Inflammation is a normal function of the human body, the immune system’s first reaction to a perceived danger. However, when inflammation occurs too often, it represents a grave health threat.

A number of lifestyle choices can increase a person’s risk of chronic systemic inflammation. They include smoking, a diet high in sugar and trans fats, and excessive alcohol consumption.

What Is Inflammation?

When the immune system initiates inflammation, it sends inflammatory cells to the part of the body where it senses a problem (1). Soon, proteins and antibodies travel to that area as well, and the level of blood flow to the region increases. This process could take hours or, in cases of acute inflammation, days.

Inflammation sometimes comes with external symptoms such as swelling of the skin, rashes, and redness. However, there might not be any visible signs of chronic internal inflammation. Even so, chronic inflammation often induces symptoms like fever, fatigue, and pain in the chest or stomach.

Chronic inflammation can cause lasting harm. It can damage healthy cells, tissues, and organs. It can be a contributing factor in Alzheimer’s disease, depression, heart disease, diabetes, and many other serious disorders. Chronic systemic inflammation can even lead to genetic mutations that result in cancerous tumors (2).

The Link Between Alcohol and Chronic Inflammation

How can consuming too much alcohol lead to whole body inflammation? Over time and in large quantities, alcohol can alter the lining of the intestines and the colon. Consequently, they become less capable of containing bacteria. Thus, some of the bacteria that live in those organs, a portion of which may be toxic, can seep into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body.

Though not all of those microbes are necessarily harmful, the immune system will still view them all as a threat. Accordingly, it is likely to induce inflammation on a frequent basis.

Indeed, in 2010, researchers at the University of Porto published the results of a study that connected higher amounts of alcohol in the body to higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) (3). The liver produces CRP, and it makes more of this protein whenever inflammation occurs. Thus, CRP is an inflammatory marker: The more CRP that’s present in the blood, the more a person has experienced inflammation.

Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

To avoid chronic inflammation, it’s important to set an alcohol limit.

But, people sometimes have trouble setting limits due to an addiction. We can help individuals overcome their chemical dependence on alcohol through a program of detoxification (5).

The center’s healthcare providers guide patients through their withdrawal symptoms with medication, counseling, group meetings, yoga, massage and an array of other tools. Personalized support is available 24 hours a day.

Once people have control over their alcohol intake, they may gain control over their chronic inflammation as well. The health benefits of this empowerment are truly profound.

Sources:

1. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-you-should-pay-attention-to-chronic-inflammation/

2. https://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/articles/2009/11/02/building-a-diet-that-lowers-inflammation

3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20083478

4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-foods-that-cause-inflammation

5. https://www.magnoliarecoverycenter.com/treatment-focus/alcohol-addiction/

As we hear time and again, exercise and physical activity are imperative to good health; it helps rebuild lost strength and endurance, reduces the risk of associated chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes, and can improve mood. The benefits are widely applicable for those in recovery as well and can boost the effectiveness of treatment.

When an individual comes into treatment, they have often neglected their physical wellness. At Serenity View Recovery Center, we believe it’s just as important to heal the damage of a dysfunctional lifestyle as it is to repair the psychological damage of addiction and mental health issues.

The primary goal of our wellness program is to develop realistic, actionable, and sustainable individualized plans that aren’t intended to cease when treatment ceases. We know wellness, like recovery, is a lifestyle change. It’s not one thing, one change, but rather many small changes that compile over time until wellness becomes a way of life. Through the use of exercise, yoga, meditation, and nutrition, we can implement practices that help our patients reduce symptoms of depression, mend self-concept, improve cognitive function, and develop healthy coping skills.

Each patient has the opportunity to take part in our individual wellness programming during their stay. As soon as the patient is ready, they sign up to complete an initial assessment with the Wellness Director as a first step to receiving his/her individual wellness program. The assessment consists of completing a PAR-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire), setting patient-specific goals (i.e., reducing chronic pain, increasing strength/healthy weight gain, improved body composition, stress relief, etc.), and completing the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). The FMS is a screen consisting of seven movements that help determine areas of pain, muscle imbalances, or chances of future injury through exercise. If any issues are found, this screen allows for proper corrective exercise programming.

Upon completion of the initial assessment, the patient can begin their individual sessions. Session rate is typically between 2-3x/week, always supervised at a 1:1 ration with the Wellness Director, and is determined primarily by the patients’ goals and exercise needs. On days when patients don’t have a session, they are given programming to work on, which can be anything from a half hour of yoga or as simple as taking a walk on the Serenity Trail to enjoy the weather and relax. To avoid over-exercising and to reduce the chance for injury, especially for beginners, any “weight lifting” is saved for individual sessions and is never given as something to do on the patients “days off.”

Before discharge, each patient, whether they participated in their individual wellness program, is given a take-home packet filled with yoga routines, meditation audio links, and any information they need regarding the wellness programming at Serenity View. Patients who participated in individual sessions are sent a 12-week exercise/wellness program that is geared to his/her specific goals and needs. After the patient completes the 12-week program, they are encouraged to contact the Wellness Director for a new 12-week program with progressions to the exercises done previously. This allows the patient to continue improving and working towards their goals, as well as keeping them accountable.

Each program takes into account time constraints and equipment availability. Programs are built around each patients’ access to equipment and realistic time available to exercise. Every individual program is based on the patients’ primary goals and progresses each week.

Again, the primary goal of the wellness program at Serenity View Recovery Center is to develop realistic, actionable, and sustainable wellness programs that aren’t intended to cease when treatment ceases but continue to make life more manageable and enjoyable and recovery more sustainable.

Dylan James, NSCA-CPT, NSPA-CNC, NASM
Wellness Director, Serenity View Recovery Center

 

 

When heartbreak occurs, we react in two ways: emotional expression or emotional repression. While everyone manages pain differently, there are definitely healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with emotional pain. For example, if not processed in a healthy way, heartbreak can cause negative effects on the mind and body. It can quickly become a serious problem if not handled appropriately. You may be tempted to create a more comfortable state of mind or emotion to take the pain away. However, doing so through the use of substance or addiction creates a false sense of well-being. The pain is still there; it’s just covered up. Getting through heartbreak can be a challenge, and what you choose to lean on for support will either lead to healing or further pain. These helpful tips teach you the value of quality treatments, pointing you to healthy healing through heartbreak.

Blame Game Over

Some individuals tend to seclude themselves after heartbreak, while others wear their heart on their on their sleeve. Either way, you express yourself during this difficult time, it’s important to recognize any guilt or self-blame you may be feeling. While it’s common after heartbreak to feel guilt, it’s not healthy to internalize such thoughts. Talk about it and find solutions through therapeutic guidance so you can put those thoughts of self-blame to rest.

Give Your Time

Studies show that people who volunteer to do selfless acts within their community are less likely to focus on their own struggles. There’s something rewarding about helping someone less fortunate and being needed to fill in the gaps for them. Helping others reminds us that we are not alone in our pain and suffering. Your time and efforts will never go unnoticed to those who are in need. Local churches and food banks are great places to become an active part of your community.

Expand Your Horizons

Suppose your life has a repetitive cycle of home and work each week. When you’re going through heartbreak, it’s easy to slip into your normal routine as a way to avoid feeling pain. But it would highly benefit you to get out of your comfort zone and expand your (geographical) horizons. Take a bus tour or hop on a plane to a place you’ve always wanted to go. Getting out of your normal routine can open doors for you to meet new people, explore new avenues of adventures, and encourage you to confidently (and comfortably) be on your own.

Eat Right

Heartbreak can sometimes lead to depression, which can lead to overeating, or perhaps not eating enough. It’s perfectly normal to experience a change in appetite after a difficult experience, but developing unhealthy eating patterns can pose serious risks to your health. Avoid binge eating, drinking alcohol or taking drugs of any kind, as this only complicates your mental state and can prolong or prevent recovery.

Taking Care of Yourself Makes You Feel Good

When heartbreak hits, it robs us of the enjoyment of everyday experiences, such as putting on makeup or dressing up. It’s too easy to get into a slump and let the negative emotions take control of how you feel about yourself. Avoid neglecting your personal hygiene or appearance by introducing a new product to your personal care products or wardrobe.

Heartbreak is more than just sadness; it affects your being and even those around you. It’s important to get the right help during this difficult time so you don’t fall back into your old habits or develop unhealthy habits that could negatively affect your future. Furthermore, it’s imperative to your healing to find the best resources to get you back on track towards maintaining a healthy mindset. Serenity View uses only evidence-based treatment plans to help treat addiction, reoccurring disorders, trauma, and more. They offer the support you need to get through heartbreak, as well as solutions that will inspire growth and confidence for your future.

 

**https://www.healthline.com/health/depression-and-overeating

**https://www.magnoliarecoverycenter.com/why-choose-us/treatment-approach/

**https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1565&context=stu_hon_theses

**https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-squeaky-wheel/201501/7-mistakes-you-need-avoid-after-breakup

**https://www.magnoliarecoverycenter.com/the-value-of-quality-treatment-when-struggling-with-addiction/

**https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cardiomyopathy/what-is-cardiomyopathy-in-adults/is-broken-heart-syndrome-real 

 

Mental health counseling can play a crucial role in addiction recovery. Therapy gives patients the tools they need to avoid triggers, cope with unpleasant feelings, and resist the urge to use drugs and alcohol.

Therapy, however, isn’t enough for addicts to get clean. People living with substance abuse need help from medical professionals who know the most effective ways to reach and maintain sobriety. Therapy can play an important role in long-term sobriety, but it often fails when patients don’t receive the medical care and support that they need.

Withdrawal Symptoms Need Medical Management

Withdrawal symptoms force a lot of addicts to use drugs and alcohol. During the pain of withdrawal, people will do practically anything to escape the side effects.

Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the substance a person abuses. For example, alcoholics who quit “cold turkey” may experience symptoms like high blood pressure, fever, hallucinations, confusion, and anxiety. People severely addicted to alcohol can even die from seizures caused by sudden withdrawal.

Medical detoxing lessens the severity of withdrawal symptoms and makes it easy for addicts to survive the first stage of getting clean.

Serenity View Recovery Center takes an evidence-based approach to manage the symptoms of withdrawal.

Medications Used to Encourage Getting Clean

Serenity View Recovery Center uses a variety of medications to help patients get clean. Patients addicted to alcohol benefit from:

  • Naltrexone that reduces alcohol cravings and the rewards from drinking.
  • Acamprosate that makes long-term withdrawal symptoms manageable.
  • Disulfiram that diminishes the appeal of drinking by making people sick when they consume alcohol.

Patients recovering from heroin and opioid addictions get help from:

  • Methadone that reduces symptoms and changes how the brain responds to pain.
  • Naltrexone that reduces cravings and prevents the rewards of using opioids.
  • Buprenorphine that produces a weak reward while withdrawing from opiates.

Including these medications in treatment plans increases the chances of long-term sobriety by helping people get through the withdrawal period and finding substances less satisfying to use.

Addicts Need Help From Support Networks

Medical detox helps addicts make a big step toward recovery. Everyday challenges, however, can lead to setbacks. That’s why recovering addicts need strong support networks that they can turn to when they feel tempted to use.

Twelve-step programs give millions of people access to support networks and sponsors. Making a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous can help addicts remain sober even when they encounter triggers.

Family can also provide much-needed support. Serenity View Recovery Center gets family members involved during the first steps of addiction recovery. Family education teaches loved ones about how addiction functions as a disease; how they can provide support without enabling unhealthy behaviors; and how they can forgive addicts for the mistakes they’ve made.

The center also encourages family to visit their loved ones during recovery. Reestablishing family bonds can create a family support network that addicts need while repairing the harm that addiction may have done to relationships.

Therapy is an integral part of learning to live a sober life. But it is only one part of an effective treatment plan. When addicts get help from experienced medical professionals, they get to recover from their addictions without suffering some of the painful withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to learn strategies for long-term sobriety.

Sources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mindfully-present-fully-alive/201712/fundamental-factors-success-in-addiction-recovery

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-addicts-lie-20150221-story.html

Many people struggle with FOMO, aka the “Fear of Missing Out.” This term refers to the feelings of loneliness and emptiness people sometimes feel when they’re worried their friends and loved ones are somehow happier or enjoying life without them. Everyone struggles with feelings of loneliness and even FOMO from time to time, but it seems to rear its ugly head in our darkest moments. When you’re already discouraged, struggling, or focusing on yourself for long periods of time, FOMO can make you feel even worse. For this reason, FOMO can be particularly stressful for those recovering from addiction. Here are some ways to cope and, hopefully, overcome FOMO.

1. Exercise

A lot of people are sick of hearing the benefits of exercise, but it really couldn’t be better for your mind and your body. Besides all the obvious benefits like weight loss, cardiovascular health, etc., exercise helps keep your brain functioning at its best. In fact, exercise is proven to boost feelings of calmness and reduce depression and anxiety (both of which contribute to FOMO).

If you’re not already exercising regularly, consider adding a daily job or yoga session to help boost those endorphins and increase your energy. What do you have to lose?

2. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness isn’t exactly the same as meditation, but they do usually go hand-in-hand. Mindfulness is the art of staying present in each and every moment. Instead of focusing on the past or the future, people who practice mindfulness are simply aware and grateful for the moment that is currently happening.

It’s hard to succumb to FOMO when you’re focused on the present. Instead of wondering what other people are doing, you’re appreciative of your own life and actions.

Meditation can certainly help people learn to develop mindfulness, but that’s not the only way to encourage the skill. Ideally, mindfulness becomes part of every action, every day. You can even learn to watch TV mindfully, just by focusing on your environment and letting go of all extraneous thoughts.

3. Keep a Gratitude Journal.

Journaling is an age-old custom that still benefits many people today. It’s one of the best ways to pour your thoughts out without worrying about other people’s judgment or condemnation.

There are many different types of journals that can help FOMO, but a gratitude journal seems to be the most beneficial. Each day, write down at least five things that make you grateful. Really focus on these things, and try not to use the same five things every day.

If you’re having a particularly difficult day, look back on past journal entries to help you remember better times. Many times, FOMO can make you feel like you’ll never be content again when it’s really just a temporary feeling that will pass quickly.

How We Can Help

Serenity View Recovery Center focuses on treating addiction by offering opportunities to help focus the mind. Because addiction often begins with feelings of depression or anxiety, we include meditation, yoga, and other treatments along with our traditional treatment options. We also take an individualized approach to recovery with therapists ready to help talk through any issues you may face, including FOMO.

Our goal is to help you through addiction recovery with tools and techniques to help you stay sober no matter what life may throw your way in the future.

Emotions play an important role in the recovery process for individuals who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. One of the strongest emotions that occurs during one’s road to sobriety is anger. Anger is a natural emotion people experience when they go through a frustrating situation, and it’s no different for individuals who are overcoming an alcohol or drug addiction. But when anger is not properly managed and becomes compulsive, volatile, and dangerous, then it’s not far from transforming into an addiction as well.
Without managing anger and reducing anger addiction, those who are recovering from substance addiction can face several risks, including committing crimes, destroying personal relationships, becoming violent, and even relapsing. Here’s how anger addiction impacts that journey to sobriety (and ways to overcome it):

Anger Feeds the Reward System

Just as drugs and alcohol feed the brain’s reward system, anger can do the same. However, the issue with this is that anger trumps rationale and morality [1]. Since anger can trigger dopamine—the brain’s reward receptors–anger addiction is similar to the rush individuals get from substance abuse.

Anger Boosts Ego

It’s not uncommon for individuals who are on their sobriety journey to experience moments of weakness. Even if they do not fall back into alcohol or drug abuse, individuals’ recovery from drug and alcohol addiction often have insecurities. Latching onto anger is a way for individuals who are on their sobriety journey to boost their egos and confidence. Anger is also an emotional avoidance tactic. Rather than feeling hurt or insecure, the individual uses emotion to avoid depressive feelings [2].

Anger Addiction Requires Management

Subsiding anger addiction during sobriety requires taking effective steps to manage anger. There are several actions individuals with anger addiction can take to reduce volatile behavior and emotions associated with their anger addiction, including:
  • Exercise. Doing physical exercise helps to reduce anger. There are several types of exercises individuals can do to reduce their anger, such as biking, jogging or walking. A study by The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine also indicated that T’ai Chi is an effective exercise to help reduce anger in those who battle alcohol abuse [3].
  • Practice meditation and mindfulness. A Conscious and Cognition study suggested that a simple 20-minute meditation session is effective in reducing anger [4]. Individuals who need help with managing their anger while recovering can start practicing meditation and mindfulness by sitting in a comfortable position and practice breathing exercises. Even if thoughts arise, individuals on the path to sobriety can simply note these thoughts and return to focusing on their breathing exercises by letting the thoughts come and go as they occur.
  • Practice self-awareness. Recognizing the signs of anger addiction is essential to managing one’s anger addiction during recovery. An inability to control one’s anger, threatening violence and a consistent feeling of hostility are signs of atypical anger [5]. It’s important for individuals to practice self-awareness and recognize the signs so they know to get help.
  • Move on. People frequently stay angry in most cases because they are unable to move past negative experiences. However, it’s crucial for individuals on the path of sobriety to learn to move forward. Avoiding dwelling on the past is the key to creating a positive mindset.

Final Thoughts

While anger addiction can impede staying on course for many individuals fighting to maintain their sobriety, it does not have to be a journey they need to travel alone. Instead, Serenity View Recovery Center can help [6]. Serenity View Recovery Center offers services to help with anger management and substance abuse from a professional, licensed staff so that individuals get the help they need on their path to sobriety.
Sources List
[1] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-shrink/201508/angers-allure-are-you-addicted-anger
[2]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64124/
[3] https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2016.0246
[4]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26748026
[5] https://www.healthline.com/health/why-am-i-so-angry#symptoms
[6]https://www.psychologytoday.com/us?tr=Hdr_Brand&utm_source=TDL&utm_medium=House_Link&utm_campaign=TD_TopL

While some people think that the term “emotional sobriety” means feeling good while abstaining from drugs and alcohol, it’s more accurate to define emotional sobriety as the ability to feel good and bad feelings.

Substance abuse often starts and continues as a way of masking unwanted emotions such as anxiety, anger, disappointment, and fear. Maintaining emotional sobriety makes it possible for men and women to experience feelings without getting so overwhelmed that they return to substance abuse.

Anyone finding it difficult to remain sober should explore these three ways to maintain emotional sobriety. There is a good chance that at least one strategy will work well.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness focuses on remaining in the present. Through daily meditation, people learn to recognize thoughts that lead to unwanted behaviors. For example, an alcoholic may learn that thoughts of inadequacy lead to anxiety, which makes him or her want to drink.

By practicing mindfulness, recovering addicts often discover that negative emotions don’t last forever. A person can learn to experience feelings like fear and anxiety without judging them. Knowing that the feelings will pass helps keep the emotions in perspective.

Mindfulness also teaches people that they don’t have to let thoughts dictate their behaviors. A woman who feels frightened doesn’t have to drink. She can separate her internal behaviors from her external behaviors. Even if she cannot change her feelings, she can change how she responds to her feelings.

Popular mindfulness exercises include:

  • Mindful breathing.
  • Mindful observation.
  • Mindful walking.
  • Mindful meditation.
  • Mindful eating.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise offers countless health benefits, including those related to mental health. Exercise and emotional sobriety have a chemical connection. When people exercise, their brains produce more endorphins, a neurotransmitter that interacts with opiate receptors to create feelings of safety, love, and relaxation.

Exercise does more than increase endorphins. It also lowers levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.

Practically any type of exercise can help people maintain emotional sobriety. Men and women who are physically fit enough to walk or jog can get tremendous benefits from cardiovascular exercises. Those with health problems that prevent vigorous exercise can try options like gardening, stretching, and even household chores.

Join a Reliable Support Network

Overwhelming emotions can make it difficult for recovering addicts to control their behaviors. Mindfulness works well, but sometimes people need to hear supportive advice from an outside voice.

Joining a reliable support network is key to maintaining emotional sobriety. It’s one of the reasons that 12-Step programs are so popular. When a recovering addict feels that he or she cannot resist using, the person can turn to others for help.

Twelve-Step groups aren’t the only options for reliable support networks. Many people get emotional support from their families, church groups, and friends.

Serenity View Recover Center alumni can connect with each other online and in real life when they need help abstaining.

While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, recovering addicts need support networks that encourage them to make healthy decisions and stay sober. If you are struggling with sobriety, please contact us at Serenity View. We are here to help.

Emotional sobriety helps to maintain overall sobriety. When people learn to reduce negative emotions, accept emotions that they can’t control, and ask for help from members of their support group, they dramatically improve their chances of staying sober for a lifetime.

Sources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/emotional-sobriety/201107/what-is-emotional-sobriety

https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/emotions/endorphins.htm

https://www.pocketmindfulness.com/6-mindfulness-exercises-you-can-try-today/

 

In large quantities, alcohol can have negative and serious consequences on the human body’s systems and organs. Below is an overview of the damage it can do.

The Brain and the Thought Process

Alcohol impedes neural pathways, and it makes neurotransmitters act in irregular ways (1). Because the brain cannot send direct messages to the rest of the body, many activities are hindered. Speech is slurred, for example, and hand-eye coordination suffers. Moreover, people who have been drinking often lose their sense of balance, which can result in dangerous falls.

Further, an individual’s ability to think clearly is obstructed and his or her inhibitions are loosened, both of which can lead to poor decision-making. Alcohol likewise prevents the brain from storing memories as it normally does, which is why most people have trouble remembering events at which they consumed a large amount of alcohol.

If a person drank heavily for a long period, irreversible brain damage could be the outcome. That individual might suffer from permanent memory loss and an inability to control the emotions.

The Digestive System

The liver cleanses the blood as it leaves the digestive tract. However, over time, filtering out alcohol can strain the liver and cause scar tissue to overtake healthy tissue, leading to a medical condition called cirrhosis. This disease often causes liver failure, which can be fatal.

Note that women are more prone to liver disease than men. In part, that’s because women tend to absorb more of the alcohol they drink.

Near the liver is the pancreas, which produces enzymes that aid the digestive process. However, excessive alcohol intake can stimulate the pancreas to produce too many of those enzymes, which in turn can cause pancreatitis. That painful condition is sometimes chronic, and it can interfere with proper digestion (2).

Without a healthy liver and pancreas, the body might not process sugar correctly or produce a sufficient amount of insulin. Thus, a person can be susceptible to hyperglycemia (too much blood sugar) or hypoglycemia (too little blood sugar).

Heavy drinking can also make it difficult to digest nutrients correctly, which can bring about malnutrition.

The Heart, the Skin, and More

As the years pass, routine or periodic excess drinking can cause the cardiovascular muscles to stretch. High blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat can then develop (3).

In addition, the diuretic nature of alcohol dehydrates the skin, and its toxic content can make the skin seem older than it is (4). Alcohol also eliminates healthy bacteria inside the body and disturbs the balance of hormones, which sometimes prompts skin inflammation, redness, and acne breakouts.

Copious drinking may also curtail a person’s sexuality. It often prevents the body from secreting sex hormones, which can result in infertility, erectile dysfunction, and a loss of sexual interest.

Especially worrisome, medical researchers have linked long-term alcohol consumption to various cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, breast, liver, and colon. It appears to be a carcinogen that destroys healthy cells and makes space for cancerous replacements.

Seeking Help

An effective method for overcoming alcohol addiction is medical detoxification. During this process, a patient stays at a rehabilitation facility where trained healthcare providers carefully monitor him or her, and they offer counseling and medication to ease withdrawal symptoms. After this treatment, the patient goes immediately to a rehabilitation program.

With professional assistance, people may be able to stop the health effects of heavy drinking from becoming permanent. Contact us today to let us know if you are ready to get medical assistance; we at Serenity View are here to help you.

Sources:

  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/30350860/the-science-of-alcohol-how-booze-affects-your-body
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/alcohol/effects-on-body#1
  3. https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body
  4. https://www.elle.com/uk/beauty/skin/a40482/effects-alcohol-on-skin/
The prescription drug problem in the United States has become an epidemic. Around 2.1 million Americans used drugs non-medically for the first time last year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health [1].
The problem is, prescription drug addiction can happen to anyone. It affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. It wrecks lives.

What is Prescription Drug Addiction?

Around 20 percent of the American population has used prescription medication in the past [2]. Many patients are able to come off prescription drugs successfully. Other people, however, are unable to control their use of these drugs. That’s because many of these pills are extremely addictive.
Fentanyl, codeine, oxycodone — these are just some of the most addictive prescription drugs out there [3].
Doctors prescribe prescription medication to patients. Some of these patients, however, will experience withdrawal symptoms after their prescription has come to an end. As a result, they will crave more prescription medication and might try to get a repeat prescription or seek out drugs from other sources.
“Many of these drugs continue to be prescribed legitimately, yet continue to end up in the hands of those intent on abusing them,” says DrugAbuse.com [4]. “As would be expected, the resale value of some of these medications can be quite high. The price to society as a whole, however, is also taking its toll, as more and more people find themselves in the ER or hospitals for prescription drug overdoses or worse, deaths.”

How Widespread is the Problem?

Prescription drug addiction affects millions of people in the U.S. Over the last 15 years, significantly more people have visited the emergency room because of prescription medication misuse [5]. Moreover, unintentional overdose deaths from opioid rain relievers have increased four-fold since 1999 [5].
“People who take opioid painkillers for too long and in doses too large are more at risk of addiction and more likely to die of drug poisoning,” says the National Safety Council [6]. “The numbers are staggering.”

Solving the Problem

There are two main treatments for people who abuse prescription medication.
“Addiction to prescription opioids can additionally be treated with medications including buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone,” says the National Institute on Drug Abuse [7]. “These drugs can counter the effects of opioids on the brain or relieve withdrawal symptoms and cravings.”
As well as medication-assisted treatment, people can seek behavioral treatments for their prescription drug problem. Typically, this includes individual or group therapy. Rehab centers specialize in prescription drug addiction and can help people on the road to recovery.

What Does the Future Hold?

Many people know the dangers associated with “street” drugs like heroin. However, there are still many misconceptions that surround prescription drug use. As a result, more people are campaigning for better prescription drug misuse prevention.
“Part of the reason for the rise in abuse is the increased availability of these medications,” says Live Science [8]. “Between 1991 and 2010, prescriptions for opioid painkillers increased from 75.5 million to 209.5 million, while prescriptions for stimulants increased from 5 million to 45 million, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.”
Many doctors are quick to prescribe prescription medication and patients are unaware of the consequences of these drugs. The truth is, some prescription pills are extremely addictive and result in serious health problems and even death.

Sources:

[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/misuse-prescription-drugs/what-scope-prescription-drug-misuse
[2] https://www.webmd.com/g00/mental-health/addiction/abuse-of-prescription-drugs?i10c.encReferrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvLnVrLw%3D%3D&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14
[3] https://www.healthline.com/health/addiction/addictive-prescription-drugs#opioids
[4] https://drugabuse.com/library/prescription-drug-abuse/
[5] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/misuse-prescription-drugs/summary
[6] https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/opioids
[7] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/misuse-prescription-drugs/how-can-prescription-drug-addiction-be-treated
[8] https://www.livescience.com/36486-prescription-drug-abuse-solutions.html

When one ponders how to achieve the progression of our fellow man it suffices us to say various things that are perhaps more based on opinion than actual fact. Meaning that a point of view arises that can easily be dissected into both and yet still meet the qualifications for a scientific method conducted within a social prism, that we could identify simply as communication. Apologies if my presentation sounded a bit winded. I simply wish to draw your attention to the complexity of an art form that we all often take for granted. It is within this framework that a person grows from infancy through to adulthood. The words of our loved ones are often the first sound that we hear that are actually meant to engage us and embrace our attention for the purpose of creating a conduit of love. That is if our early years are based in a positive context with loving parents who make us a priority, so often this goes awry and quickly the developing mind is wrapped in dysfunction and mayhem and Erickson’s first step of bonding on the continuum of Trust vs. Distrust is slanted away from the most advantageous and sent crashing down into the quagmire of doubt and pain which in turn becomes a negative self-concept that lays a fertile ground for the creation of a fake self.

I am aware that this seems a laborious segway into what I intend to achieve with the progression of this work. The meaningfulness is centered in the intent to foreshadow if you will the genesis of man’s inhumanity to man and how in what seems to be a simple format we engage our clients in a cathartic exercise most commonly referred to as ‘process group’. As clinicians, we muster these people of pain into an interactive dynamic where we intend to guide them through their anguish and toward the more positive side of the emotional development scale. It is here that the opportunity for change becomes paramount as we seek to connect therapeutically with all the participants and still accomplish individual goals while not misaligning any of the growth that has gained purchase in the new fields that have been plowed and enriched by insightful exploration of self.

A process group becomes the new incubator within which you can grow a person with a perspective that they have never had knowledge of or simply only seen in others and thought that they could never achieve. This process should be organic and allow for the ebb and flow of ever changing perspectives to be acknowledged and cultivated toward the concept of the greater good. A north star is symbolic with the direction a person would willingly travel or incorporate in a manner that would allow them to find their bearings in the world to avoid the deep sense of dread that can befall someone adrift in a sea of disconnection. The greater good becomes that northern star and can be used as the fulcrum for the realignment of flow in building a purpose driven therapeutic dynamic.

Once achieved, the clinician must become in synch with the groups emotional movements and work to elicit conversations that can be developed into fruitful gains for all members. For this to be accomplishable the clinician must be centered and grounded as the person they are and have the intuition to see the potential in each of the participants as they create a new path of progression. While maintaining the group dynamic and weaving the independent threads of each member a tapestry appears where the means and measure of growth become intertwined in a cohesive melody of conviction, arching over the hemisphere and into the horizon where the enigmatic fulfillment occurs resulting in the casual factor of the greatest progressions. Simply stated ‘love of other’, it is when this harmonizing feature becomes an achievable inundate of self that all will grow and move forward from distrust to trust, thus accomplishing the first step of Erikson’s developmental theory and synchronizing the members future endeavors with the concepts of the greater good.

Written by: Brian “Happy” Bryanson, LPC.