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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Maintaining Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

maintaining gratitude in addiction recoveryMost of us have played the children’s game, “I Spy,” either as children or to entertain little ones. The game has helped many families pass hours during long road trips, and the adult version of this game might be played by “spying opportunities” for gratitude. Being thankful is a helpful practice at all phases of your addiction recovery program. 

The Power of Gratitude
Gratitude has a powerful impact on one’s mental, emotional, physical, and even spiritual health. Having a thankful heart keeps you focused on the positive, keeps your hopes up, and keeps you moving forward. It is easy to be thankful when life is good, but it becomes more essential to be thankful during dark times and struggles. While gratitude can fill your heart with contentment, ingratitude steals life’s joy. Ungratefulness leads to comparison, envy, discontentment, and bitterness. As you are learning during your drug or alcohol rehabilitation, life is too precious to give away your joy.

If it is difficult to think of something for which to be grateful, start small. “I am thankful for a tiny patch of sunlight streaming through my window. It brings cheer and warmth.” Or, “I am glad to be drinking my morning coffee.” Throw on a pair of shoes or bundle up with winter boots and take a walk around the neighborhood. Find gratitude in the beautiful shape of an icicle hanging from the mailbox, a tiny spring flower breaking through the earth, or a bird singing its evening song. Count both the small and large things as blessings, because you can always find something to appreciate.

Embrace gratitude as we approach spring: finding joy in the beauty around you, the support and love of friends and family, the strength of your will to live, the encouragement of a sponsor, and the new day that brings hope and a fresh start.

Be determined to be grateful. It is life changing! 

Find Your New Life at Coast to Coast Recovery 
Coast to Coast Recovery offers recovery solutions that focus on getting it right, the first time. Using treatment matching protocols and a thorough admissions process, we will tailor your addiction treatment program to match your personal tastes, budget, and addiction history. To learn more or begin the admissions process today, call 800.210.8229 today.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

After All These Years: Baby Boomers & Addiction

addiction and baby boomersLook out: The Baby Boom Generation has reached retirement age, and once again it is causing demographic upheaval. In the field of addiction treatment, boomers are accounting for a rising number of clients, and, as in years past, they are presenting special challenges.

Number of Boomers in Treatment Expected to Grow 
The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that the baby boom generation (born 1946-1964) has a much higher rate of alcohol and illicit drug use as they age than generations preceding them. The survey authors estimate that some 5.7 million adults 50 and older will need drug or alcohol treatment by the year 2020.

60’s & 70’s Drug Culture Is Not the Only Reason 
While it is true that baby boomers had a high rate of illicit drug use when they were young, other factors are contributing to problem usage now that they are aging.

Declining Health: Many adults over 50 experience problems with chronic disease or injury and take prescribed medications for those conditions. Others may self-prescribe pain killers or alcohol to ease the aches and pains that are a part of aging.

Emotional Problems: Divorce, death of a loved one, job loss, and even retirement may leave older adults feeling depressed, lonely, withdrawn, and bored. To alleviate these feelings, they may return to heavy drinking or to using drugs that they had experimented with when they were young.

Family Responsibilities: Many baby boomers find themselves facing retirement with declining financial assets and growing family responsibilities. Some boomers are helping to care for elderly parents and also helping to raise grandchildren. They may begin to drink or use drugs as a way to deal with these stresses.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Addicted Boomers 
Older Americans present special problems for addiction treatment, but they are usually well-motivated and have a high probability of recovery. It is important to remember, though:

• Symptoms used to diagnose alcohol and drug use are also symptoms of aging.
• Diagnosis is complicated by drugs prescribed for chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression.
• Many older Americans who are high-functioning alcoholics and drug users are reluctant to accept help.
• Baby boomers often do not respond well in mixed-age support groups. They achieve the best results in individual therapy and peer support groups.

Drug Treatment Programs for Older Adults
Older adults require addiction treatment that is tailored to their generation and their specific needs. Coast to Coast Recovery preferred providers in FL and CA have programs geared to the lifestyle and special problems of retirees and seniors. If you have a loved one who has turned to alcohol or drugs in order to cope with the stresses of aging, call 800-210-8229 to speak with one of our trained interventionists. We’ll be by your side as you choose the best addiction care for your aging loved one.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Aftercare Support for Long-Term Recovery Success

addiction aftercare long term recoveryWhen rehab is over and you are heading home to your regular activities, you may find yourself having a few anxious moments. Yes, you have your recovery journal for reference; you know your relapse triggers, and you even have a sponsor to call when you are feeling shaky. You feel proud, excited, prepared, and apprehensive, all at the same time.

Consider Aftercare to Keep You on Track 
An aftercare plan is an added boost to your recovery. It helps you stay sober as you reintegrate into daily life. Because individuals are especially vulnerable to old habits during the first few months of recovery, many addiction treatment programs include an aftercare plan for their clients. A variety of aftercare options are available:

Extended Care Centers: These are a good solution for someone who has suffered chronic relapse or has ongoing dual diagnosis treatment needs. Care is structured, with an emphasis on having a routine, being responsible for chores and assignments, and continuing treatment, counseling, and recovery education.

Transitional Living Communities: For individuals who are unemployed or lack a stable, supportive environment to return to after rehab, sober living communities are a good solution. They offer structure, counseling and education, drug and alcohol screening, and an opportunity to form bonds with sober friends.

12 Step Meetings & Support Groups: Found in almost every large or small American city, 12-step programs are a traditional form of aftercare. Through weekly meetings, participants share their recovery concerns and receive support. They are able to form friendships, connect with a sponsor, and participate in social activities with sober companions.

Individual Counseling & Treatment: Many addiction treatment programs offer aftercare counseling sessions and treatment on an outpatient basis. Counseling can even be continued by teleconference if the patient is in another town. For some dual diagnosis conditions, referral can be made to a qualified professional who can continue therapy.

Sober Coaching: This is a great solution for someone who needs a little extra handholding while re-engaging with family and normal activities. Sober coaching can address specific problems that arise or simply serve as continuing education on ways to handle the pitfalls of the recovery process.

Find the Right Care & Aftercare the First Time 
Coast to Coast Recovery wants you to succeed at recovery the first time you take that big step to end your addiction. We have an extensive network of fully vetted recovery and aftercare service providers, so we are able to find the right treatment approach for your individual needs. Call 800-210-8229 to begin the treatment matching process with one of our caring intervention specialists, or fill out the convenient online request form.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sobriety Success Begins With Client Treatment Matching

addiction treatment matchingBreaking free from addiction is never a simple process, and there is no one-size-fits-all addiction recovery solution. Your personality, substance abuse history, mental health, and social preferences are uniquely yours, and your drug or alcohol rehabilitation should be, too. That’s why the Coast to Coast team uses a proven treatment matching process to place you in the environment that offers the greatest chance of recovery.

What Is Treatment Matching? 
During a treatment matching protocol, credentialed addiction specialists use questionnaires, interviews, and evaluation tools to develop tailored solutions for addiction recovery. Treatment matching includes an assessment of:

• Mental health status. Some clients facing co-occurring depression, anxiety, or other conditions are best placed in a dual-diagnosis treatment program. These programs address addiction and co-occurring disorders simultaneously for the best chance of rehabilitation success and restoration of mental and physical health.

Health & addiction history. Addiction is complicated. To best understand your needs, our team evaluates your substance abuse profile, addiction severity, and overall health factors before recommending a rehab situation.

Personality profile. Your personality determines, in large part, which program will motivate you most. You may be best suited for a non-traditional program—or you may thrive in a 12-step traditional treatment plan. Coast to Coast has dozens of options available, and we will help you choose the outpatient or residential treatment setting that will bring out the best in you.

Miscellaneous factors. Age, gender, and culture are often considered during the treatment matching process, as well as your family role, job responsibilities, and finances. In some cases, your personalized addiction recovery plan may include detox, medical treatment, mental health care, family counseling, vocational training, or legal counsel.

A New Beginning at Coast to Coast Recovery 
At Coast to Coast, we are committed to getting your rehab right the first time. When we take personal traits, relapse history, health background, and family situation into account, you are more likely to succeed in your sobriety for the long-term. To learn more about the Coast to Coast treatment matching process or speak with a member of our trained team, call 800.210.8229 or connect confidentially online. We will get you the help you need right away—and assist you with financing, payment plans, and safe travel.

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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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While we specialize matching you with the right program, it is critical that you own your decision to get help. To ensure that this happens, we (1) present our recommendations, (2) give you the opportunity to ask questions and address concerns, and (3) give you time to weigh the options. Why? Because choosing a program that suits your lifestyle and personal values increases the chances that you’ll achieve sustained sobriety.

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Admissions into our centers can happen quickly - even on the same day. Many clients and families are concerned about navigating this process. Don’t worry, we will handle that for you.

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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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