Friday, October 21, 2016
Regret is a normal human emotion. We’ve all said or done things that we wish we hadn’t. But some people find it difficult, if not impossible, to let go of regrets and move on. For many of them, drug or alcohol abuse and (ultimately addiction) becomes their way of temporarily escaping the pain. At our Sacramento alcohol rehab, we understand how the inability to move past regrets can have terrible consequences.
Getting a Fresh Start
While people often feel powerless when they are in the grip of their regrets, there are steps you can take to come to terms with them and have a healthier outlook on life. Read more from this blog:
Thursday, October 20, 2016
These days, the term “positive affirmation” is likely to get an eye roll from the person who hears it. For many people, the children’s book “The Little Engine That Could” comes to mind, with its “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can” refrain. But scientific studies have repeatedly shown that these mantras can decrease stress, improve confidence and self-image, and increase performance on challenging tasks. And at our Sacramento rehab center, we know that getting onto and staying on the road to recovery can be very challenging.
Programming Ourselves to Stay Positive
Under stressful conditions, it’s common for negative thoughts to arise. “This is overwhelming.” “I can’t do it.” “I’m going to fail.” They are often our emotional “default setting.” Read more from this blog:
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Is my addiction based in my mind or my body? Addicts and their loved ones often find themselves pondering this age-old question. Some would argue that it really doesn’t matter — an addiction is an addiction, and it needs to be treated. However, from a treatment perspective, it does matter, as it affects everything from a person’s treatment plan to their odds of successfully beating the addiction. At our center for addiction recovery in Sacramento, we know that the truth is somewhere in the middle.
Mind or Body? It Depends.
Some people feel that in order for a person to have a true addiction, they must be both psychologically addicted (meaning they have uncontrollable cravings for the substance) and physically addicted (meaning they get sick when they can’t get the substance). Read more from this blog:
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
As anyone who is close to someone with a drug or alcohol dependency knows, that condition can easily destroy more than one life. Addiction is a powerful force that left unchecked can consume everything in its path. At our drug treatment center in Sacramento, we encourage the loved ones of a person with an addiction to love and support them as best they can, but also to take care of themselves.
The Right Blend of Support and Self-Defense
Loving someone who has an addiction doesn’t have to be a “me or them” decision. Take these steps to help yourself cope with the stress and ensure that your life isn’t damaged in the process. Read more from this blog:
Monday, October 17, 2016
When a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction, it can be tough to admit that fact to ourselves and even tougher to admit it to friends and family. A very natural reaction is to deny it or minimize it or rationalize the reasons why the person is drinking so much or so often. However, at our alcohol rehab center in Sacramento, we know that ignoring the reality of the situation is not helpful to you, your loved one, or those around you.
Common Excuses for a Loved One’s Problem
Being aware of the excuses you make for your loved ones is an important first step toward getting on the path to recovery. Here are some of the most common justifications people make. Read more from this blog:
Sunday, October 16, 2016
As you consider getting help for a meth addiction, the first thing to know is that the number of people who have used, or are using, meth is huge. In other words: you are not alone. Next, it’s helpful to know what to expect from a program like our Sacramento detox center. Having a sense of what to expect can help ease the anxiety you might naturally feel when thinking about starting treatment.
Four Steps in Meth Recovery
While every person’s path for recovering from a meth addiction is different, the process generally includes these steps:
Before you start your actual treatment, you’ll have some open and honest conversations with a counselor. They’ll ask questions about your addiction and use your answers to develop a recovery plan that is designed to meet your specific needs. Read more from this blog:
Saturday, October 15, 2016
We all want to be supportive of our friends who are struggling with an addiction. In many cases that takes the form of a respectful silence — just “being there” for them. However, as we tell the families and friends of the people we work with at our Sacramento rehab center, sometimes you need to have a frank conversation with them. But where do you start? How do you engage them in conversation about their addiction without looking like you’re confronting them? It’s not easy, but it can be done.
Breaking the Ice
Being direct and telling a friend who has an addiction, “You have a problem. You need help.” isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if your gut tells you you need to ease into the conversation instead. Read more from this blog:
Friday, October 14, 2016
While people often think of drug or alcohol dependency and suicidal behavior as two entirely separate and mostly unrelated issues, the two are intertwined far more often than people might expect. The reason why is clear when you look at the factors that drive a higher incidence of each. Depression shows up as a leading cause of both substance abuse and suicide. At our drug rehab center in Sacramento, we encourage people to be aware of these strong ties.
The Startling Numbers
The government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that nearly 40,000 people commit suicide each year — roughly one person every 13 minutes.That’s more deaths annually than from homicides and AIDS combined, and more than from car accidents. In addition, there are 25 suicide attempts for every suicide death. Read more from this blog: