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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Knowing Your Family History Helps in Recovery Treatment

family history addictionAs scientists unravel the makeup of our DNA, more and more diseases are found to have a genetic component. This finding could eventually help practitioners determine why one person succumbs to a disease and another does not. The same thing is happening with psychological and behavioral conditions: Research is turning up genetic factors that may be used to determine who is at risk for these conditions.

As yet, science has not provided definitive proof that DNA predetermines a condition like addiction. However, research is showing that family history may reveal genetic and environmental risk factors for addiction, and this knowledge could be invaluable for recovery treatment.

Conditions that Show Family Linkage 
Alcoholism and addictive behaviors are often said to run in families, although there is little scientific evidence of this. It may be a combination of genetic predisposition and family patterns of social behavior and poorly developed coping skills that account for substance abuse in relatives. Addiction treatment professionals recognize the need for dual-diagnosis treatment when conditions like the following are present in someone who has entered a rehab program:

• Physical illnesses like diabetes and other autoimmune disorders. These conditions have long been recognized as running in families. Often, individuals who are caught up in substance abuse neglect their health and are unaware of the early warning signs of such diseases.

• Mental health conditions like bi-polar disorder, clinical depression, and psychotic illnesses. These conditions may have led to addiction or stemmed from it. For recovery to be effective and lasting, these conditions must be recognized and treated, too. Often, a family history can indicate the possible presence of such conditions.

• Other behavioral conditions like eating disorders, compulsive behaviors, gambling addiction, and anxiety. These disorders may occur in related individuals and often accompany substance abuse.

Treatment Matching at Coast to Coast Recovery
The addiction treatment specialists at Coast to Coast know how important it is to find the right treatment program the first time. To aid them in identifying the best fit for you, they use a special treatment matching protocol. The first step is a detailed assessment of your substance abuse profile, mental health status, personality, and other factors such as a family history of disease and disorders that could affect your health and behavior.

With this information, Coast to Coast is able to recommend a customized rehab plan designed around your needs. Call 800-210-8229 to speak directly with our staff, or submit an online inquiry and we will contact you to begin the enrollment process.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring Decluttering for Addiction Treatment

spring decluttering for addiction treatmentWhile most people vacuum and clear out the cobwebs during spring cleaning, men and women recovering from substance abuse can view this annual ritual through the lens of mind, body, and spirit. Routinely taking stock of your lifestyle, emotions, and physical health brings about renewal. 

What Is Cluttering Your Life?
When you get rid of the “junk” in your life, you make room for growth, self-discipline, and sobriety progress. Take a period of self-examination this spring and resolve to take action against these clutter items:

• Financial pressure. Chances are addiction caused some degree of financial ruin in your life. Whether it’s outstanding credit card balances, job loss, or a depleted savings account, it’s time to make a plan. Work with a life skills coach or schedule an appointment with a financial planner so you can get your money back on track. Even the simple step of creating a basic budget will give you a sense of control.

• Overscheduling. Part of your addiction recovery may require finding new employment, pursuing new hobbies, and connecting with new, sober friends. In your quest to fill the gaps that used to be reserved for drinking or using, it is easy to overschedule yourself. Many men and women justify this process by telling themselves that they need to stay busy to keep their mind off of addiction. Remember, though—increased stress can lead to relapse. Strive for life balance and say no to over scheduling.

• Overstimulation. We have gotten used to non-stop input, but studies show that peaceful people are intentional about quiet time. Set aside 15 to 30 minutes per day to be still. Retreat to a stimulation-free environment, enjoy a cup of tea, or soak in a hot bath. Your quiet time may include prayer and spiritual growth, or it may just be a good time to concentrate on your breath, journal your feelings, or begin a yoga and meditation practice.

Create Space for Growth this Spring
This year, begin your spring by decluttering your physical space, as well. Pick one space to clean each day, and purge unneeded items— especially those that remind you of your addiction. You may not even realize it, but extra “stuff” can make you feel edgy, anxious, and overwhelmed. If you struggle in this area, ask a friend to help or hire a professional organizer to direct your efforts. Clutter-free environments bring a sense of calm and allow you to focus 100% of your energy on your recovery.

The addiction specialists at Coast to Coast Recovery provide support as you declutter your life from drugs, alcohol, or decades of emotional baggage. Call 800.210.8229 to begin the treatment matching process or inquire about our residential drug and alcohol treatment programs.

Monday, March 14, 2016

A Surge in Benzodiazepine Overdose Deaths

surge in benzodiazapine overdose deaths Although opioid overdose deaths have been grabbing headlines and garnering attention in the 2016 presidential campaign, a recent online article in the American Journal of Public Health points out that the number of overdose deaths from benzodiazepines has also surged. These drugs are used to treat mood disorders, anxiety, and insomnia—and are better known as the widely prescribed sedatives, Valium, Xanax, and Klonopin.

Researchers Analyze Trends
Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Health system, and Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania wanted to study prescription and usage trends for these drugs. To do so, they analyzed data from two sources:

1. The federally sponsored Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
2. Multiple cause-of-death data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Findings: Increased Prescription Use
Between 1996 and 2013, the number of adults purchasing a benzodiazepine prescription increased by 67%, and the average prescription quantity filled in a year more than doubled. During the same time frame, overdose deaths involving these drugs increased from .58 per 100,000 adults (1996) to 3.14 per 100,000 adults (2013)—a four-fold increase. Moreover, benzodiazepines were involved in 31% of the prescription drug overdose deaths in 2013.

Speculation on the Disproportionate Overdose Deaths 
Overdoses from benzodiazepines have increased at a much faster rate than prescriptions for the drugs, indicating that people have been taking them in a riskier way over time," said lead author Marcus Bachhuber, M.D., MS., assistant professor of medicine at Einstein and attending physician of internal medicine at Montefiore. Senior author Joanna Starrels, M.D., M.S., associate professor of medicine at Einstein and attending physician of internal medicine at Montefiore offered these study findings as possible reasons for the increase in overdose deaths:

• Greater quantities of benzodiazepines prescribed to patients, indicating a higher daily dose or more days of treatment.
• Individuals at high risk for overdose using drugs obtained illegitimately.
• Use of alcohol & drugs like opioids with benzodiazepines.

Dr. Starrels points out that opioids were found in 75% of the overdose deaths attributable to benzodiazepines.

Don’t Risk an Overdose by Your Loved One
If you suspect a loved one is taking a deadly combination of prescribed and non-prescribed drugs with alcohol, act now. Waiting could mean an accidental overdose that takes the life of someone dear to you. The addiction specialists at Coast to Coast Recovery have the resources you need to save your addicted loved one: professional drug intervention, comfortable drug and alcohol detox, co-occurring mental illness treatment, and sober companions and transport services. Dial 800.210.8229 to start the treatment matching process today.

Source: Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Overdose deaths from common sedatives have surged, new study finds." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 February 2016.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Avoiding Relapse Triggers

avoiding relapse triggers in addiction recoverySobriety is a journey. It is daily choosing to be sober, healthy, and to move forward in a new way. As you have discovered, you must be intentional about strengthening your recovery and avoiding old patterns and habits that may trigger cravings.

These triggers could be stress, places, people, patterns, or feelings that pull you away from your sobriety.

Examples of Common Relapse Triggers
• Friends or family who use
• Old hangouts where you drank or did drugs (Bars, friends’ homes, parties, etc.)
• Stressors such as events, work, relationships, finances, or emotional situations/issues
• Unhealthy or enabling relationships
• Anything that sparks a craving – even loneliness or boredom

Ways to Avoid Relapse Triggers as Much as Possible
Remember to be grateful each day and to focus on the amazing accomplishment of choosing sobriety. You can also use these tips to avoid or manage triggers as they arise:

Be aware of your personal triggers in order to avoid them.
• Continue the holistic approaches and mindfulness practices learned and implemented in your treatment program.
• Make a new circle of friends who are sober and clean.
Avoid locations where you used to get high or drink excessively.
Get rid of all paraphernalia and clear out anything used to fuel your addiction or anything that reminds you of it.
Develop new hobbies by joining a class (painting, rock climbing, theater, cooking, etc.)
Volunteer for something that grabs your attention and forces you outside yourself and into helping others.
Exercise regularly. Go for a run, try a dance class, or join a yoga class.

A Plan to Maintain Sobriety
Realistically, not all triggers can be avoided. Have a plan in place to deal with cravings so you can stay strong in your addiction recovery. Plan ideas include:

• Calling a sponsor, counselor, or friend.
• Attending a recovery support group.
• Creating a go-to list of the reasons you chose sobriety.
• Getting a massage or doing yoga each day.
• Going for a walk.
• Praying and meditating.
• Writing, painting, dancing, or singing. Choose something that helps you express and process your emotions.
• Keeping a handy list of phone numbers you can call in times of crisis. (Your sponsor, your counselor, friends from your support group, or family members.)
• Gathering as much support as possible. Surround yourself with positive, healthy people. Embrace gratitude, find your joy, establish healthy boundaries, and take care of yourself.
• Implementing a reward system. Each year, month, week, day, hour or minute you are sober is an accomplishment.

Making Healthy Choices for Your Sobriety
As you move forward in your recovery, counseling (either individual or group) is an essential piece of the puzzle. There are underlying issues that led to your substance abuse, and therapy can help you work through these emotional wounds. Facing and addressing these factors will help you heal and be stronger, so it is critical to continue the healing you began in addiction recovery.

Innovative Therapies for CA Addiction Recovery
Aftercare begins with a balanced plan. At Coast to Coast Recovery, we teach you to identify triggers and chart your course for success. Empower yourself today: call 800.210.8229 to speak with an admissions counselor 24/7.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Insurance Coverage for Addiction Treatment

insurance coverage for addiction treatmentOnce you admit to yourself that you have a serious problem with drug or alcohol abuse, you may flirt with the idea of rehab for weeks, months, or even years before you finally take action. There are scores of excuses you can make, but “my insurance won’t cover it” should not be one of them. 

Mandates for Insurance Policies
Since 2008, there have been significant changes in federal and state mandated coverage requirements regarding mental and behavioral health problems:

• 43 states & the District of Columbia require that insurance policies provide coverage for mental and behavioral health conditions like alcohol use disorder and substance use disorder. States without this mandate are Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

• The Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008 restricts insurance company limitations on mental health benefits. Mental health disorders and substance use disorders must receive benefits equivalent to those for medical treatment or surgery. This act applies to group policies provided by employers with more than 50 employees.

• Individual and group policies purchased through state and federal marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act consider substance use disorder treatment to be an essential health benefit. All of these plans must cover addiction treatment, as well as psychotherapy, counseling, and inpatient treatment services. In addition, a pre-existing history of substance abuse cannot be used to deny coverage, put yearly limits on benefits, or charge more for coverage.

If you are considering entering addiction treatment, these recently mandated benefits should help to ease your worries about treatment costs.

Guiding You through the Recovery Process 
The decision to seek addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one is often filled with conflicting emotions and worries. Figuring out what insurance benefits you are entitled to should not exacerbate your stress. Coast to Coast Recovery insurance verification specialists handle that process for you.

Insurance benefit verification is just one of the factors Coast to Coast Recovery considers in our unique treatment matching protocol. Our goal is to find the right treatment for you, the first time, so that you have the best possible chance for a lasting recovery. A call to 800.210.8229 begins the insurance verification process, and in just an hour or two, treatment pre-authorization can begin. With just one call to Coast to Coast, you or your loved one will be on the road to a more fulfilling life in recovery.

CALL (800) 210-8229 and we will assist you with:

Want to know if insurance will cover addiction treatment? Give us 2 hours and we will let you know.

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