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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Does Danger Lurk in Your E-Cigarette?

are e-cigarettes dangerousIn recent years, electronic cigarettes have grown in popularity, partly because it is believed that they pose less of a health risk to smokers. But are they really safe? Researchers at Penn State Medical School have uncovered evidence that these devices produce harmful substances that may, in fact, put users at higher risk of cell damage and cancer.

Highly Reactive Free Radicals Identified
The vapor from e-cigarettes had previously been shown to contain aldehydes in low levels. These compounds are known to cause oxidative stress and damage in cells. The Penn State study looked for different substances—highly reactive free radicals—which are a leading factor in cancer, coronary disease and lung disease caused by smoking. Although the results ranged from 1000 to 100 times less than the quantity found in cigarette smoke, the reactive free radicals were present in e-cigarette vapor.

“The levels of radicals that we're seeing are more than what you might get from a heavily air-polluted area but less than what you might find in cigarette smoke," said John P, Ritchie, Jr., one of the authors of the study. "The identification of these radicals in the aerosols means that we can't just say e-cigarettes are safe because they don't contain tobacco. They are potentially harmful. Now we have to find out what the harmful effects are."

A Growing List of Dangers in E-Cigarette Vapor 
Studies are showing that the vapors created by e-cigarettes are not as harmless as many users believe. While more studies are needed, researchers have identified harmful effects like these:

• Irritation of the lungs
• Increased susceptibility to respiratory diseases
• Health problems from nicotine use
• Allergic reactions to flavorings & colorings
• Carcinogenic aerosols in the vapors

Until further research is done, the safety of e-cigarettes remains up in the air.

Helping People Find Treatment from Coast to Coast
If you are addicted to drugs, cigarettes, or other substances, you need to find the right treatment program the first time. Coast to Coast Recovery has the interventionists and referral specialists who can guide you to the treatment you need, and there is no cost to you. Call us today at 800-210-8229 to learn about treatment options, insurance coverage, and family counseling from compassionate people who understand the worry and pain you are going through.

* Article source: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. "Potentially dangerous molecules detected in e-cigarette aerosols." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 December 2015.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Changing Careers After Addiction Recovery

changing careers after addiction recovery rehabLife after addiction recovery looks very different from pre-rehab days—in its professional, personal, and social aspects. In some cases, clients need to pursue a totally different career field after getting clean, since their old professional life can trigger negative emotions or spark a stronger desire to begin using again.

The Importance of Your Career in Sobriety
While a proper focus on family, friendships and self-care is critical to sobriety success, clients also need to spend time considering their career path. Much more than “just a job,” your career helps you develop confidence, financial stability, and improved personal growth. Consider what you wish to be doing day-to-day as you plan your sober life for the next five, ten, or 20 years. Then, determine if you need to invest time and money in training, education, or job preparation in order to achieve your career goals. If workaholism or your former job environment was a key contributor to your addiction, it is even more critical that you make a change.

As you map out your career path and plan for your personal and financial future, remember:

Don’t rush into anything permanent. It is recommended that you don’t make any sweeping life changes during the first year of recovery, but it is important that you return to earning an income as soon as possible. When you are physically and emotionally able, take a part- or full-time job that allows you to provide for yourself or your family. During your free time, spend hours researching, talking with your counselor, and exploring more permanent career opportunities.

Build your resume. Recovery is an excellent time to revamp your resume to include the life skills you have learned during rehab. You may also wish to audit a college course or intern at a workplace to enhance your CV.

Explore your interests. There are many surveys and questionnaires that help you determine your personal and professional gifts and talents. Ask your addiction counselor about tools that can help you narrow down possible career fields based upon your interests and skill sets.

Coast to Coast Recovery Drug Rehab for Men & Women 
At Coast to Coast Recovery, it is our desire to help you experience total restoration during addiction rehab. A major part of this is planning for your career and achieving your professional goals. When you’re ready to commit to sobriety and begin a career “do-over,” call 800.210.8229 to discuss our treatment planning services or speak with an admissions counselor. Your best life is yet to come.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

How to Stay Up When the New Year Gets You Down

depression during the holidaysWhen you are depressed, the warmth of the holidays leaves you feeling left out in the cold. By the time New Year’s Day comes around, the disengagement may be too much to bear. Statistics show that there is a sharp uptick in suicide rates after the New Year.

What Accounts for This Change? 
Mental health experts believe that depression, in one form or another, accounts for this increase in suicides right after the New Year. They point to these factors as possible triggers:

• Unrealistic expectations of family dynamics during the holidays
• A sense of not being able to fit in or enjoy the season
• Sensory overload brought on by holiday music, lights, & crowds
• Pervasive use of alcohol (a depressant) during the holidays
• Self-neglect
• Loneliness
• Anti-climax of returning to ordinary life

If You Suffer from Depression, You Are At Risk
When you are depressed, you may feel that the holiday spirit has passed you by. Here are a few tips to help you ward off depression and avoid the New Year let-down.

Take care of yourself. If you are under treatment, don’t neglect your medication. Eat well, try to keep to your regular sleep schedule, and take care with your personal grooming. Remember that alcohol is a depressant, so steer clear of it at holiday gatherings.

Keep holiday expectations modest. Scale back on spending, entertaining, decorating, and social functions. Trying to do too much increases stress and anxiety.

Be realistic about yourself and your family. Don’t expect dysfunctional family relationships to change just because it’s Christmas.

Give yourself permission to say “no”. When holiday activities become overwhelming, it’s okay to opt out. Prepare an excuse ahead of time, so you won’t feel on the spot if you need to leave.

Change things up. Make a new holiday tradition or take a trip. Volunteer at a church or the Salvation Army. Spend time with people you are comfortable with.

Practice gratitude. Make this a daily mindfulness exercise. It will help you to keep perspective and remain realistic in your expectations.

Get help. Depression is a serious mental disorder, so don’t take it lightly. Reach out to a counselor, support group, or suicide helpline if you start to be filled with dark thoughts.

Your Coast to Coast Resource for Depression Help
Depression and other co-occurring disorders can take away your joy of living and lead to serious consequences like social isolation and suicide, especially during the holidays. Seeking treatment and sticking with it can help you want to live again. Coast to Coast Recovery Centers are dedicated to helping you find the right treatment the first time. Our goal is to erase the stigma that is attached to mental illness and provide proactive, constructive ways to manage your condition. Before you go too far down the joyless road of depression or co-occurring addiction, call 800-210-8229 and let one of our interventionists walk you through your possibilities for treatment and recovery.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Fending Off the Holiday Blahs

avoid depression during holidaysAs much as we build up the holidays as a time of anticipation, gathering with family and friends, and experiencing the joy of generosity, it is not uncommon to feel down and depressed during this time of year. The holiday blahs may result from the season not living up to expectations—or the reminder that life’s problems seem much bigger than they did when we were young and na├»ve. Family gatherings can become contentious, and commercialism can taint the beauty of giving. For men and women in addiction recovery, the heaviness of the holidays may be even more substantial as we try to develop new traditions and mend broken family relationships.

If you are struggling with feelings of sadness or hopelessness this holiday season, keep these tips in mind:

Listen to your body. Sleep when you are tired, give your body the healthy foods it needs to thrive, and prioritize exercise over shopping stress. When anxiety engulfs you, take a moment to do some deep breathing exercises. Breathe in slowly for five seconds, hold your breath for 10 to 15 seconds, and release your breath slowly over a five-second period. This simple exercise reinvigorates your body and focuses your mind.

Live in the present. Enjoy the moment rather than running frantically toward some imaginary finish line. Listen to the birds; take a walk; listen to music that inspires you.

Offer a random act of kindness. Pay for someone’s coffee or helping them load gifts into their car. Donate to a food or gift drive to benefit those in need, or greet a stressed-out retailer with a smile and friendly word. Many of those around you are also facing stress or depression during the holiday season, and you can make a difference in their day.

Get help when you need it. While sometimes we just have a passing case of the holiday blues, it’s important to recognize when real depression has set in. Depression can be a very real part of addiction recovery, and you may need professional help to make it through the coming weeks. Call your therapist, talk to your sponsor, or enroll in a rehab program if you are tempted to relapse or isolate yourself during the holiday season.

Coast to Coast Recovery Drug Rehab for Men & Women
At Coast to Coast Recovery, we walk with clients throughout every season of life as they pursue sobriety and treatment success. Don’t let your addiction-related holiday depression go unchecked. Speak with a member of our credentialed addiction team, or call today to enroll in our treatment planning and consulting services: 800.210.8229.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Smoking Rates Hit an All-Time U.S. Low

cigarette smoking rates all time low in USAWhile other types of substance abuse continue to climb, U.S. smoking rates have dropped almost 20 percent since 2005 (with only 16.8 percent of adults lighting up during 2014). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is the lowest rate on record. The biggest smoking decrease has occurred among young adults, ages 18 to 24. The CDC says there are many potential reasons for these encouraging statistics, including new anti-smoking laws, ongoing anti-smoking media campaigns, and the rise of nicotine substitutes. E-cigarette popularity may also be a contributor.

Other Facts from the CDC’s 2014 National Health Interview Study

• Smoking cessation is more difficult for certain demographics, especially people in poverty. In 2014, 29.1 percent of people on Medicaid smoked, and 27.9 percent of those without health insurance were still lighting up. On the other hand, only 12.9 percent of adults with private health insurance continued to smoke.

• Education also plays a role, since only five percent of adults with a graduate degree were smoking compared to 43 percent of adults who had earned their GED.

• Smoking rates were found to be higher among multiracial adults (28 percent), adults ages 25 to 44 (20 percent), and adults affiliated with the LGBT community (23.9 percent).

According to Kenneth Warner, professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, it is important to focus anti-smoking efforts on these smoking-vulnerable communities. “Those who still smoke are the poor, the disenfranchised, the mentally ill. That’s who we need to focus on,” he said. 

Each year, cigarettes are responsible for nearly a half a million American deaths and over $300 billion in healthcare costs. According to the CDC, future anti-smoking solutions may include higher tobacco taxes, well-funded tobacco prevention programs, and barrier-free health insurance for smoking cessation programs.

To learn more about the tools you need to quit smoking for good, visit http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/ or discuss a smoking cessation program with your physician or addiction specialist. If you are being impacted by second-hand smoke, it’s also important to speak with your doctor about protecting your health and the health of your children. Visit the Surgeon General website for more information.

Friday, November 20, 2015

How Do You Define Recovery?

how define addiction recovery typesWhether you are in rehab now, or just considering it, you have realized that when you are using drugs and alcohol, you are not in control of your life; your addiction is. With this realization, you have opened the door to recovery. There is a long and challenging road ahead of you, but at least now you have your eye on the prize.

So, What Exactly Is Recovery? 
Even treatment professionals have a hard time defining recovery. The most recent definition from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that, “Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life.” 

The AA Model 
Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs are based on the premise that recovery requires complete abstinence and constant vigilance. The 12 steps are an ongoing process whereby you maintain sobriety, acknowledge a higher power, take responsibility for your life, repair past hurts, and reach out to help others.

The Moderated View
In recent years, a less rigid view of recovery has emerged. This moderated view acknowledges that abuse problems vary in severity, and the recovery solution may not be the same for everyone.

• Those with less severe drinking problems can learn strategies to moderate their drinking. Successful recovery for these individuals would not require abstinence, but controlled drinking, instead.

• Some people simply cannot maintain abstinence, and for them, modern drug therapy may be necessary to control cravings. In this case, recovery might be the responsible adherence to their treatment and therapeutic regimens.

• In the SMART Recovery® program, participants are encouraged to define recovery for themselves. The focus of these alternative support groups is to stop unhealthy behaviors by following science-based strategies.

Common Ground 
Though the concept of recovery varies among experts and patients alike, there are two aspects common to everyone’s definition: 1) An individual must want to be in recovery, and 2) he must voluntarily take the necessary steps to maintain a sober life. If recovery is your goal, you must be honest with yourself about your willingness to get help and your commitment to follow a recovery program. Only then, will you successfully create and maintain your own recovery!

The Right Help for Your Recovery Journey
Have you imagined a life where day-to-day decisions no longer center around your need for drugs and alcohol? At Coast to Coast Recovery, we are invested in helping you achieve such a life. Our unique treatment matching protocol helps us identify programs that match your lifestyle and personal values so that you have the best possible chance for success. Call 800-210-8229 to begin your recovery selection process today.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Feel-Good Foods Aid in Recovery

nutrition in addiction recoveryAs you’ve no doubt discovered, drug or alcohol recovery is a tough time for your mind and body alike. If you’re in recovery for substance addiction, you need to address nutritional needs to boost your physical health while you’re on your journey. Food can also lift your spirits and improve symptoms of depression and stress. Some snacks can pull double-duty: meeting your body’s physical requirements while boosting mood, attitude, and overall outlook.

Go Nuts

When tensions mount, your body reacts with a spike in your blood pressure. Nothing to worry about when your readings occasionally rise, but chronic high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Stock your pantry with nuts to temper short fuses and other sources of stress. Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine show that people who snack on nuts live longer and are generally healthier due to the combo of fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. These nutrients actually lower your blood pressure and may help you feel calmer. Walnuts may be especially good for those who suffer from depression as well as addiction; they contain omega-3, a fatty acid that’s great for combating the blues.

Have a Spot of Tea

If you’re feeling wound up, herbal tea may help you relax. Herbal teas have been used for centuries to heal. Chamomile is thought to reduce anxiety, while green tea can help lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. The key for a stress-free cup of tea is to forgo the caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, and may leave you feeling agitated.

Choose Cheese 

You may crave your substance of choice while you’re in treatment. It’s common and normal, but you need to be strong to avoid giving in. When the cravings hit, eat a piece of cheese. Sounds crazy, but according to University of Michigan researchers, proteins in dairy products (especially cheese), act on the reward center of the brain. This is the same spot that tells you “I feel great” when you drink or use. If you can get that same feeling from food, isn’t it worth a try?

Indulge in a Treat

Addiction recovery is fraught with physical and psychological challenges. Don’t forget to treat yourself from time to time, especially when you’re feeling discouraged. Chocolate may just the right indulgence at your most trying times. Research suggests that dark chocolate lowers your levels of stress hormones, and may improve your mood.

Coast to Coast Recovery Individualized Drug Rehab

At Coast to Coast Recovery, we focus on creating an individual treatment program that meets your unique needs. Our wide range of services helps you and your loved ones get through addiction together—and do things right, the first time. To learn more about our treatment planning and consulting services, or speak with a member of our admissions team, call 800.210.8229 today.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Addiction Has No Age Limits

older adult drug rehab CaliforniaWhile it’s common to think of drug and alcohol addiction as a problem for high school students, college students, and stressed out up-and-coming professionals, recent research indicates that “successful agers” – those over 50 who are physically healthy, financially comfortable, and well educated – are at particular risk for excessive drinking. The study, led by chief economist at Age UK (a British charity), found this “middle-class phenomenon” to be true among more than 9,000 British respondents surveyed in 2008-2009 and 2010-2011.

“Our findings suggest that harmful drinking later in life is more prevalent among people who exhibit a lifestyle associated with affluence and with a ‘successful’ aging process,” researchers reported. Why? According to Dr. Eric Collins, physician-in-chief at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, reasons may include:

Finances. The ‘successful’ group has more money to spend on alcohol without worrying about their budget.
Time. ‘Successful’ older adults have more time to spend drinking than those working long hours or committed to multiple jobs.
Good health. Older adults who have maintained good health may believe they are insulated from the harmful effects of substance abuse.

Bruce Goldman, director of Substance Abuse Services at The Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, NY, believes that it is critical to be on the lookout for these at-risk older adults. “All health care providers should adopt brief universal alcohol screening procedures. In this way we can begin to talk openly with patients about their use of alcohol and the risks involved as they age,” he said.

Additional Study Findings

• Employment was not significant to the findings, but retired women were found to be associated with a higher drinking risk.
• There was an elevated drinking risk among male and female smokers.
• There was an increased risk among men who live alone (single, separated, or divorced).
• Loneliness and depression did not appear to increase the risk for problem drinking.
• Alcohol problems were seen more often in white participants than among minorities.

Coast to Coast Recovery for Older Adults

At Coast to Coast Recovery, we are focused on getting your rehab journey right the first time. Serving older adults and clients of all ages, we will help you achieve lasting change when you make the decision to get help with your alcohol addiction or drug abuse problem. To learn more about our reputable intervention services or speak with a member of our admissions team, call 800.210.8229 today.

*Sources: Eric Collins, M.D., physician-in-chief, Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan, Conn.; Bruce Goldman, director, Substance Abuse Services, The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, N.Y.; BMJ Open, news release, July 23, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Exercise & Endorphins: The Healthy Fight Against Addiction

benefits of exercise in addiction treatmentAddiction is a cruel, but tricky, mistress. Each time you drink or use, your substance of choice activates the neurological reward system and deceives your brain and body into thinking, “This feels great.” According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some drugs “release 2 to 10 times the amount of dopamine that natural rewards such as eating and sex do.” In other words, it’s a powerful high you’re trying to overcome. Fortunately, exercise has been found to deliver a similar—but healthy—neurological response.

Benefits of Exercise for Addiction Treatment
While statistics show that people who exercise routinely are less likely to abuse drugs to begin with, we also know that exercise can improve addiction recovery success and help clients develop healthy patterns for their post-rehab life. Benefitting the mind, body, and spirit, appropriate levels of physical exertion have been known to:

• Ward off cravings & withdrawal symptoms
• Boost energy & improve sleep
• Reduce anxiety & depression
• Sharpen mental acuity
• Improve self-esteem & mood
• Promote weight management 
• Strengthen muscles & enhance endurance
• Reduce stress & tension

According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise is “meditation in motion.” When your body is moving, your blood is pumping, and natural levels of endorphins are flowing, you experience mental and psychological benefits, as well. During exercise, you can focus on your body and rediscover what it means to experience a clean-energy boost that doesn’t require harmful chemicals. As a bonus, fitness improves your self-worth and personal outlook and allows you to develop goals and discipline that will serve you well during all phases of addiction recovery.

What type of exercise is beneficial? Choose workouts that pique your interest: cycling, tennis, swimming, running, yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, weight lifting, group exercise classes; anything goes. 

Avoid a New Addiction 
As healthy as cardiovascular fitness, weight training, and mind-body exercise can be during addiction rehabilitation, it’s important to approach them with moderation. Studies show that, in some cases, those with addictive tendencies may begin to replace drugs with compulsive exercise. The goal is not to substitute one addiction for another, but rather to develop a passion for exercise that renews your body and stimulates your mind.

If you fear you’ve become addicted to exercise as a replacement for drug or alcohol use, we can help. The Coast to Coast Recovery team is experienced in the treatment of addictive behavior, and our services are available to families and individuals struggling with the fallout of drug and alcohol abuse. Dial 800-210-8229 or fill out a confidential online request to learn about treatment options and request payment assistance.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Five Ways to Bi-pass “Revolving Door” Rehab

handle relapse without going back to rehabNo one enters a rehab program with the intention of having a relapse, but statistics show that, for 60% of those in recovery, it will probably occur during the first 90 days after re-entering “real life.” A relapse does not necessarily mean a return to addiction, though. Whether it is just a slip or a full-blown fall from sobriety depends on you and how well you have prepared to meet this challenge. 

Here are five ways to get back to recovery without needing another trip through rehab:

1. Rethink your relapse. The temptation is to look at it as a failure, but it may just be the best learning opportunity you have ever had. Did you make a conscious decision to use again, or was it a momentary lapse in judgment? Did you think a relapse was inevitable? Answering these questions honestly will tell you a lot about your commitment to sobriety.

2. Utilize your support network. Aftercare support is as important as rehab. Before stress and pressure build up, talk to someone about the challenges you are facing. Sharing your feelings with therapists and other sober colleagues will make you feel less alone and helpless.

3. Seek treatment if a sober life is too much to handle. Some rehab programs do not offer adequate treatment for clients who have mental and physical conditions that make life unbearable. If you suspect you need help for a co-occurring condition like depression or bi-polar disorder, seek out additional treatment before turning again to drugs or alcohol.

4. Review your triggers. What were your feelings when you decided to use again? Who were you with? Recognizing your triggers will help you avoid these situations in the future.

5. Empower yourself. Eat well, exercise, and develop new interests to occupy your free time. Practice meditation and gratitude to keep yourself centered. And be ready to develop new coping plans as you encounter new situations at work and in your personal life.

Coast to Coast Recovery Centers Can Help You Avoid Relapse 

Finding the right treatment center the first time is the best way to avoid chronic relapse after rehab. That’s where our approach is different. We empower you by offering treatment options that match your unique needs, and we give you time to ask questions and make an informed decision. There is no cost for treatment matching, and we’ll verify your insurance coverage, too. Call 800-210-8229 or fill out the confidential online request to find your options for the treatment and after-rehab support that will lead to your success in a new and sober life.

Monday, October 19, 2015

EMDR for Addiction Treatment

EMDR addiction treatmentEye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is an advanced psychotherapy technique that therapists use as part of a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program. While EMDR is primarily applied to help patients overcome psychologically traumatic events, it also shows promise as a treatment for some psychosomatic disorders and certain personality disorders.

When an individual experiences psychological trauma, their brain struggles to come to terms with the traumatic event. In most cases, this event imprints itself on the brain, and because it cannot be properly integrated, the victim fixates on it and relives it again and again. This can be severely distressing, and in complex cases, it can disrupt the victim's ability to live a normal and healthy life. 

EMDR is believed to act on the brain centers involved with information processing, enabling trauma victims to face, process, and integrate the damaging event or events. The technique is believed to activate the same types of brain activity seen during REM sleep and dreaming, unlocking the innate ability to view events from an alternate point of view.

The prevailing clinical model positions EMDR as an eight-phase therapy program:

Phase 1—History and treatment planning: The therapist gathers information about the patient and the traumatic episode, and devises a treatment plan.
Phase 2—Preparation: The therapist introduces the patient to specific techniques that will be used during the therapy program.
Phase 3—Assessment: The therapist makes evidence-based decisions about which traumatic event(s) to address, and in what order.
Phase 4—Desensitization: The patient's responses to the traumatic event are catalogued and gradually diminished through targeted visualizations and eye movements.
Phase 5—Installation: The patient's traumatic memories are replaced by new, healthy alternative thought patterns.
Phase 6—Body scan: The patient is tested to see if he or she can to recall the traumatic event without adverse physiological reactions.
Phase 7—Closure: The therapist guides the patient through a final resolution and reintegration stage.
Phase 8—Reevaluation: The patient is tested to ensure he or she is experiencing lasting symptom relief.

Scientific research supports the effectiveness of EMDR therapies. The American Psychiatric Association officially endorses the technique, and three recent randomized studies found that between 84 and 100 percent of PTSD clients afflicted with a single psychological trauma were relieved of symptoms after an average of three sessions. Within a matter of weeks, these clients were able to achieve levels of progress that typically require months or even years of treatment using other techniques.

The therapy teams at our partner facilities have extensive experience with EMDR treatments, deploying the latest scientific practices supported by current literature to boost the rate of recovery after psychological trauma. While the path to healing takes time and effort, EMDR provides clients in recovery with a highly effective and proven approach that can help them achieve inner peace and harmony sooner than they may have expected. To learn more about our addiction recovery practices and options, please contact us at 1-800-210-8229.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction: The Importance of Clinical Assessments

bipolar disorder and addictionCurrent medical research has uncovered such strong links between bipolar disorder and substance abuse that clinicians are advised to assess patients with bipolar symptoms for behavioral patterns that display evidence of comorbid drug or alcohol abuse. According to clinical literature, many people with bipolar disorder experience dramatic discomfort from the recurrent cycle of mania and depression, and they frequently turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate their condition. Sadly, self-medication often leads to substance abuse, a problem that further endangers the client’s mental and physical health.

Substance Abuse and the Bipolar Cycle

Some people with mental health challenges like bipolar disorder turn to drugs with sedating effects, such as alcohol, depressants, marijuana, and opiates. These substances seem to provide a temporary relief outlet, taking the proverbial edge off the mood swings associated with bipolar disorder. Alternatively, others with bipolar disorder use substances that create a sense of euphoric intensity, like cocaine, amphetamines, and other uppers. These drugs can hasten the reemergence of mania symptoms, making it virtually impossible for the patient to stabilize the underlying condition.

Addiction itself can mimic the cycle of mania and depression that defines bipolar disorder. Many times it may appear that the patient is suffering from BPD when, in fact, it is substance abuse habits that are creating the symptoms. To stop this pattern in its tracks, it is essential that those with these types of addiction symptoms be screened for bipolar disorder once they have entered an extended period of sobriety. An accurate clinical assessment is an essential first step towards recovery, and our team excels at delivering reliable, comprehensive diagnoses that allow Coast to Coast Recovery to create individually tailored recovery programs.

How We Help Clients Recover from Addiction & Bi-Polar Disorder 

Our partner facilities use an approach that combine scientifically proven best practices to help clients empower themselves to make a steady journey down the road to recovery. Using an integrated combination of clinical intervention and spiritual self-exploration, we help recovering individuals build the inner strength and self-confidence they need to face, defeat, and heal from substance abuse and bi-polar disorder.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction and bi-polar disorder, we can help guide you to physical and spiritual healing through helping you find the right treatment option and a sound clinical assessment. To learn more, please call 800-210-8229 or use our confidential contact form to connect with a recovery advisor. Peace, mercy, and forgiveness await you. Don’t struggle through another day alone.
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