Sunday, February 14, 2016
Isolation from an eating disorder
An eating disorder is a mental disorder that takes control of you. In an extreme situation, a person could isolate themselves from everything leading to homelessness.
Not just for girls
Right now according to the National Eating Disorders Association there are about 30 million people in the U.S. with eating disorders. Did you know that 10 million of those are men? It’s hard because men aren’t always recognized as having an eating disorder. This is due to the way eating disorders on men aren’t as easily diagnosed as it is for women.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Smoking pot may not hurt you physically but as far as mentally – you can feel incapacitated. Rehab centers in Sacramento CA really want to focus on evidence that shows how this is possible. Researchers published a study in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors that shows that college students are a big group that are suffering from smoking marijuana. 1,1000 college students were studied over an eight year period to find an unfortunate outcome.
1. You didn’t cause it
2. You can’t cure it
3. You can’t control it
Now that you know that, it probably doesn’t make it much easier to sit still. You are probably wondering, What can I do? There are some very helpful ways you can help and there are also many ways you could make things worse. So, here are some guidelines on what Sacramento detox clinic would suggest you do as well as don’t do.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Filling the void with drinking
Mr. Phelps had won 22 medals, but it didn’t stop him from feeling the need to drink hard. When he was pulled over for driving while intoxicated, Phelps had a blood alcohol level of 0.14 – much higher than the legal level to drive. This wasn’t even his first time driving under the influence and thus he was given a six-month suspension.
For about 6 years, California has seen 2,600 cases of alcohol poisoning in teens from hand sanitizer alone. How many cases haven’t been caught? New Dawn Treatment Centers, a Sacramento recovery center for substance abuse and other rehabilitation is appalled at just how serious of an issue drinking hand sanitizer has become in recent years. Carrying the burden of addiction on your back isn’t easy – especially when it comes to resisting that addiction. Now a new trend is surfacing that is affecting mainly alcoholics, teens, and prison inmates and believe me it won’t clean your insides. These groups are consuming hand sanitizer in order to get a sweet little taste of alcohol.
Once an addiction starts, it will take time to beat it. Just as the addiction didn’t take a day to get you hooked, it won’t take a day to get you sober. New Dawn Treatment Centers, a Sacramento rehab facility, believes strongly in creating a routine that will be a strong foundation for you. Although not everyone is the same, a simple morning routine can be beneficial for everyone. Try these tips to help you on your way to recovering. 1. Drink a tall glass of water One of the best things you can do for yourself in the morning is grab a glass of water. It is refreshing, hydrating, cleansing, and purifying. Drinking a glass of water is a great way to flush out toxins, wake your brain up and give it fuel, and speed up your metabolism. You not only will be healthy but you will feel it. And it will feel good.
Stress is all around us – but it is how we deal with it that matters. Life has ups and downs, but we must learn to overcome these troubles. We must learn to pick ourselves up after we fall and say, “It’s just a little dust,” and wipe ourselves off. Learning to handle the burdens that life brings your way is a big step to taking control of your life. Stress dealt the wrong way While these stresses happen, many of us seek to take back the control in our lives in the wrong way. One way that is extremely unhealthy could be through an eating disorder. Advisor to the National Eating Disorder Association, Claire Mysko, believes that the eating disorder will not help the stress levels in anyway and will actually make them worse. She told the Huffington Post, “People who struggle with eating disorder are often highly prone to stress anyway. But the actual behavior and the disorder itself can really intensify those feelings.”
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Do you know what happens when someone begins to have cocaine withdrawal? Feelings such as paranoia, suicidal thoughts, hunger and extreme tiredness are just a few of the signs someone is coming down from cocaine high. Knowing the signs and symptoms of this drug can help you better distinguish if someone is suffering from an addiction. The sooner you see someone displaying any of the symptoms below, the sooner you can seek help from a Sacramento detox center. Prepare yourself for a wild ride because cocaine is a highly addictive and life-threatening drug – even when stopping use. Suicidal tendencies It is extremely common that after taking Cocaine to receive a feeling of euphoria. About Health explains that it, “Stimulates the brain in the same way that a real accomplishment does, creating a rewarding feeling.” This is the main reason, getting high like this over and over again is so appealing. Losing this high does the exact opposite.
"Binge Drinking has been a big problem in the United States, but new research shows that it is getting worse. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health says that Americans are drinking 17% more since 2005. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation surveyed every county throughout the United States to get a good look at the consumption of alcohol. Hopefully with this new research there will be ways to target specific groups and utilize Sacramento binge eating disorder treatment centers to assist with binge drinking. The study found that while there wasn’t really a change in the amount of drinkers – it was the amount of drinking that had increased. Over ten years, the binge drinking rates for women went up to 36% while men’s binge drinking rates went up 23%. Men are usually more likely to continue binge drinking, but women are drinking even more now.
"Having a traumatic experience can stay with you your whole life – especially when it comes to an eating disorder. Even those who have received help from an eating disorder clinic in Sacramento may find they are still affected by the burden of feeling unhappy with their weight and appearance. A new study from the University of Utah and published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders shows that the battle is not over specifically for female adults who have suffered through an eating disorder in their younger years. While the long-term health side affects for Anorexia and Bulimia are known due to much research, there is a lack of research when it comes to non-health related long term side effects. That is, until the university of Utah decided to find out if there were any socioeconomic consequences affecting men and women into their early adulthood due to eating disorders.
Living a sober life sounds easy but in reality it takes a lot of dedication and hard work to stay that way. While it should be easy to start a new life and live a new way, there are always going to be people from the past looking to bring the addicted down with them. But it is not the end of the world and many people do recover. With the help of a Sacramento rehab center, there are good influences to assist through the process of becoming a better and healthier person. The reason that it may be hard to stay sober while in recovery is because there are familiar people who bring up the memories of using drugs again. The road to a new life is not one that can be taken with old drug buddies, unless they are trying to remove drugs from their life as well. Those who contributed to addiction, unfortunately, will be of no help to a sober future.
No one ever thinks they will get addicted to a heroin. No one plans on being dependent to something that will ruin his or her body from the inside out. But it happens – and Sacramento rehab centers want you to know that it’s easier than you would think. Many don’t believe they will get addicted to heroin, let alone battle with it the rest of their lives. But if you don’t believe us, believe those who struggle to stay clean from heroin everyday. A few people sent The Guardian comments about their personal addiction and how soon after trying heroin they became addicted now struggle daily to stay clean. “For the past 26 years I’ve thought of heroin every day. Every junky wants to be clean. Every using junky also wants more heroin. Call it a contradiction call it what you want. But no junky wants the life they have.” – James, 26 years clean.
From a young age, we’ve been told that that drugs are so bad that they should never be used. So why in the world are people finding it necessary to experience them? School districts, TV commercials, billboards, and other outlets of advertisement are trying to sway kids away from trying drugs like sprinkles on a sprinkled donut – by being everywhere. But still, more and more teens and adults need the help of drug rehab centers in Sacramento, CA because they are now addicted. So why do we do drugs when we know they are bad for us? Curiosity killed the cat Although the dangers of drugs are put out into the universe through multiple forms of advertisement – people still must try it themselves. This curiosity is hazardous. The media doesn’t necessarily help out either. There are many movies out there that glorify the use of drugs.
Oh, denial! There is a huge reason that “denial” is the first stage of many recovery systems. It’s because it’s the easiest to reach for. It’s the “goto” we “goto” when we don’t realize that our self-awareness isn’t as self-aware as we thought. Something we’ve so desperately tried to hide and deny for years has finally spilled over into the road for all of our friends, families and strangers to see. And this all happens while we sit back and believe that it hasn’t. Earlier this year, comedy writer Amber Tozer wrote an article on Thefix.com about the 11 ways to Convince Yourself You is Not an Alcoholic. The article hilariously goes through the lies we tell ourselves in order to appease out conscience. Here’s a few she covered, contrasting the things we tell ourselves and the events that really take place.
The impulse to “blame” is in every one of us. The need to hold someone or something responsible for a negative outcome almost feels like it’s a part of our DNA. It’s very rare to run into somebody that takes full responsibility for his or her actions. Following that same line of thinking, sometimes the “blaming” goes overboard. Sure, it’s ok to take responsibility for our actions, but a lot of times we can really over-internalize things. Some things aren’t our fault, so knowing when to turn the “blame” off is important to our overall mental health. In a recent study done by Kelly Klump, a psychology professor at Michigan State University and Sarah Racine, a psychology professor at Ohio State, found that something called “negative urgency” may be responsible for behaviors in connection with binge eating and how it may be brought on by depression. Their latest study was published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.
Over the past decade there has been quite a troubling trend in the arena of drug addiction and overdose. In a study that came out in 2013 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, it’s shown that only 11% of the 22.7 million Americans who need drug or alcohol were able to take advantage of help. Another staggering number that came out of the study was that there are nearly 44,000 deaths a year in the U.S. alone, due to drug overdose. This number exceeds the number of deaths caused by car accidents or any type of other injury.
If you’re not familiar with Ronda Rousey, here’s a quick description. She’s basically the baddest woman on the planet right now. More specifically , she the UFC’s (Ultimate Fighting Championship) undefeated, Woman’s Batamweight Champion. She’s won all 11 of her fights, by knocking out two of her opponents and submitting the other nine by armbars. Not only is she the woman’s bantamweight champion, but she’s also an medaling Olympian in Judo. So needless to say, she’s pretty tough. Recently, her book “My Fight, Your Fight,” revealed a few facts that a few in and around the sport knew noting about. It turns out that Rousey faced an eating disorder, bulimia, back when she was a Judo champion. In struggling to make proper fighting or competition weight is when her battle with bulimia began. Luckily she was able to overcome it with the help of friends and family.
In tackling the issues that go along with eating disorders, it is very important that we are looking through the correct lens. That way, if we, who may not have never gone through the struggle, might have a little bit better of an understanding on how to help those that suffer from them. Knowing and debunking myths associated with eating disorders will not only educate you, but it may lead to you being able to help in saving a person’s life. There are many myths out there that about eating disorders that are both overtly untrue and more importantly, plain dangerous. These myths and beliefs generally go unchallenged due to the fact that the entire realm of eating disorder issues are unusually shrouded in secret and shame.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to addiction is, that you’re not alone. Knowing that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get help, but there really is no reason to feel isolated. Not only are there thousands of people going through the same exact scenario that you are experiencing, but there are millions more that know the lock that addiction can have on ones life. Seeking out rehab in Sacramento is one of the best decisions you could make for yourself. An article published in Psychology Today by Shahram Heshmat Ph.D., an associate professor of Health Economics of Addiction at the University of Illinois at Springfield, suggests that addictive behaviors have a lot to do with attachment anxiety. Basically, the more abandoned we feel, the more we will try to fill that void with distractions.
Out of all the things you shouldn’t try at home, alcohol and drug detox are at the top of the list. As much as we all want to be able to “pull-though” on our own, the realities are that it is very dangerous to do so. We have all heard stories and myths about how somebody your friend knows was able to just quit every “cold-turkey.” And who knows, maybe they did, but medically speaking, it’s not a safe idea at all. Having a team of trained medical and mental health professionals in your corner is imperative to your long and short-term safety. When detoxing from alcohol, especially following chronic use, you may suffer from delirium tremens (DTs). Delirium tremens is a state of confusion of rapid onset and will cause rapid heartbeat, shaking, shivering and in some cases death due to a very high body temperature.
Well all know how hard it is to stick with something. Some things are no big deal to let go of, but other times keeping up with our commitments are literally “life and death” scenarios. There’s an old quote that goes a little something like this, “The value of a postage stamp depends on its ability to stick to where it’s going.” That makes since right? How are you going to get the value out of a task of you only do it halfway? When it comes to going to rehabilitation centers in Sacramento, CA, that quote couldn’t be more relevant. In recovery, making sure you take all of the steps necessary and that are offered, could really determine if your commitment sticks. Knowing what your triggers are, are sometimes something that is learned over time.
Over the past couple of years a disturbing development has been going on in regard to the numbers surrounding the drug use of heroin. In October 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did a study of deaths cause by the use of heroin and the numbers are simply staggering. The CDC’s released report shows the results from a study done of heroin deaths in 28 states. It found that between the years of 2010 and 2012, the death rates in the included states had doubled from 1,779 to an unbelievable 3,635, not including another 10,000 deaths linked to the use of prescription painkillers. And just as the death toll has risen, so have the number of heroin seizures. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2014 Nation Drug Threat Assessment Summary showed that heroin seizures in the US went up percent form 2009 to 2013. The belief that with the legalization of marijuana, drug trafficking organizations have had to find another way to make money.
The science of addiction is ever evolving. From year-to-year, new developments are made that help zone in on all of the variables that cause and perpetuate addiction. With most addiction, the root cause is not always what it seems. One of the latest findings is that those who suffer from ADHD are more likely to begin drug use two years before those who don’t. “The take-home message of this study shouldn’t be that children with ADHD are more likely to become drug users, Rather, seemingly ‘normal’ teenage behavior, such as experimenting with tobacco or alcohol use, may occur at younger ages for individuals with ADHD and so this might serve as a red flag for an accelerated gateway to illicit drug use.” said Eugene Dunne, the study’s lead author.
As unfortunate as it would be to find out your teenager is struggling with addiction, the fact is that a study done by the Archives of General Psychiatry showed that a78 percent of American teens have tried alcohol, 81 percent have been offered drugs and 43 percent have used drugs. If these numbers don’t concern you, they should. With those types of stats, the need for balanced parental vigilance has never been more in demand. And if you are or know of any parent that think “it’s no big deal,” you may want to reconsider that stance also.
In the world of addiction, most of the attention is usually spent focused on substance abuse, and rightly so. Addiction is classified as a compulsive behavior that reaches far behind the consumption substances. For instance, binge-eating disorder is a fairly prevalent eating disorder that affects many, but is regularly under diagnosed due to the lack of awareness in the medical community. Recent estimates show that 1.6% of females and 0.8% of males have suffered with a binge eating disorder over the past year. Even more recently a screener has been developed to help identify those that might be suffering, called the Binge Eating Disorder Screener-7 (BEDS-7). The screener was developed by and team led by Barry K. Herman, MD, of Shire Development.
In life, approach is everything. Coming on too strong about any subject is one way to turn a potential listener into someone that will never hear or respect your opinions. Self-awareness is one of the biggest relational assents one can bring to the table. Knowing how and when to approach someone the correct way can sometimes lead to the change that saves his or her life. A lot of times when a friend or family member has an issue, we make it about us. We internally harp on how their behavior makes us feel, never letting go how their behavior affects our lives. It’s much easier to live in the seat of judgment rather than having a stance of understanding and patience.
Sometimes when you’re in the midst of a battle, you get so enthralled in it that you forget to ask for help. You’re too busy wresting with every demon that the thought to call for help escapes you. Maybe you’ve never had to call for back up, or maybe the last time you did call, it never came. Regardless of whichever scenario you find yourself in, help is always available. Some people out there may feel that they don’t need help with the battle. In fact, some would believe that there isn’t any battle going on at all. Although there are flaming arrows flying overhead and they’re constantly cutting people around them, they still think that things are fine. Well, here are a few clues that you might be in the position of needing some back-up and rehab help. Rehabilitation centers in Sacramento, CA like New Dawn Treatment Centers are a great place to start.
No matter what product or service you seek out, you must make sure that it meets your personal needs. One person’s opinion of greatness may not live up to your expectations of greatness. How many times have you checked out a highly recommended restaurant just to walk out grumbling under your breath, “I mean it was ok…” I guess when that happens it isn’t that big of a deal. But when it comes to services that are dealing with more permanent issues in your life, like addiction treatment, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing more than just only taking someone’s word for it.
Unfortunately the life of a person with an eating disorder is shrouded in secrets and shame. Becoming a master of manipulations and half-truths, those with eating disorders are able to fool every friend and family member around them into believing nothing is wrong. That’s why as a friend or family member it’s important to keep a keen eye out for your loved one. By knowing, recognizing and addressing even the smallest symptoms and behavioral changes could save the life of the person suffering. In the case of anorexia, there are a few things to look out for. The first thing to be aware of is, a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight and an intense fear of gaining weight.