the possible repercussions for the user. Marijuana is highly addicting, leading to Marijuana Use Disorder, abusing other illicit drugs, and impairment in academic and occupational functioning.

Marijuana Use May Lead to Marijuana Use Disorder

The National Institute of Drug Abuse  states that, “Marijuana use can lead to the development of problem use, known as a Marijuana Use Disorder, which takes the form of addiction in severe cases”. Marijuana Use Disorder leads a person to experience tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal similar to other types of Substance Use Disorders. When discontinuing use a person may experience physical withdrawal symptoms that include, restlessness, physical discomfort, mood and sleep difficulties, decreases appetite, cravings, and irritability. All of which cause a person to suffer from addiction, and lead to problems throughout their lives. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, “In 2015, about 4.0 million people in the United States met the diagnostic criteria for a Marijuana Use Disorder”. This constitutes a considerable amount of the population, but it is likely that there are many more cases that have not been reported, or have gone unaccounted for. With Marijuana’s prevalent patterns of typical tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal seen in other substance use disorders it is only logical to see the disorder as being highly addictive for the user with the typical physical dependence effects seen in other drugs.  

Marijuana and the Poly Drug Users

For a considerable amount of time Marijuana has been viewed as the drug leading to the use of experimentation and addiction of other drugs which are seen as having more serious consequences. Supporting this claim, in a study published in The International Journal of Drug Policy they state that, “44.7% of individuals with lifetime cannabis use progressed to other illicit drug use at some time in their lives”. With almost half of Marijuana users using other illicit drugs, the dangers of marijuana use are evident. However, for those who do refrain from using other illicit drugs, Marijuana in itself is highly addicting. Those who stop use of the substance suffer from the physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with addiction regardless of the use of other illicit drugs. However, for those who are Polydrug Users the increase for addiction and consequences doubles.

The Potency of Marijuana as a Predictor for Dependency

In recent times the potency of Marijuana has increased drastically. In fact, The National Institute of Drug Abuse states that, “the average marijuana extract contains more than 50 percent THC, with some samples exceeding 80 percent”. In relation to the increased potency Phillip Boffey of The New York Times states that, “the potency of current strains may shock those who haven’t tried it for decades, particularly when ingested as food. It can produce a serious dependency, and constant use would interfere with job and school performance”. With the increasing potency of Marijuana strains the substance creates more induced effects, and leads to an even stronger dependence on the drug. This in turn has effects on a user’s academic and occupational functioning. In explaining the consequences of marijuana use on functioning an article published in the Current Drug Abuse Review states that, “marijuana’s negative effects on attention, memory, and learning can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off, depending on the person’s history with the drug”. This increase in potency results in implications for the user, resulting in impairment in functioning. Despite the impairment people who use Marijuana continue to abuse the drug acting as if the impairment does not exist. This is turn points towards the addictive nature of the substance.

Using Marijuana Leads to Addiction

Taken together Marijuana use is highly addictive. Its addictive features include physical dependence seen in the tolerance and withdrawal symptoms associated with use. The drug is associated with poly-drug use which further complicates the addiction, and leads to multiple addictions for the user. Many users go on to meeting the diagnostic criteria for Cannabis Use Disorder which identifies specific behaviors needed to determine dependency on the drug. Lastly, with the potency of marijuana strains in recent times the induced effects of being on the Drug and even for up to two weeks after using it result in occupational and academic functioning.

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If you or a loved one are suffering from marijuana user disorder or simply stated, "Cannabis Addiction"  to seek help immediately. Dependency on cannabis (marijuana) may lead to other addiction of stronger, more potent drugs. 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 27, 2017

Meth - Invisible in the Shadows of the Opioid Epidemic?



Meth - Out of the Public's Eye, Silently Striking


Amidst the Opioid Epidemic Announced by President Trump in October of 2017, the

opioid epidemic has been the main talk lately, which is a serious problem throughout the U.S.  However, Meth seems to be sitting in the shadows quietly striking the people who use the drug and everyone around them. John Shuppe of NBC News states that “The highly addictive stimulant is blooming across the country again, this time in the shadows of the opioid epidemic. But because meth kills slowly, and at lower rates, it isn't getting the attention that many researchers, law enforcement officials and health workers say it deserves". Instead meth is out of the public's eye, silently striking.


What is Meth?

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulate drug that comes in many forms, is used in several ways, and goes by numerous street names. The National Institute of Drug Abuse mentions such names as "meth, chalk, ice, and crystal, among many other terms”. The substance comes in powder, and rock form, which is taken in a variety of ways. The drug can be injected, snorted, smoked, and swallowed. Which all ways lead to a high probability of becoming addicted even just after the first time of use.

The Consequences of Methamphetamine Use

Meth is a highly addictive drug that has tremendous consequences for the user.  In a letter from the director of The National Institute of Drug Abuse it states that such consequences affect the user at many levels which include, “Psychologically, medically, and socially”. Some side effects of the drug include memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior, damage to the cardiovascular system, malnutrition, and severe dental problems”. In addition to that, The National Institute of Drug Abuse states that there are numerous social consequences such as, “ Child abuse, new waves of crime, unemployment, and that meth drug abuse threatens communities”. Meth use has detrimental effects for the individual, family members, and the community. One extremely serious effect is shown in an Epidemiological Investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which points to Methamphetamine abuse leading to increased transmission of Infectious disease such as HIV and Aids” In addition to the transmission of infectious disease, the increase in death associated with meth use is on the rise.  Clyde Hughes of Newsmax, states that “ Meth was connected in 328 of the deaths, up sharply from 271 in 2015 and topping deaths from the much publicized opioids Hydrocodone and Oxycodone”. Taken together Meth continues to affect users at numerous levels, the community, and maintains  just as serious consequences as the opioid epidemic if not worse.

Who is Affected?

Methamphetamine use is a wide spread problem throughout the U.S. and continues to be on the rise. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration stated that, “The estimated number of meth users, meanwhile, rose from its low point of 314,000 in 2008 to 569,000 in 2014. Thus resulting in almost a 50% increase in meth users throughout the united states. The strongest effects are felt in the West and parts of the Midwest, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA’s) Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG).  Though the highest prevalence is seen in larger rates in  the western side of the country, meth use is a national problem, that effects people, family, and communities alike.  

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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, 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.


SpeedBalling

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.
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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. 

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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!


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