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Monday, January 25, 2016

The Benefits of Massage Therapy for Addiction Recovery

massage therapy addiction treatmentMassage therapy is gaining traction as a supplemental therapy for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. There is increasing evidence that massage therapy offers a wide range of physical and psychological benefits. Massage helps to relieve the stress and anxiety that is a natural part of the withdrawal and recovery process, and researchers believe it can go a long way toward balancing natural neurochemistry after extended periods of substance abuse.

How Massage Therapy Helps Addiction
When a person turns to drugs or alcohol to generate "good feelings," their body eventually becomes dependent on those substances instead of relying on its own natural mechanisms. Massage therapy can help break this cycle. Research dating back to the 1990s shows that regular massages help raise the body's endorphin levels. Endorphin is a natural "feel-good" chemical, and multiple studies have shown that the addiction cycle can have dramatic effects on endorphin production.

Specifically, addiction can inhibit the body's inherent ability to produce endorphin, leading to a vicious cycle in which the addicted individual becomes reliant on illicit substances to generate it. Massage therapy helps to mitigate this by stimulating the body's natural endorphin production, which may alleviate some of the physiological and psychological effects of withdrawal. Massage therapy also helps to improve blood circulation, promoting the more efficient exchange of oxygen-rich blood into bodily tissues. This rids the body of toxins, which is another essential step in the process of physical recovery.

Massage therapy is known for helping people develop a heightened awareness of bodily responsiveness. This allows recovering addicts to identify triggers that lead to stress responses and consciously develop alternative approaches. Instead of turning to drugs or alcohol to calm stress-related triggers, recovering individuals can substitute holistic therapies that promote healing and help break the cycle of addiction.

Coast to Coast Recovery: Holistic Treatment for Addiction
Research into the benefits of massage therapy as an addiction treatment is ongoing, and as scientific understanding improves, it is a near certainty that the underlying therapeutic mechanisms will be better understood. At Coast to Coast Recovery, we encourage the use of many different techniques to help patients recover, including massage therapy. If you would like to learn more about our treatment center and our approach to addiction recovery, we encourage you to contact our accredited team.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Try Fasting to Cleanse the Body, Focus the Mind

fasting in addiction recoveryFasting is an ancient practice that can be viewed as a reset button for your life. Its purpose is to cleanse the body, refresh the mind, and give you renewed motivation. In other words, fasting is a way to “start over” on what you eat and what you think.

If you are in recovery and starting to feel the pressures of day-to-day living, consider going to a fasting retreat. A medically supervised water fast could be the “time out” you need to renew your commitment to sobriety.

Benefits of Fasting
Fasting has historically been used as a purification ritual and a way to focus spiritually. Today in the U.S., fasting is seen as a way to lose weight, reverse certain medical problems, detoxify, and effectively make lifestyle changes.

Fasting can:

• Stop physical cravings
• Eliminate toxins
• Normalize the senses
• Restore taste for healthy foods
• Sharpen the mind
• Improve enthusiasm

Many of these benefits are also important for successful rehab from alcohol or drug abuse and, therefore, also aid in maintaining recovery. Fasting retreats usually include educational sessions on healthy eating and lifestyle changes, and incorporate holistic therapies that may also aid in recovery. There are times throughout recovery when your body needs healthy nourishment and should not be deprived of food, so it is important to work with an addiction professional or physician to ensure that you are fasting safely.

Mental Health Benefits of Fasting 
The improved focus and sharpened senses achieved through fasting can help you reconnect with your recovery goals. Time spent in meditation improves your self-awareness and brings clarity and resolution to aspects of your life that threatened to interrupt your treatment.

When your fast is over, you should be better equipped to resume your life with a focus on healthy goals and habits.

Coast to Coast Recovery Is With You for the Long Haul 
When you turn to Coast to Coast Recovery for addiction treatment referral, you have found a partner for life. We know that your best chance for a successful rehab and recovery depends on finding the right treatment and aftercare.

Our referral network includes long-term care facilities, sober living communities, outpatient support systems, and other after-treatment options to help you achieve and maintain recovery. Call 800-210-8229 to begin the treatment matching process today!

Monday, January 11, 2016

First Aid for Mental Health

first aid for mental health disordersCould you save someone who is drowning? Can you do CPR? Do you know how to splint a broken bone, treat someone in shock, or apply a bandage? Millions of Americans have been trained to administer these first aid techniques and have used them to help people suffering distress from physical injuries.

Now there is a new push by the National Council for Behavioral Health to expand its first aid program for mental and behavioral disorders. “With one in four Americans experiencing a mental health or addiction disorder each year, the National Council is committed to making this important training as common as CPR,” said Susan Blue, National Council board chair and president and CEO of Community Services Group.

The Goal: 1 Million Mental Health First Aiders
The Mental Health First Aid initiative was launched 10 years ago to train average Americans to identify and offer help to people who are in mental and behavioral crisis. Today, the program has almost 500,000 trained participants, and the new goal is to double that number.

This January the National Council initiated the “Be 1 in a Million” campaign with help from its partners in both the private and public sectors. A $15 million appropriation by Congress is helping to underwrite training for emergency services personnel, police officers, teachers and school administrators, primary care professionals, and others.

Increasing Mental Health Literacy
In a Mental Health First Aid course, participants learn the risk factors and warning signs of mental disorders and addiction. They also learn about resources and strategies to help someone who may be in—or heading for—a crisis. ALGEE is the mnemonic for the mental health action plan taught in this first aid training:

A: Assess risk of suicide or harm.
L: Listen non-judgmentally.
G: Give reassurance & information.
E: Encourage appropriate professional help.
E: Encourage self-help & other support strategies.

In addition, participants learn to avoid the common attitude of stigma and approach addiction and mental disorders with a belief in recovery and human resiliency.

Choosing the Right Treatment
Determining that you or a loved one needs treatment for mental or behavioral disorders like alcohol or drug addiction is just a first step. For the next step, finding the right treatment facility, look to the experts at Coast to Coast Recovery. Our proven treatment matching protocol can help you find a program that will fit your lifestyle, values, type of disorder, budget and location. Call 800-210-8229 to speak with one of our recovery specialists who will help you select a treatment program tailored for you.
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Our goal is to help you get it right the first time, so you or your loved one can achieve lasting sobriety. This is largely dependent on selecting the best match for you and your circumstances.

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As your program comes to an end, Coast to Coast addiction professionals help you take the next step into aftercare and beyond. Stressful lifestyles, co-occurring conditions, and dysfunctional family situations act as relapse triggers, so it’s critical that you develop a detailed plan for life after rehab.

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