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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Do Safe Heroin Injection Facilities Reduce or Perpetuate Harm?

safe heroin injection facilities Alarm over the growing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. has prompted some urban officials to advocate for safe facilities where addicts can inject drugs without harassment. Such sites already exist in Europe and Canada, and officials in New York and Washington are laying the groundwork for similar sites in their states.

Harm Reduction Is the Goal
Conventional law enforcement and prevention programs have not put a stop to urban drug use. Some city officials see the establishment of supervised facilities as a way to reduce drug-related problems that have plagued urban neighborhoods for decades. In these supervised injection sites, users would inject heroin in a safe, clean, comfortable setting under the watchful eye of trained medical personnel. Proponents believe such sites would:

• Prevent overdose deaths
• Reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C & other infections
• Allow an underserved street population to have access to medical, mental heath & social services
• Provide a venue for education & referral to addiction treatment
• Clean up blighted urban areas & urban crime

The Other Side of the Argument
Many law enforcement and public health experts not only oppose supervised injection sites; they also reject the harm reduction philosophy behind them. John P. Walters, former director of drug control policy under President George W. Bush, recently wrote this in an opinion piece in USA Today: “For addicts, the humane public health response is to help them get and stay sober, or at the very least, opioid replacement therapy in sustained treatment. Any approach without these goals is cruel and dehumanizing—not healing, but perpetuating harm.”

Treatment for Lasting Recovery
At Coast to Coast, we believe that your loved ones can be freed from the tyranny of opioid addiction and the risk of overdose. Recovery is possible… It happens everyday! Let our dedicated team at Coast to Coast Recovery find the right treatment plan to set your son or daughter on the road to a lasting recovery.

We’ll be there to guide you through the entire process, from intervention to aftercare and sober living, if that is what your family member needs. Call 800.210.8229 and let us begin the treatment matching process today.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rehab Works—With a Little Help From You

make recovery work for youHow did you find yourself in rehab? Did a friend help you realize your drug or alcohol problem? Did your family use an intervention? Or did you simply become fed up with a life of chemical dependency?

How you got to rehab may not be important, but what you make of the opportunity to get sober is. You have a chance to improve your physical and emotional health, revive your spirit, understand what makes you tick, and emerge as someone equipped to handle the challenges of life.

7 Ways to Make Recovery Work for You
To make the most of your recovery experience, follow these simple (yet challenging) suggestions:

1. Stick to the program schedule. In substance abuse, drugs or alcohol rule your world. In recovery, you learn to exert control over your life and discipline over yourself. Trust that every moment of your rehab experience has a purpose—and stick with it even when you want to quit.

2. Be honest with yourself, your therapist, and your support group. Unraveling the causes of your addiction may be difficult, but that’s the only way to get the right treatment for co-occurring conditions. Group therapy puts men and women on equal footing and helps them feel at ease while admitting their shortcomings. It is when honesty begins that true healing also begins.

3. Think of the recovery staff as your personal allies. Many staff members know the difficulties of sobriety firsthand. Recognize that they are there to help you and accept their guidance with gratitude.

4. Eat well and exercise. Addiction takes a toll on you physically and mentally. Nutritious meals and physical exercise are essential to rehabilitating your body and your mind. As you purge toxins and replace nutrients that your body craves, you will also feel less tired and more motivated.

5. Take care of your appearance. In chemical dependency, the one thing you think about is your drug of choice. In drug or alcohol recovery, you learn to reclaim yourself. Grooming is self-care. Enjoy it!

6. Practice the relaxation and stress relief techniques you’ve been taught. Stress and emotions can be powerful relapse triggers. Mastering these techniques will help you stay in lasting recovery.

7. Interact with your support group. You’ll gain insight into the roots of your addiction—and you may help someone else in their addiction struggle.

Finding the Right 30 Day Rehab for You
Rehab doesn’t always have a revolving door. With the help of Coast to Coast Recovery’s treatment matching protocol, you can find the right rehab treatment the first time. And our help doesn’t end there.

We offer lifetime recovery support, and there’s no cost to you for our services. Take the first step to a sober life and dial 800.210.8229 now. Our team is standing by 24/7 to assist you with insurance verification and CA rehab enrollment.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Resuming the Role of Parent After Rehab

resuming role parent after rehabParents struggling with substance abuse often find themselves ostracized from the family. Instead of being the dependable provider, protector, or nurturer, these men and women have shown their vulnerabilities. There is much to recover from—both personally and relationally. As they seek help for drug or alcohol misuse, many parents in treatment programs falsely believe they have become irrelevant to their children or that their children would be better off without them.

Fortunately, recovery and sobriety can bring a new perspective. Acknowledging deep hurts and making amends is a key component of the 12 Steps and other recovery programs. Parents in recovery still have an important role to play in their children’s lives, but they may encounter resistance to reentering the family circle.

Here are some suggestions to consider as you begin to resume your parenting role:

• Apologize & listen. When you were struggling with substance abuse, you were undependable and unpredictable. Now is the time to listen to your children as they express their anger, disappointment, and hurt over your chemical dependency and resulting behaviors.

• Commit to family counseling & support. Encourage your children to also join a support group or to get counseling for issues they are unable to resolve. Addiction is a family disease and must be treated as one.

• Redefine your role as a mother or father. Don’t expect to be needed as a traditional Mom or Dad—or for family dynamics to be the same as before you began using or drinking. Look for ways you can show your love and support without disrupting the family’s healing and equilibrium.

• Consider a contract. If you have young children, your spouse may be reluctant to entrust you with their care. Ease his or her fears by signing a contract that details your responsibilities and consequences for future infractions.

• Give the process time. Remember, you didn’t lose your family’s trust all at once, and you won’t regain it immediately. Recovery is a process in which you are learning about and redefining yourself without drugs or alcohol. Your family must get to know and trust this new you, too.

Coast to Coast Treatment for Addiction & Dual Diagnosis
Recovery at Coast to Coast facilities helps clients escape the isolation of drug and alcohol use and the fear of returning home to their families. Call 800.210.8229 now to begin your journey toward becoming the sober, reliable parent you wish to be.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Using Mindfulness Meditation to Promote Addiction Recovery

mindfulness meditation addiction recoveryAlthough it's true that genetic factors can make a person more susceptible to addiction, people often turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or past trauma. For people suffering from addictive or co-occurring disorders, mental health treatment is a key component of successful rehab. Without addressing the issues that led to a desire to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, men and women are more likely to relapse.

What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness meditation is becoming popular in holistic rehabs because it gives people a way to take control of their recovery. It's an easy-to-learn coping mechanism that helps substance abusers deal with the unpleasant emotions often linked to cravings or the tendency to relapse.

Mindfulness is simply focusing your attention on the present moment rather than letting your mind wander. When you practice mindfulness meditation, you focus on your breath and the sensations in your body. As you think about what's happening in that exact moment, mindfulness urges you to set aside contemplating your massive to-do list or worrying about an argument you’ve recently had with a friend.

The term mindfulness is a translation of the Pali word sati, which plays a strong role in some Buddhist traditions. However, mindfulness meditation used as part of the recovery process does not require any specific religious belief. You can experience the benefits regardless of your faith or belief in a higher power.

How Does Mindfulness Work?
Psychology Today reports that mindfulness meditation, combined with a regular yoga practice or moderate exercise, can be helpful as a mood-regulating tool for people struggling with substance abuse. Studies have shown that mindfulness meditation helps reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the bloodstream. It also boosts the immune system by increasing your interleukin levels, and improves your ability to cleanse the body of chemical toxins that can affect neurotransmitter receptors.

A Holistic Rehab Experience

If you're struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, Coast to Coast can help. We offer a holistic rehab experience that uses meditation, acupuncture, and art therapy to help you work through the emotional issues that may be contributing to your substance abuse problem. To learn more, call (800) 210-8229 or complete our confidential online form. Our team is available 24/7 when you need us the most.

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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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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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