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Monday, September 26, 2016

5 Tips for Personal Goal Setting

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Did you know that your journey to addiction recovery is more than simply overcoming substance use and abuse? Ending an unhealthy dependence on drugs or alcohol is actually much bigger than that. Achieving and maintaining your sobriety is also about improving each and every aspect of your life – forging stronger personal and professional relationships, adopting healthier eating habits and exercise routines and learning healthy coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety. By making positive lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk of falling back into the toxic behaviors that led to a life of addiction.  

If you are working on creating a new, more vibrant and addiction-free life, it’s wise to take a few moments to develop an action plan that outlines what you want to achieve and how you are going to reach your goals. Don’t worry. It doesn’t have to be perfect or the length of a novel. Just consider a few of these tips for making personal goals for a better and more fulfilling life for yourself – one free from addiction.

Be Proactive, Not Reactive About Your Future
  1. Write down the key areas of your life that you want to improve. This can include your career, your finances, your health – anything that you may have been neglecting while you were under the influence of addiction.
  2. Create mini-goals for yourself. It’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about where you are now and where you want to be 5, 10 or 20 years down the line. Jot down a few realistic goals for yourself that you can accomplish in the near term. For example, say you want to lose 10 pounds in the next twelve months. Think through a realistic weight loss strategy and outline your specific goals for each month. 
  3. Prioritize your goals. If you are creating a new, sober lifestyle, evaluate which goals will make the most impact and help fuel your addiction recovery.
  4. Develop an action plan. Write down the lifestyle choices you can make to support each of your goals and be specific. If you want to reduce your credit card debt, think about how you can cut back on unnecessary spending and pay down more of your balance each month.
  5. Celebrate your success! Set aside a specific time each week to review your progress towards your goals and fine-tune your personal development plan. Reminding yourself of your recent accomplishments will help you stay motivated, boost your self-confidence and help you stay on track!

Find a Healthier You at Coast to Coast Recovery

At Coast to Coast Recovery, you can find a range of addiction treatment services from holistic healing and complementary therapies to 12-step programs and Christian-based teaching. Let us help you end a life of addiction and start your journey to lasting sobriety. To learn more, call (800) 210-8229.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Surprising Tool to Support Your Sobriety

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If you are on a path to addiction recovery and creating a new life that doesn’t include drugs or alcohol, you are probably already reaping the many physical, social and emotional health benefits. Individuals who are newly sober often find that they have more energy throughout the day, less brain fog and also report another interesting byproduct of their sobriety – more free time.

Closing the chapter of your life that was driven by your addiction is certainly an accomplishment, though it is important to find new, healthy ways to spend your time to avoid falling back into negative patterns of substance use and abuse.

Quick Tip: Reading a Book is Good for Your Recovery!

If you are searching for a healthy way to support your recovery, picking up a book can help you prevent relapse and also offer a wide range of benefits that boost your overall health and happiness.

4 Reasons Why You Should Head to Your Local Bookstore:

1.    Reading is like exercise for your brain. You probably go to the gym to stay in shape and get fit, but did you know that reading can do the same for your mental health? According to research published in Neurology, activities that give your brain a workout are shown to delay cognitive decline later in life.
2.    Opening a book can help you seriously fight stress. It’s important to develop an arsenal of tools to combat stress and anxiety to avoid turning to drugs and alcohol - and reading can help you do just that. In fact, in a study conducted by Sussex University researchers, reading was found to reduce stress levels by nearly 68 percent!

3.    Reading can help you get better sleep. Insomnia is one of the most common withdrawal symptoms reported by addicts working to overcome a dependency on drugs and alcohol and reading a book, even for just a few minutes, can offer much-needed relief and help you get back to sleep.

4.    Discovering an inspiring plot or character can help motivate you. Sticking to your goals of sobriety may not be easy, but you may be surprised to learn that reading can help you on your journey to addiction recovery. Ohio State University researchers found that individuals who read books that featured characters overcoming adversity were more likely to achieve their own personal goals in real life.

Holistic Drug Rehab at Coast to Coast

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Does Your Loved One Have an Eating Disorder? Know the Warning Signs!

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One of the most common myths about eating disorders is that it only affects women in their teens and twenties.

The truth is that each year thousands of individuals of all ages, genders and races are diagnosed with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and unhealthy food addictions.

Left untreated, eating disorders can lead to severe health complications including brain damage, heart attack and stroke, organ failure, infertility, and even death.

That’s why it is important to understand the signs and symptoms associated with eating disorders. By learning how to spot the unhealthy behaviors associated with food obsessions or abnormal eating patterns, you can help a friend or family member get the clinical support they need to overcome potentially life-threating food addictions.

While eating disorders present differently in each person, the following includes some of the most common behaviors and symptoms associated with eating disorders.

1. Severely restricted eating habits. Anorexia Nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders. Individuals who have this condition often go to extreme measures to restrict the amount and type of food that they will eat. Anorexics will often skip meals, obsessively count calories and create extremely strict diets – such as only eating a very limited range of foods or at certain times of the day.

2. Frequent binge-eating and red or scraped knuckles. Bulimia is a condition where individuals consume large amounts of food in a very short period of time, often followed by vomiting or abusing laxatives to rid the food from their body. Some of the tell-tale symptoms of bulimia include eating alone to keep the disorder a secret and teeth marks on the knuckles of their hands – it’s a sign of purging.

3. Dramatic fluctuations in weight. One of the most telltale signs of an eating disorder or food addiction is dramatic weight loss or weight gain. If you notice that a family member of friend rapidly starts to lose or gain weight, they may suffer from a disordered eating condition.

Do you suspect that someone close to you may have an eating disorder? To ensure that you don't try to handle the situation on your own, you should contact someone who is an expert in treating these types of food addictions. They can prescribe the right treatment plan and may even recommend an eating disorder intervention.

Schedule an Eating Disorder Consultation Today 

Coast to Coast’s interventionists have an exceptional success rate for addiction interventions and eating disorder interventions. If you have tried to talk with a loved one on your own, you have probably hit a dead end. Eating disorders are a mental health problem, and individuals with eating disorders use manipulation, deceit, and other tactics to avoid being outed. That’s why you need a professional. Call (800) 210-8229 today, our trained staff is here to help.
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