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Thursday, July 28, 2016

6 Signs You Are Enabling Your Spouse

It’s not possible for you to cause your loved one’s addiction – but you may be enabling his or her behavior and thereby delaying treatment.

Here are some red flags to watch for:

Do you make excuses for bad behavior? “His job has made him very stressed lately” or “Sorry we had to leave early, but he hasn't been feeling well all week.” Sound familiar? Making excuses prevents your loved one from owning up to his or her misguided actions.

Are you afraid of conflict? In other words, do you avoid bringing up your spouse’s prescription pill abuse or heavy drinking for fear of an argument? Not talking about it won’t help you or your loved one.

Have you taken over his chores and obligations? Whether it’s cooking, carpooling, or completing a work assignment, fulfilling his obligations is enabling your loved one to shirk responsibilities and continue using.

Do you use or drink with your spouse? This will send the message that his substance abuse is acceptable (and even encouraged) by you.

Are you always cleaning up your spouse’s messes? Whether you’ve bailed him out after a DWI or lied to his boss about missed work, cleaning up after your addicted loved one prevents him or her from taking responsibility for bad choices and behaviors.

Do you lend him money? Providing financial help – whether by paying off a gambling debt or lending him money for gas – is another way to support his addiction.

You Need Help, Too
Loving an addict is devastating. Addiction support groups, trusted family members, and regular therapy sessions can play a role in your healing process. Coast to Coast specializes in family therapy and recovery options for spouses, relatives, and loved ones influenced by the trauma of addiction. To learn more, call today: 800-210-8229.

Friday, July 22, 2016

3 Benefits of Tai Chi for Addiction

Tai chi, originally used in China as a martial art, has become an increasingly popular mind-body practice in the addiction community. When combined with traditional addiction treatment, tai chi can provide powerful support for those in recovery. 

This is partly because the so-called “moving meditation” can be practiced by anyone, anywhere and at anytime – making it a valuable tool that those in recovery can use to stay sober for the rest of their lives. The low-impact, slow-motion exercise puts minimal stress on muscles and joints and can be easily adapted for all ages and fitness levels. It can be practiced alone or in a group setting.

Studies have shown tai chi’s mental health benefits to be numerous, ranging from stress and anxiety reduction to improved mood to better quality sleep and more. Let’s take a look at some of the ways tai chi can help you or someone you love: 

  1. More focus and concentration: Tai chi trains you to be present in the here and now -- both during your practice and when you go about the rest of your day. This can help you better focus on your recovery as well as improve your ability to transform a negative outlook or thought into a positive optimistic one. 
  2. Better mental health. Relaxation is one of the main principles emphasized in tai chi. Anxiety and stress creates tension in our muscles, which tai chi is known to release. In fact, the meditative aspects of tai chi have been touted to relieve stress, lessen anxiety, decrease depression, and improve self-confidence. 
  3. Improved well-being. Research has linked tai chi to an improved digestion, enhanced immune system, and better sleep. Regular tai chi practitioners report an overall feeling of improved wellness. 

Holistic Drug Rehab at Coast to Coast
Our beautiful facilities provide the perfect setting for tai chi and other therapies that help restore your mind, body, and spirit as you rid your whole self from addiction. To learn more about our holistic rehab programs, call 800-210-8229.

Friday, July 15, 2016

6 Scary Facts About Teens and Prescription Drugs

Did you know that prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans ages 14 and older, after marijuana and alcohol? This is just one of the many alarming facts when it comes to teens and prescription drug abuse. 

Here we take a look at some others: 

1. Prescription drugs that affect the brain, including opioid painkillers, stimulants, and depressants, may cause physical dependence that can turn into addiction.

2. Many teens believe that prescription drugs are safer and less harmful than other drugs – but this isn’t the case. And, in fact, the impact is particularly harmful to a developing adolescent brain and body. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHA), short- and long-term health consequences include: 
  • Stimulants: Similar to cocaine, these drugs cause paranoia, dangerously high body temperatures, and an irregular heartbeat. This is especially true if they are taken in large doses or in ways other than swallowing a pill.
  • Opioids. These meds act on the same parts of the brain as heroin and, depending on the amount taken, can cause drowsiness, nausea, constipation, and slowed breathing.
  • Depressants. Chronic use can cause slurred speech, shallow breathing, fatigue, disorientation, lack of coordination, and seizures upon withdrawal.
3. One in four teenagers mistakenly believe that prescription drugs can be used as a study aid, notes SAMHA.

4. Two-thirds of teens who misused pain relievers in the past year got them from family and friends, including their home’s medicine cabinets, according to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The solution: safe storage and disposal of medications.

5. Seven out of 10 teen non-medical users combine opioids with other substances, including marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, tranquilizers, and amphetamines.

6. More than half of the drug overdose deaths in the United States each year are caused by prescription drug abuse.

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Coast to Coast teen programs have saved thousands of lives, and clients can choose from long-term rehabs, short-term rehabs, 30-day rehabs, mental health disorder management, gender-specific therapy environments, wilderness and art therapy, and more. Call today: 800-210-8229.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Trauma Affects the Whole Family

trauma affects whole familyEncountering traumatic events is common among addicts. Although you didn’t choose these events, they can (and do) affect your life in a great number of ways. This is something you and your family know all too well. Traumatic events, after all, don’t just impact you but the ones you love as well.

A study in the Current Opinion in Psychology shows that if you suffer from posttraumatic stress syndrome (PTSS), certain behaviors—avoidance, arousal, negative thinking and mood—can negatively impact not only our own life but your relationships as well.

According to research, PTSS can:

• Increase relationship disharmony
• Decrease warmth between couples
• Increase conflict in relationships
• Increase anger and anxiety in couples
• Increase systolic blood pressure during conflicts for both members of a couple

So if you’re experiencing any of these outcomes after a traumatic event, know that you’re not alone. Stress from trauma has a way of undermining romantic relationships. But it doesn’t have to. It’s also possible, the research shows, for the opposite to happen. “Many people show growth post trauma,” the researchers write.

How Traumatic Events Can Help You Grow 
Traumatic events can:

• Instill a greater appreciation for life
• Increase responsiveness toward a partner
• Increase understanding of your partner
• Help you appreciate a partner’s opinions and values
• Help partners better care for one another

Help for You and Your Family
Coast to Coast Recovery’s addiction treatment program works with you and your specific needs to develop a treatment approach that balances the mind, body, and spirit. Our treatment plans include traditional treatment approaches—such as medical care, medical detox, and individual or family therapy—alongside natural healing practices. For more information about how Coast to Coast Recovery can help their families with our specialized services, please contact us today at 1-800-210-8229. We’re here for you.

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